Symposium: Looking Back, Looking Ahead
The Metaphor as Wrecking Ball, a review of Hamburger’s Separation of Church and State
By: Cory L. Andrews
A Providential Constitution?, a review of Brownson’s The American Republic
By: Ralph Hancock
Liberal Conservatism, Not Conservative Liberalism, a review of Scruton’s The Meaning of Conservatism
I recall very sharply how, in the autumn in 1939, as I was driving on afternoon across the monotonous prairies of Texas to begin my third year in this post, it came to me like a revelation that... I did not <I>have</I> to go on professing the clichés of liberalism, which were becoming meaningless to me. I saw that my opinions had been formed out of a timorous regard for what was supposed to be intellectually respectable, and that I had always been looking over my shoulder to find out what certain others, whose concern with truth I was beginning to believe to be not very intense, were doing or thinking. It is a great experience to wake up at a critical juncture to the fact that one does have a free will, and that giving up the worship of false idols is a quite practicable proceeding.