Defending the Republic: Texas

From one of the greatest men of the last two centuries, William Barrett Travis. Liberally-educated patriot and republican. ____ Commandancy of the The Alamo Bejar, Feby. 24th. 1836 To the People of Texas & All Americans in the… Read More

My Note to Ted Cruz, Facebook, 2009

‎ Bradley Joseph Francis Birzer‎ to Ted Cruz October 22, 2009 · “Ted, it was excellent meeting you yesterday morning. I was deeply impressed by you. I look forward to seeing you as Attorney General. With you in such a position,… Read More

The 2016 Election: Third Party?

  Waking up to the news this morning. Sheesh. Well, I’ve been eligible to vote in the presidential elections since 1988. And, I’ve voted: 1988: Libertarian 1992: Libertarian 1996: Republican 2000: Libertarian 2004: Libertarian 2008: Libertarian 2012: Republican… Read More

Voluntary Associations and America

Voluntary associations have played a vital and pervasive role in the development of the American frontier and West, as well as for the United States as a whole.  In an oft-quoted passage, Alexis de Tocqueville wrote in Democracy… Read More

Apple vs. the FBI

Amen, Apple.  Thank you.  Beautifully stated. February 16, 2016 A Message to Our Customers The United States government has demanded that Apple take an unprecedented step which threatens the security of our customers. We oppose this order, which… Read More

Eric Voegelin on Gnosticism

This morning, over at The Imaginative Conservative, Eric Voegelin’s Gnosticism. Though we associate Gnosticism with early Christianity, especially with the warnings against the “anti-Christ” in the writings of St. John the Beloved, Gnosticism actually emerged in the Near East… Read More

Goldwater at Notre Dame, Feb. 1962

The following is a link to Barry Goldwater’s speech—one of his best—given at Notre Dame, February 1962. Goldwater’s ally and friend, Russell Kirk, actually wrote the speech for the Arizona senator. By all accounts, the University of Notre Dame… Read More