Edmund Burke Archives - Ethics & Public Policy Center

What Trump Doesn’t Get About Conservatism

Perhaps the principal reason for doubting Mr. Trump’s conservative credentials is that being a creation of social media, he has lost the sense that there is a civilization out there that stands above his deals and his tweets in a posture of disinterested judgment.

Redeeming the Miracle

More than any book published so far in this century, Jonah Goldberg’s Suicide of the West deserves to be called a conservative classic.

A Crisis of Liberalism?

There is much to admire in Patrick Deneen’s book Why Liberalism Failed, which combines impressive learning in the history of political theory and genuine attention to the complex realities of contemporary life. But the book is also deeply flawed, and in the end its critique lacks the prudence, realism, and generosity of spirit that wiser cultural critics have demonstrated in their own deep efforts to confront the problems of modernity.

Declaration of Disruption

Chaotic leadership can inflict real trauma on political and civic culture.

Partisans of Liberal Education

We ought to read great books and great thinkers to learn from them what we may not already know, and what might challenge what we think and how we think.

Edmund Burke’s Economics of Flourishing

Considering the link between economic liberty and human flourishing through the lens of the thought of Edmund Burke is a good way to be reminded of the moral and political depths of economic questions, because Burke thought about economics almost exclusively as a function of such deeper questions.

Europe is Under Threat

A Europe unwilling or unable to give an account of why its idea of the human person and human community is superior to others on offer in the 21st-century world is unlikely to be able to defend itself against external threats, or to cope with those once-external threats that have become internal threats.

Why MPs Have a Duty to Resist Online Petitions

The lesson of history, that mass movements threaten freedom, is a lesson that will never be learned. This is why we have parliaments, with their complex procedures, committees and reviews.