Category Archives: Theory of Gov’t

Plato’s Warning Against Mob Rule

By Jeff Rutherford Here’s a portion of Book VIII of Plato’s Republic (written in 381 BC), as helpfully paraphrased by Will Durant in his popular 1926 book The Story of Philosophy. The numbers refer to the pages in Plato’s original … Continue reading

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Due Process of Law, #4: America’s Founding – The Capstone of the Age of Enlightenment

1818 painting by John Trumbull First draft of the Declaration of Independence being presented to the Second Continental Congress By Jeff Rutherford [Part 1 was called “Can a Law be Unlawful?”] [Part 2 was called “What Makes a Government’s Actions Legit?”] … Continue reading

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Left and Right Worldviews on the Iran Deal

Intro by Jeff Rutherford Twice recently I have shown Dr. Thomas Sowell’s side-by-side comparison of the Left’s vs. Right’s conflicting instincts about how best to maintain international peace. 

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Due Process of Law, #3: Cicero and St. Thomas Aquinas Preserved Aristotle’s Flame

Statue in Aristotle’s Park at Stagira, Greece (photo credit) By Jeff Rutherford [Part 1 was called “Can a Law be Unlawful?”] [Part 2 was called “What Makes a Government’s Actions Legit?”] As I try to plow this field of the … Continue reading

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DeHavelle.com: “Natural Law, Natural Allies”

(graphic credit) By Keith DeHavelle, 6/19/2015 Reblogged from DeHavelle.com Natural Law, Natural Allies From time to time, I mention in these writings that I am non-religious. This has always been true of me; I am not a “converted” or “lapsed” … Continue reading

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Conservatism Empowers Economic Strength

(photo credit) By Jeff Rutherford — first posted in October 2013 Summary of the Conservative Worldview Here are some fundamental principles of Conservatism arranged in a row of dominoes that fall, each into the next, along a logical path. Conservatism’s … Continue reading

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Due Process of Law, #2: What Makes a Government’s Actions Legit?

By Jeff Rutherford [Part 1 was called “Can a Law be Unlawful?” and was generously re-blogged by Citizen Tom.] Part 1 recalled that the first embodiment of respect for individual rights against the tyranny of despotism into western statutory law … Continue reading

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Due Process of Law, #1: Can a Law be Unlawful?

(graphic credit) By Jeff Rutherford I’m often tempted to try and devise a set of questions as a litmus test to reveal whether a person leans towards Conservatism or Progressivism.  Here’s a candidate question for such an ideological litmus test: … Continue reading

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Piecing Together Obama’s Grab for ‘Legacy’

By Jeff Rutherford I believe President Obama honestly does not want Iran to have a nuclear bomb.  Many conservative bloggers won’t concede that, but I will. However, I cut Obama no further slack – because he and his administration are being … Continue reading

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Regarding a Nuclear-Armed Iran — ‘A Conflict of Visions’ on Keeping Peace

(photo credit) By Jeff Rutherford In the seventh chapter of Dr. Thomas Sowell’s 1987 book, A Conflict of Visions – Ideological Origins of Political Struggles, he described the difference between the political Left’s and the Right’s vision of power, force, … Continue reading

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