Monday, July 2, 2018

America's Great Divide

America’s Great Cultural and Political Divide

America is more divided culturally and politically than at any time since the 1850’s.  Real and authentic dialogue does not occur and violence and the threat of violence increase daily.  We are on a precarious path with potentially dangerous outcomes. (read more)

Monday, March 7, 2016

Sunday, March 6, 2016

The Conservative Constitution

"A nation’s constitution can be created overnight, claimed Clinton Rossiter incautiously at a symposium over thirty years ago. Witness, he continued, the guiding instruments composed by several European countries shortly after each of the two world wars. Present at that same symposium, Russell Kirk answered Rossiter’s statement with a simple question: “Where are those constitutions now?” Indeed, the framers of any enduring constitution must consider “the history, the moral order, the resources, the prospects of a country—and much else besides,” states Kirk in his latest book, The Conservative Constitution. Furthermore, writes Kirk, 'Those framers must have some understanding of what Edmund Burke called ‘the contract of eternal society.'"

excellent post at The Imaginative Conservative

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Secessionist Papers

Annotated Secessionist Papers - Book 109 pages

Why is it important to talk about secession? Few people that believe secession is a legitimate political theory, right and recourse also believe that in a practical sense it is achievable, reasonable or even preferable. Devolution is a complicated matter and requires a more or less united political will among a people within a region or area – within the confines of modern America it seems unlikely any such will of a sufficient majority will soon emerge, anywhere. The question thus remains, why even discuss the subject? 

It is important to honestly discuss the matter because it goes to the very heart of how the Union of States was formed, what the Constitution was to mean and what relation the central government was to have to the people. Many of our contemporary political problems stem directly from a failure to understand foundational principles. Perhaps in engendering more honest discussions about foundational principles we might actually see contemporary problems more correctly.

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Publication Date
February 20, 2016
Barry Lee Clark
DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.1.2347.2405
ISBN: 9781310188398
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Publisher Statement
Secessionist Papers (February 20, 2016). Available at SSRN:
Published by The Calhoun Review, 2016
First Edition
Citation Information
Clark, Barry Lee and McCandliss, Brian and Block, Walter and Woods, Thomas E. and Clauson, Kevin L. and Sale, Kirkpatrick and McDonald, Forrest and Kizer, Gene H. and DiLorenzo, Thomas J. and Livingston, Donald W, The Secessionist Papers (February 20, 2016). B. L. Clark, ed., The Secessionist Papers, The Calhoun Review, February 2016. Available at SSRN: