Political Philosophy

John Ruskin and the Purpose of Political Economy Share This

Micah Meadowcroft | Jul 20, 2020 | Culture

As we seek a realignment in American political economy we would do well to rediscover the thought of a 19th-century critic who did not like us very much. John Ruskin (1819–1900) found Americans obsessed with a liberty he considered license and naively committed to an ideal of equality he believed impossible: “also, as a nation, […]

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Hamiltonian Means, Jeffersonian Ends Share This

Samuel Hammond | May 20, 2020 | Economic Development

My American Compass co-blogger, Michael Lind, likes to portray America’s development as a tug of war between the ideals of Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson — nation builders and industrialists on the one hand, and laissez-faire localists on the other.  It’s an eye-opening way to interpret the turning points throughout U.S. history, and yet the […]

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