Author: Edward J. Erler


Natural Right Is Not a Narrative

Kenneth Kersch’s political universe is comprised of competing narratives and stories—“fighting faiths” as it were. His Conservatives and the Constitution (2019) follows the development of conservative narratives and stories since the second half of the 20th century when conservatives decided to make the Constitution and the founding their “fighting faith.” Although Kersch attempts to maintain an academic…


Heed Trump’s Warning on Sovereignty

“The future does not belong to globalists,” President Trump told the dedicated globalists at the United Nations in his speech there last month. “The future belongs to patriots. The future belongs to sovereign and independent nations who protect their citizens, respect their neighbors, and honor the differences that make each country special and unique.” In…


A Republic, If You Can Found It

The Law & Liberty website features what amounts to an attack on the American Founding by Professor Ted McAllister titled “Self-Rule is the Basis of American Nationalism… Not Natural Rights.” It is putatively a response to Steve Hayward’s Liberty Forum essay on nationalism, but fails to grasp the essence of Hayward’s argument. I will leave…

28 minutes

Founders Keepers

Only justice preserves regimes, not history or tradition.

6 minutes

Birthright Questions, Founding Answers

The Declaration and the Fourteenth Amendment grasped citizenship through social compact.

21 minutes

The Citizenship Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment: the Congressional Debate

A reply to Professor John Yoo's and Judge James Ho's case for the original understanding of the 14th Amendment.

8 minutes

Citizenship, Immigration, and the Nation-State

A reply to the hysterical arguments made by progressive liberals and others who should know better.