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Mandeville, LA - (Thanks to The Imaginative Conservative for this repost of Prof Gutzman's essay) Kevin Gutzman was once and aspiring young author and not the Colossus of Constitution we know and admire today (see his James Madison & The Making of America"). Back in 1994, Gutzman was presented the opportunity to partially weigh in on the famous dialogue that embroiled the young "American Exceptionalism" movement begun by Professor Harry Jaffa. If you've ever wondered how L….Continue
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The whole modern world has divided itself into Conservatives and Progressives. The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of Conservatives is to prevent mistakes from being corrected. Even when the revolutionist might himself repent of his revolution, the traditionalist is already defending it as part of his tradition. Thus we have two great types — the advanced person who rushes us into ruin, and the retrospective person who admires the ruins. He admires them especially by moonlight, not to say moonshine. Each new blunder of the progressive or prig becomes instantly a legend of immemorial antiquity for the snob. This is called the balance, or mutual check, in our Constitution. - G.K. Chesterson