Salutations my fellow friends of liberty! Recently I have been consumed by the themes of ancient political philosophy and their revival in the very times we are living in now. In the near future I will be starting a series of blog posts titled “Ancient Correctives to Modern Conflicts,” where I will feature one classical author, book, or argument every week and try my best to relate it to a modern conflict facing us today.
Why care about the past?
There is a restful finality in our philosophical heritage that bears an inspiring scepter of truth. The past has been very beneficial to my understanding of our country and its founding. The fathers and authors of our nation were keenly aware of these classical claims, and it was their education in the classics that created their moral character or virtue.
This was the object of the Declaration of Independence. Not to find out new principles, or new arguments, never before thought of, not merely to say things which had never been said before; but to place before mankind the common sense of the subject, in terms so plain and firm as to command their assent, and to justify ourselves in the independent stand we are compelled to take. Neither aiming at originality of principle or sentiment, nor yet copied from any particular and previous writing, it was intended to be an expression of the American mind, and to give to that expression the proper tone and spirit called for by the occasion. All its authority rests then on the harmonizing sentiments of the day, whether expressed in conversation, in letters, printed essays, or in the elementary books of public right, as Aristotle, Cicero, Locke, Sidney, etc….
So I invite you to join me in the discussion and revival of theses ideas and to rekindle the spirit of the “American mind” that Jefferson felt was so essential to our Union and prosperity. (Also feel free to suggest topics in the comment section below.)
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