Ted V. McAllister

In Search of the Real Coolidge

calvin-coolidge-whitehouse August 13, 2013

Our interest in historical subjects says as much about our society as about the subjects themselves.  The growing interest in the life, thought and presidency of Calvin Coolidge issues from frustration with contemporary politics and politicians—none so much as Barack…

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Public versus Government Schools

August 9, 2012

In an essay posted at the law and liberty blog I explored how Progressives seek to rear citizens–to create the kind of citizens well suited to the Progressive administrative state.  Part of my argument is that government schools have ceased…

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Whatever Happened to the Playful Ad Hominem?

July 24, 2012

Few things excited or engaged my mind as a child as much as Buckley’s playful ad hominem attacks, launched regularly at his guests on Firing Line.  The debates concerned heavy issues, but somehow the surprise verbal assaults elevated the conversation—gave…

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Nisbet, Austerity, and Progressive Community

July 24, 2012

Over at the Liberty and Law blog I am writing a series of essays in which I examine Robert Nisbet’s ideas in light of contemporary austerity.  In the first essay I reflect on how the over-reach of the administrative state…

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Cars, Individualism, and the Paradox of Freedom in a Mass Society

cars October 14, 2011

The automobile squared perfectly with a distinctive American ideal of freedom—freedom of mobility.

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Rocky and the New Populism

rocky September 9, 2011

Today we can easily forget how dark things looked in the 1970s and how much people feared that they might be living in the sunset years of our nation and its characteristic way of life. We forget how important patriotism and a belief in the goodness of the nation were to the health of the republic.

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Iris Chang and the Delicate Art of Remembering

inside-chang August 5, 2011

A proper remembering requires more than telling the facts or chronicling the plunder, rape, murder in Nanking; it requires that one explain the event.

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Can the Left Govern?

January 19, 2011

Recently I was asked to participate in a symposium on Michael Berube’s “The Left At War” for the journal “Politics and Culture.”  I took the author to be scolding those he calls the “Manichean Left” because they threatened the ability…

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Allan Bloom and Homogenizing Nature

August 31, 2010

What is the purpose of education?

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Liberated From Community?

August 18, 2010

Was Nisbet wrong about the quest for community?

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Pale Liberalism

wolfe August 2, 2010

It is time to reopen the questions about human nature, about human autonomy, about the desirability self-creation. Liberals should, in brief, broaden their horizons to ponder competing views of human flourishing.

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The Anti-Propaganda of Calvin Coolidge

June 28, 2010

In a wonderful little essay on Calvin Coolidge (Calvin Coolidge: Puritanism de Luxe) written in 1926, Walter Lippmann described the president as having mastered the “technique of anti-propaganda” by sapping public interest in government, by deflating enthusiasm for programs, projects,…

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A Product of Speed

Nostalgia June 21, 2010

Nostalgia is, therefore, an index of alienation, communal decrepitude, and, at high levels, cultural patricide.

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Where have all the freshmen gone?

March 4, 2010

Heaven forbid. . .

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Citizens of the World, Divide!

December 15, 2009

Moorpark, CA…. We are told to be careful with our words, to be aware of how our words might make other people feel or of how we might be misunderstood.  However important is this advice (and it is

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Diversity Industry

November 9, 2009

This week I received a directive (the precise source of the directive is not clear nor is the intent) to demonstrate that in my classes I teach my students to become “citizens of the world.” I will spare you other…

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