Everything lives or dies by politics because of its capacity when benign to allow all around it to flourish and when malign to make all around it wither.
– Charles Krauthammer
I’m very doubtful whether history shows us one example of a man who, having stepped outside traditional morality and obtained power, has used that power benevolently.
– CS Lewis
There is always this fallacious belief: It would not be the same here; here such things are impossible. Alas, all the evil of the 20th century is possible everywhere on earth.
– Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
The site provides an introduction to the wealth of excellent material that is available for a basic understanding of political philosophy and of how good and bad types of government develop and are structured. The core purpose of the site is to promote the idea that fundamental principles and characteristics are common to good governments and good societies, that the worst countries violate many or all of those principles, … Read More about Purpose
Anyone interested in understanding how the lessons of history, particularly recent history, can guide us in understanding how the different forms of government, and different government policies, can have such profoundly different effects on the lives of their citizens. Our colleges and universities and our entire educational system are dominated by a perspective that ensures that most students graduate without an appreciation of the principles on which this country is based and without a clue as to why they have been so fundamental to its success.
This site is linked to a number of important organizations and institutions that analyze government policy and current events, and introduces selections from the enormous volume of brilliant material available about different forms of government; and how they can so powerfully affect the welfare, or lack thereof, of their citizens – a critical topic both ignored and distorted by the dominant trends in American education today.