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Victor Nuovo: Burke and the English Constitution

Posted on April 19, 2018 |
By Victor Nuovo



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Editor’s note: This is the 11th in a series of essays about political liberalism and conservatism and the two-party system.

Edmund Burke (1730–97) was born in Dublin before Ireland was an independent republic. His father was a successful lawyer, a Protestant, and a member of the Church of Ireland, the Irish counterpart to the Church of England. He was educated at Trinity College in Dublin, which was then a staunch Protestant institution. He began his career as a writer.

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Victor Nuovo: Condorcet: A Tale of Two Revolutions

Posted on April 12, 2018 |
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Editor’s note: This is the tenth in a series of essays about political liberalism and conservatism and the two-party system.

Condorcet, a leading philosopher in the French Revolution, believed that he was living in a revolutionary age — the “rights of man,” of life, liberty, equality and property had so caught fire in the minds of people that they could no longer ignore or endure the oppressive wrongs of their governments.

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Victor Nuovo: Progress is a hallmark of liberalism

Posted on April 5, 2018 |
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Belief in human progress has been a hallmark of liberalism. It is the expectation that the economic, moral and political circumstances of this most problematic of animal species, mankind, will improve indefinitely over the course of time for as long as there is life on earth.

Condorcet was confident of this. He believed that, through a careful study of history, the laws of human development would become evident, and that possessed of the knowledge of these laws, humanity would be empowered to achieve its own perfection through democratic means.

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Victor Nuovo: Condorcet and the French Revolution

Posted on March 29, 2018 |
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Editor’s note: This is the eighth in a series of essays about political liberalism and conservatism.

Nicholas de Condorcet (1743–94) was a French aristocrat, mathematician, philosopher and revolutionary. He pioneered in the use of probability theory to explain social behavior, decision-making and voting patterns. He was a founder of modern political science. He was also a tragic figure: he was a leader in the French Revolution and became one of its victims.

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Victor Nuovo: Diderot's religion: a philosophy of nature

Posted on March 22, 2018 |
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Editor’s note: This is the seventh in a series of essays about political liberalism and conservatism.

By Victor Nuovo

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Victor Nuovo: Diderot on duty and justice

Posted on March 15, 2018 |
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Editor’s note: This is the sixth in a series of essays about political liberalism and conservatism.

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Victor Nuovo: Diderot’s Political Naturalism

Posted on February 22, 2018 |
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Editor’s Note: This is the fifth in a series of essays on the origins of liberalism and conservatism.

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Of all the great personages of the Enlightenment, Denis Diderot (1713-1784) is probably the most modern; that is, his opinions anticipate all of modern liberalism.

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Victor Nuovo: Creating equality

Posted on February 15, 2018 |
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Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a series of essays about political liberalism and conservatism.

When I finished the previous essay, I realized that I was not finished with Rousseau or “The Social Contract.” This goes without saying; one can never be finished with a work of genius, which this surely is. My purpose is more modest. In the previous essay, the question was how to preserve individual liberty in society. There remain to be considered the great themes of equality and public morality, about which Rousseau has important things to say.

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Victor Nuovo: Rouseau and The Social Contract

Posted on February 7, 2018 |
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Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of essays about political liberalism and conservatism.

Rousseau wrote “The Social Contract” to answer this question: Taking human beings as they are, that is, born free and self-interested, is it possible to discover a “legitimate and reliable rule of government” for them?

It is the same question that was asked by James Madison and the Federalists, so the question should be of great interest to us all.

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Letter to the editor: Editorial wrong on bridge effort

Posted on February 1, 2018 |
By Victor Nuovo



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