Month: June 2020

To Mask or Not to Mask? Lessons from the 16th Century

Here in my native Virginia, our governor issued an executive order effective May 29, requiring the wearing of masks in any public indoor setting, including church services. My own congregation, and most that I am acquainted with, cheerfully complied, but...

/ June 20, 2020

A Government of Force or a Government of Laws?

Recent events here in America have increasingly exposed the rapid collapse of the idea of authority in late modernity. Authority, as Oliver O’Donovan has frequently noted, has a mysterious, elusive quality, and it can disappear in a hurry. This is...

/ June 10, 2020

“Great Danger of Fatal Extremes”: Hamilton on Revolutionary Excess

One of the defining features of political conservatism is a fierce commitment to the principle that the ends do not justify the means. Whenever there is popular anger at some injustice, real or imagined, the advocates of change will try...

/ June 3, 2020