Are Progressives “Liberal”?

I have been teaching the progressive movement in college classes for over two decades. Progressives always had one goal: power. They were born in the Deep North and found a political home in the early Republican Party. They were also smart. Progressives thought locally and acted locally, particularly in the late 19th century when the movement seemed dead. You see, “national” politicos thought they killed …more

Has the Middle Class Been Forgotten?

In 1883, sociologist William Graham Sumner coined the term “The Forgotten Man” in a lecture at the Long Island Historical Society in Brooklyn, New York. This lecture was later published with a collection of essays after his death in 1910. Sumner correctly argued that the American middle class was being squeezed by those at the top and those at the bottom. Those at the top …more

Why Don’t Americans Want to Join the Military?

Young Americans are refusing the join the military. In fact, for several years in a row, the military has fallen short of its recruitment goals. The question is why. Newsweek provided some answers, and surprisingly, were generally spot on. But they missed the larger picture. We take it for granted that the United States needs a standing army over nearly 1 million men and women. …more

African Founders and Albion’s Seed

I’ve often been asked a variation of the same question: “If you had to choose one American history book to recommend, what would it be?” The answer is simple: David Hackett Fischer’s Albion’s Seed. I don’t make this suggestion lightly. There are other fascinating and important works to consider, but Fischer presents a compelling tale of early American culture that cannot be ignored. Culture matters, …more

The Government Can

Back in 2009, the comedian Tim Hawkins created a funny little tune titled “The Government Can“. It went viral for a time–as good as it could get in 2009–but the point was simple. The government can do anything it wants. Why? Because the Supreme Court said so, that’s why. Don’t you know history, McClanahan? You see, the Supreme Court has been expanding the powers of …more

What is the Real Lie About the “Civil War”?

What is the greatest lie about the Civil War[sic]? If you asked a few dopey establishment professors, they would certainly say “The Lost Cause” while pointed a finger at you and sneering “Neo-Confederate.” They really believe that there are in the minority on this issue. I would argue that they have become so entrenched in establishment America that simply uttering anything contrary to their views …more

What is the Greatest Threat to America?

I like reading Jonathan Turley. He is about as honest as a lawyer can get, no offense to any lawyers on my list. I know a few better than Turley. He’s sometimes wrong, but so is everyone else, even yours truly at times. That said, that sometimes happened in a recent column he wrote for Fox News. Turley thinks the greatest threat to America is …more

Do Oligarchs Run America?

In the early 19th century, John Taylor of Caroline warned about the fusion of big government, big banks, and finance capital. All three could be tamed, but only if they never aligned. He particularly worried about the impact unconstitutional tariffs, federally funded internal improvements, and a central bank would have on the American political order. These were the vehicles for the paper jobbers to take …more

What is an “American” Foreign Policy?

American foreign policy is a disaster. It has been since the 1860s. Most people forget that the American empire was not created in the last thirty years. It began as an extension of the moral self-righteousness of the Republican crusade against the South during the War. Democracy and American liberty needed to be extended across the globe. So did the dollar, but that didn’t have …more

Did the Founders Make a Critical Mistake?

Jamelle Bouie is almost always wrong. But he is the best opinion columnist at The New York Times. Why? Because he at least does some research before he scribbles for the newspaper, and his essays are generally thought provoking. Take for example a recent column that suggested the Founders make a critical mistake. I agree, but not for the reasons Bouie suggests. The Founders make …more