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National Interest, National Purpose: Reimagining Morality and Foreign Policy

The United States was the first modern polity to claim political legitimacy on the basis of its recognition of certain truths, hard-wired into the human condition, about the human person and freedom. It would be unworthy of us not to take that history seriously as we think about our responsibilities in the world in the twenty-first century.

Pondering the Glory of America: Wilfred M. McClay’s Land of Hope: An Invitation to the Great American Story

A land of hope is one that is ever moving toward a better future but also one that must see its limitations and appreciate how to work within the context of limitation. Wilfred McClay’s account of America ultimately points readers toward this seeming contradiction which, in his woven-together story of the country, reveals itself in the end as the glory of living out tensions inherent in the human condition.