A Call for A Federalist Party

I received the following offer from one who identified himself as Publius:

The Republicans are owned by quasi-private bureaucracies called corporatons and the democrats have adopted a fascist governing philosophy. Perhaps it is time for a new party.

Here’s my proposal:

The Federalist Party.


1. In economics, we reject both Marxist isms:

  • “Capitalism” that disregards land and labor when it considers means of production and reduces all to capital, thus destroying something valuable (capital) by turning it into an ism. When capital is exalted above land and labor, the corporations are unrestricted in their obligations and put their money interests above the interests of the people and the land. That leads inevitably to giant corporations that are above the law, that use the law to eliminate competition, and that are governed by buraucracies of the same sort as the state, thus leading to
  • Socialism, when the state controls the means of production. You must understand that the state loves capitalism, because it centralizes authority in a few hands. Thus we now have
  • Fascism, which is defined quite simply as “the corporate state.”

2. Instead, we call for tax policies and regulatory behaviors that disperse ownership of private property among as large a number of private owners as possible, thus eliminating the need for massive government bureaucracies to stifle the dangerous activities of the unfettered capitalists.

3. Vows and contracts are sacred and cannot be broken without a fittingly severe consequence. At the least, if one party breaks a vow, the other party is free from it.

For example, if a judge swears to uphold the consitution and then fails to do so, the community over which he has thus tyrannically acted is no longer bound to that judge’s appointment. The same applies to an executive or legislator, to all business transactions, to the marriage vow, etc. To hold someone to a vow or contract that the other party has broken is an essentially tyrannical act.

In politics:

4. We demand defined government, which is to say, we insist that the government cannot do whatever it wants and is able to do but that it can perform only what the people agree to hand over to them and what is derived from it’s natural duties, such as protecting the community over which it rules from any who would take away the right to fulfill their duties.

5. We call for a return to the natural law in the judiciary, the executive branch, and the legislatures. The fundamental principle of the natural law is that rights are derived from responsibilities and that responsibilities are derived from the nature of the case, which is obvious that vast majority of the time.

For example, a mother gives birth to a child and is genetically bound to that child. That mother will bear a natural affection for that child and will naturally know that child better than anybody with the possible exception of the father, whose relation to the child is also natural.

Therefore, it is obvious that, by nature, the father and mother of that child are the only ones who can enable that child to reach his fullest perfection. Every exception and qualification in no way changes that fact, nor the fact that the child whose relationship with his father and/or mother is broken or strained will suffer for it his entire life.

Authority is granted by nature as a right to the party that bears the responsibility and nothing a government does can remove that natural authority. Any attempt to do so is an act of tyranny, no matter how benign or kindly intended.

Thus the right to possess authority is granted, not by a people, but by nature, and nobody has the right to abandon his authority.

  • All men are responsible by nature to cultivate and care for their property, therefore they have the right (authority) to do so without interference, along with the right to protect their property from any attempt to steal or damage it no matter what party is attempting to steal or damage it. This right is derived from their responsibility for the property, not from a non-existing right to do as they wish with what is theirs.
  • All men are responsible by nature to maintain their own health and that of their family members. Therefore they have the right to do so without interference.
  • All men are responsible by nature to seek the perfection of their own nature and person, therefore they have the right (authority) to pursue their own well-being, wholeness, etc. without interference, including using religious means to that end.
  • All men are responsible by nature for the well-being and perfection of all those under their care. Therefore, they have the right (authority) to use their property to promote that well-being and to trade with others to the same end without interference from other parties, public or private. They also have the right (authority) to cutlivate virtue in those under their care according to their best wisdom without interference.
  • All men are responsible by nature for the well-being of the community of which they are members. Therefore, they have the right (authority) to participate in the governance of their communities, bound to limit that governance to what is granted by nature to the governing body and never, under any circumstances, assuming a duty that belongs to another party (e.g. a father, business owner, church leader, etc.), limiting their involvement to holding the members of the community accountable for their duties and supporting them in the fulfillment of those duties when such support is needed and does not violate any other duties or rights.
  • All men are responsible by nature to resist those who would meddle in their duties.

6. To fulfill these principles, we call on the federal government to withdraw from meddling in the affairs of local communities in which they are unfit to govern with wisdom and the personal understanding needed to make sound decisions.

However, we applaud the federal government for holding state and local governments accountable when the latter meddled with the rights of the children of the slaves to run their own households, to participate in their local governance, and to seek their own perpection and that of their children.

We condemn the racism of those who suppressed the African Americans and we condemn the racism of those who patronize them, holding out untenable promises in order to get their votes. We believe that the true Uncle Tom’s are those who prevent any group of people from freely seeking their own perfection in a condition of freedom, making them dependent on the largesse of the promiser. The only legitimate promise of freedom is the concrete freedom in which an individual of any race is able to seek his well-being in an independent community.

7. Whereas agents of the state are not and cannot be qualified to know what is best for individual children, we demand an education system in which parents have absolute freedom to choose the educational options for their children and where no parent or child is coerced to participate directly or indirectly in a form of education with which they do not personally identify.

8. Political decisions and structures must adapt to the circumstances in which they are made. However, any politician who attempts to lead the community over which he rules away from the definitions imposed on him by nature and by the agreements which the community (local, county, state, federal, etc.) has established through contract and vow, has forfeited his right to participate in the discussions about how to adapt to the given circumstances.

The community that permits such a person to continue to participate in political discussions and to maintain authority in the political arena has, by nature, abandoned its duty to protect the integrity of their community and has put themselves on the path to tyranny.

They have already forfeited their essential freedom, whether its present government has robbed them of it or not. They are bound by nature to turn from their error, to remove the natural criminal from office, and to review the duties they have abandoned, thus forfeiting their right to participate in their own self rule. They can only escape from their own servitude and slavery by fully assuming all of their natural duties, no matter the risk and cost to them personally.

9. We demand that our federal government return to the Declaration of Independence, or acknowledge that we are an illegitimate nation, quite literally. If there is no “law of nature and of nature’s God” then our rebellion against the king of England was a rejection of law and is therefore illegal. We are then bound to return humbly to the rule of the King of England.

That many of these policies may seem unpracticable does not change the fact that we are bound by nature to do them. If we do not submit to the law of nature, continuing on our current path toward unmitigated catastrophe, we will be a nation of slaves like the ancient Persians. If that is what we prefer, that is what we will experience.

In short, the Federalist Party is a call to Americans to resume the duties they abandoned out of love for money and the lower appetites, which have driven us, as predictably as sunrise, to anxiety, debt, and bondage. We do not believe that we are a free people and we suspect that we do not want to be a free people. But we offer this opportunity out of affection for what our ancestors gave us and out of our sense of duty.

Would you like to join The Federalist Party?

Our first action would be to refine and formulate this platform.

Our second would be to offer our platform to the Republicans and Democrats. If either of them wishes to repent, we will gladly hand this over to people wiser and more skilled in judging, legislating, and executing the will of the people and the law of nature.

If they will not, then we are duty bound to do what we are able.


Who Should Learn Science?

Prior to the Enlightenment, people who studied the natural sciences did so in order to know the nature of things so that they would know the appropriate way to treat them. During and since the Enlgihtenment, belief in the nature of things has been gradually lost until, now, it stands outside consideration. Science, having lost its purpose, serves the fancies and intentions of the politicians and business people who buy her services. In short, science serves those who love power and presume to strive for a world of their own design.

Science should not be taught apart from the quest for a propriety rooted in the nature of things. Only those students who have demonstrated reverence for the things that are should be introduced to the things that would change them.

Another reason to love long sentences

There is what cannot be said any other way.

I knew what she meant, and in that moment felt as though I had shaken off some of the dust and grit of ten dry years; then and always, however she spoke to to me, in half sentences, single words, stock phrases of contemporary jargon, in scarcely perceptible movements of eyes or lips or hands, however inexpressible her thought, however quick and far it had glanced from the matter in hand, however deep it had plunged, as it often did, straight from the surface to the depths, I knew; even that day when I still stood on the exteme verge of love, I knew what she meant.

Evelyn Waugh: Brideshead Revisited, Book Three, Chapter One

How many perfections can you find in that sentence? I, plunged deeply, for twenty-five years, into the extreme verge of love, I know exactly what he means, and I, absorbed in his craftsmanship, following him clause by clause, phrase by phrase, word by word, conjuntion by conjunction, and punctuation mark by punctuation mark, like a hunter on a scent or a gardener in the evening cool, moving or still – moving and still – I love the way he said it.

Waugh’s provides an exemplar for people who follow the Ben Franklin approach to learning to write by imitation of form. Give it a shot and watch as your mind follows the architecture of a sentence into the depths of a thought.

Latin is Practical

At least, it is if you value thinking. Here’s RM Wenley from the University of Michigan, in an essay called The Nature of Culture Studies.

Ability to write decent Latin prose, with dictionary at elbow, simply cannot be acquired without at the same time inducing the kind of mental organization which at length enables a man to go anywhere and do anything, as a great general phrased it.

He continues by quoting Mr. Shorey of Chicago (Paul, I believe), who insisted quite strongly on the importance of Latin studies for thinking purposes:

I am cynically skeptical about students who cannot understand elementary Latin syntax, but distinguish themselves in mathematics, exact science, or political economy. The student who is really baffled by the elementary logical analysis of language may be a keen observer, a deft mathematician, an artistic genius–he will never be an analytic thinker.

Then Wenley picks up the argument again:

I draw proof from my own experience. The most effective masters of the “positive” sciences known to me personally are invariably the men who have first acquired the mental organziation which the culture studies [i.e. Latin and Greek classics] confer; of this fact they are quite aware themselves. A creed was impressed upon them in these early years; not simply work, and still work, but work in a certain fashion. They gained connective processes; thereafter the rest is, not only easier, but immensely more efficient.

These passages from a speech delivered just prior to 1911 bring to mind Dorothy Sayers fervent defense of Latin in her Lost Tools of Learning essay, where she said,

If I were asked what, of all the things I was ever taught, has been of teh greatest practical use to me, I should have to answer: the Latin Grammar.

Or these words from CS Lewis:

Hardly any lawful price would seem to me too high for what I have gained by being made to learn Latin and Greek.

For myself, I can only say that the best training I have ever received was that time spent with my Greek New Testament in front of me and Young’s Concordance, Vine’s dictionary, Arndt and Gingrich, an analytical lexicon and whatever else I could get my hands on me spread out over my desk, bed, and floor. I wnated to understand the text. Through the intensity of my study, I learned how to think.

But I know only too well, from the taste I received, both how valuable the intellectual training is, and how much I would have benefited from more of it.

There is quite simply no substitute for Latin and Greek studies for people who want trained intellects, mature minds, and practical intellectual skills. Please teach them in your schools, whatever it costs.


The conference program is posted

At least the first draft. Not quite done yet, but it will certainly show you what a great line up we’ve got. visit out web site here to see it.

A Song for the mother of my children

We never named a kid Danny, though I do have a cousin named Danny who has a brother named David (also my cousin) and we named our first born David so there’s the link (see, math helps!). On June 13 he’s marrying Bethany.

Karen grew up on Anne Murray. This is another song for her.

Even though we ain’t got money
I’m so in love with you honey…

Everything is gonna be all right.

Yes, it’s syrup, but life’s a pancake. You need some.

25 years is not enough time

When you are dealing with all the challenges that life throws at you, 25 years seems like a long time. When you look back at it remembering what you did and didn’t do with the one you love more than anything in the world, it’s swifter than light. It’s the flash of a particular ray of sun on a pebble at the bottom of a placid mountain stream.

Thanks Jim, for putting it so well. I understand this song was written to his son, whom he lost. And thanks to the couple who posted it on YouTube.

I insert it here to my wife of 25 years and our five children, without whom my life would be a stagnant stew.

Why Should We Be First?

Modern schools undervalue what it means to be a human being. Therefore, they are dropping the arts like frozen hamburgers on an assembled bun. When we focus on an art, whether it be painting, dancing, swinging a bat, singing, or writing short stories, demands are placed on us that force us to draw from within us the powers of our human faculties. In other words, they humanize us; they make us human.

Being human is simply not a priority for the modern school. We don’t have the money for that. As a result, I must question whether our milieu is worth all the trouble we are enduring to keep it “competitive.”

A Tribute to my wife

Today, May 16, is one month short of the 25th anniversary of the day Karen married me. This video is a tribute to her.

And when the cupboard’s bare
There’s always something there
with my love

The Purpose of Literature

Literature is the means by which a community or society embodies its deepest commitments. That is why so many literary “bits” are needed. It is also why literature does not exist autonomously. It depends entirely on the spirit of its culture.

Thus David Hicks: “Literature is only as important as the culture it sustains.”

We have the opportunity to feed on a literary heritage that draws the best out of 3000 years of human history. Instead, we have chosen to follow the narrow claims of the rationalists and the empiricists, and let them run our schools. In spite of that, we have a fervent literary energy in our country. Only it lacks a logos.

In my wistful moments, I find myself wishing people could realize the seriousness of our situation. In my more resolute moments, I recommit myself to the work of the CiRCE Institute – especially the apprenticeship.