(Centennial Fellow) Energized by the Tea Party, a conservative comeback ostensibly rolls into Washington this month. But are the results desired truly going to happen?
Conservatives have two well–established, honorable impulses: they want a free country and they want a virtuous country. Continue reading
Centennial Institute Fellow Kevin Miller has brought out a book–length treatment of his provocative essay on freedom and virtue in American politics, published last year in Centennial Review.
Freedom Nationally, Virtue Locally—or Socialism was released Nov. 29 by Denali Press. Continue reading
(Denver Post, Dec. 5) What is CoDA? If you said a rock group, a wonder drug, or a state agency, you’re wrong. It’s the Colorado Democracy Alliance, today’s smartphone successor to the old dialup state Democratic Party. CoDA’s coup in turning Colorado blue is related in this year’s most important political book, “The Blueprint,” by Adam Schrager and Rob Witwer. Continue reading
(CCU Student) My purpose for this article is to stress the importance of reading the works of the most brilliant, disturbed, and influential minds of the last two centuries in order to understand how they have influenced our world. It is not enough to read about these men; one must read the original texts in order to gain a complete view and understanding.
Charles Darwin is arguably one of the greatest influences of the 20th century. His controversial theory of evolution offered a scientific alternative to the “New–Earth” creation that most westerners in the mid 19th century adhered to, and revolutionized the field of biological science. Most notably, however, Darwin’s theory presented itself as an alternative to a Creator God. Continue reading
(CCU Faculty) Waking up the morning after Tuesday’s historic midterm election, a song popped into my mind. Remember the end of the Wizard of Oz? When they began singing “Ding Dong the Witch is Dead”? That’s the song that came to me. It felt like a hymn.
Bottom line—the avalanche in the House was very satisfying. First, Obama’s agenda has been repudiated, dare I say refudiated?, by the American people. I told my young students, “If you are a partisan Republican you should enjoy this day. You won’t see another one in your lifetime.” 65 seats. Goodness gracious. And I thought the 52 won in ’94 was a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence. Continue reading
Markos Moulitsas, influential founder of the Daily Kos leftist website, takes moral equivalency to new and sickening depths in his new book, American Taliban: How Sex, Sin and Power Bind Jihadists to the Radical Right.
According to a synopsis of the book that he wrote for the Huffington Post, Markos has decided that conservatives are not significantly different from the murderous gangsters who terrorize Afghanistan. Following are some of his elaborations on that equivalence, with clarifying questions I’d like to ask him: Continue reading
Editor: A poll from 2008 on secession talk in the USA caught my attention and that of Centennial Fellow Vincent McGuire, who teaches politics at CU-Boulder. James Bennett, author of The Anglosphere Challenge and contributor of this month’s Centennial Review on the roots of American liberty, himself a Centennial Fellow, penned this thoughtful commentary at our invitation. The poll findings and a few words from Vince and me follow the main article. Continue reading
Review Essay on Lewis Sorley’s A Better War
(Centennial Fellow) In the sixty-five years since the end of World War II the most significant and formative single event in American history- beyond any question- is the Vietnam War. It reshaped our domestic politics, foreign policy, military doctrines, and popular culture in ways that still resonate powerfully nearly two generations after it ended. Continue reading
Randal O’Toole of the Cato Institute, author of the new book Gridlock, spelled out the fiscal folly of Denver’s light rail plans at Issue Monday, Feb. 22, hosted by the Centennial Institute at CCU’s School of Business. The mounting deficit is obvious as far away as London, where The Economist recently took note of RTD’s woes. Yet Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, now a candidate for Governor of Colorado, continues to brag on the project, as noted in this video report from Kelly Maher of the new website WhoSaidYouSaid.com.
Last Sunday in the New York Times, Patricia Cohen discussed the liberal bias that exists in academia, especially among the social sciences. Specifically, Cohen considers a new explanation being put forth by social scientists Neil Gross and Ethan Fosse that suggests that the professor moniker carries similar pre-conceived notions, similar to how many think of the field of nursing or elementary teacher. The difference being, while most consider nursing and teaching to be feminine, the pursuit of professorship is inherently liberal. They term this phenomena “typecasting”, where because of certain “stereotypes” about professors, many would self-exclude themselves from the pursuit of advanced degrees in certain fields. So, just as many consider nursing to be a “women’s profession,” Gross and Fosse conclude that many consider academia to be a liberal’s profession. Continue reading