Friday, April 27, 2012

Jeffersonianism Today?

The New Beginning links to Arthur J. Versluis's article reminding us that today's "Americans ha[ve] become accustomed to, even took for granted, virtually everything against which George Washington and Thomas Jefferson had warned: gigantic public and private debt, a massive national government, entangling foreign alliances, a standing army, undeclared war in the form of military interventionism, the destruction of American agrarianism;" and looks back to the time when "the American polis was weighted much more toward the local and regional than to the national government" — The Revolutionary Conservatism of Jefferson’s Small Republics.

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OpenID danightman said...

A lot of what we call politics is actually theological. Actually, all of politics touches on theology since politics classically derives from ethics.

Therefore, political change to the Jeffersonian, much more the Catholic conception, requires conversion of heart instead of argumentation, however brilliantly researched or eloquently spoken.

In other words, people have to change their hearts before they'll change their minds.

April 28, 2012 at 12:46 PM  
Blogger Iosue Andreas Sartorius said...

Well said, and good to hear from you.

May 2, 2012 at 11:01 PM  

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