Whatever Is True

Left, Right, & Center. Understanding each other through the classical liberal tradition.


Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Phil. 4:8

March 20, 2020

Many of us are central planners ourselves; we are the ones who make the decisions for production and distribution in our households, businesses, and social institutions. When an emergency arises, we are the ones who decide how to respond. So it’s only natural that with...

November 12, 2019

Here's me talking to the kids at Faith Ascent this summer.

May 5, 2019

I Want My Children to be Free

In the days of the old republic, we talked of what it meant to be free.  We knew what slavery really looked like: a slave must not be allowed to read, must not be allowed to think, must not be allowed to reflect.  He must not rule any aspec...

April 13, 2019

(At a recent retreat, I wrote a paraphrased version of Psalm 139 as a form of contemplation. This painting is by Hilary Sylvester at Baruch designs.) 

“How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast are the sum of them!”

Dear Lord,

You’re paying such close attentio...

April 10, 2019

I recently took a group of students to a conference at Georgetown University, and we tacked on a day to electrically scoot ourselves all over Washington D.C.  Don't get me wrong: I was thrilled to see the Air and Space Museum, and for my students to steep themselves in...

January 8, 2019

This talk was presented to faculty who gathered at a recent Urbana conference in St. Louis.

Hello, my name is Rachel, and I am a recovering sinner.  (Hi, Rachel).  George Stulac and John Inazu asked me to talk to you today about spiritual formation, and since I’m 100% c...

November 29, 2018

In May of 2018, the H.F. Langenberg Memorial Speaker Series brought Robert Frank and Charles Murray to campus in an event called “Culture and Opportunity in America”.  Frank discussed themes from his book Success and Luck, which deals with the social strains caused by...

August 30, 2018

Joshua Mitchell’s “The Identity Politics Death Grip” helped me to understand my strange relationship, as a classical liberal, with the social justice movement.  I am animated on issues of economic freedom and criminal justice reform, but feel deeply ambivalent about th...

August 14, 2018

Note: I presented this talk to a group of honors students last week, at a conference called "Has Liberalism Failed?"

I. Livingston’s Idiosyncratic reading of Hume 

In the ancient and medieval philosophical world, questions about what is real and what is valuable take pri...

August 14, 2018

Frederick Douglass (1818-1895), escaped slave, abolitionist, and public intellectual, could be excused for doubting our Constitution; after all, it did in fact require the return of runaway slaves. Upon reflection, however, Douglass changed his mind, insisting that the...

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