April 28, 2014
April 03, 2014
Is American Innovation Fading?
November 12, 2013
‘A Vision of the Impossible’: Taft on Progressives and Panaceas
In a wide-ranging discussion of the Progressive Era in her new biography of Calvin Coolidge, Amity Shlaes quotes a striking excerpt from a little-known speech by President William Howard Taft. Given in the middle of the 1912 election, in which Taft competed (poorly) against Woodrow Wilson and former President Teddy Roosevelt, the speech focuses on the predominant themes and schemes of his opponents, handily highlighting their limits. Continue Reading...
March 06, 2013
Women of Liberty: Joan of Arc
(March is Women’s History Month. Acton will be highlighting a number of women who have contributed significantly to the issue of liberty during this month.) Joan of Arc 1412-1431 The Maid of Orleans Young Joan, by any account, had a plain beginning to an extraordinary life. Continue Reading...
February 07, 2013
Men of God and Country in World War II
I frequently noted in the field, how chaplains – to a man – sought out front line action. And I assume that was because, as one put it, at the time: ‘There is where the fighting man needs God most – and that’s where some of them know him for the first time. Continue Reading...
January 31, 2013
‘Becoming Europe’ or Coming Full Circle?
December 11, 2012
The ‘High Tide of American Conservatism’ and Where We are Today
June 21, 2012
Summers on Catholics in the American Civil War
June 18, 2012
Amity Shlaes and the ‘Forgotten President’
June 08, 2012