David Inglehart

Channeling Sam Wainwright

Something about the Supreme Court's recent decision affirming the Affordable Care Act brings to mind Frank Capra's movie classic,"It's a Wonderful Life." For the sake of newly-arrived space aliens who may not have seen it, the movie stars Jimmy Stewart as George...

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The Error of Exceptionalism

Say one thing for Newt Gingrich, he has a way with buzz-words. During the run-up to the 2012 election the former-Speaker-turned-political-gadfly published a book on the  subject of American Exceptionalism, and ever since then the expression has become a catchphrase...

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Senator Cruz and the Second Amendment

Newly-announced presidential candidate Ted Cruz kicked off his campaign last week before a captive audience of students at Liberty University, a choice of venue that, for someone as outspoken as Cruz, seemed rather timid. After all, courting younger voters is one...

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The Tea Party’s misbegotten history

History has been described as a endless argument, and, given the interpretive nature of the subject, it could hardly be otherwise. Our understanding of the past is too important to the deliberations of the present to allow any one version of it to go entirely...

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Age of Revolution blog

Welcome and happy blogging. We will be posting on topics related to all three titles in the series--Born in Battle, Quest for Empire, and Fateful Lightning--with a view to connecting the origins of modern democracy to current issues and events.   Senator...

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Paoli Massacre

September 21, 1777: In the wake of the American defeat at Brandywine Creek on September 11, George Washington withdrew to the northwest with the bulk of the Continental Army, leaving General Anthony Wayne and about 2,500 men at Paoli with orders to harass the enemy's...

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Battle of Antietam

September 12, 1862: On this day in a Union encampment outside Frederick, Maryland, Corporal Barton Mitchell made a happy discovery while crossing a stretch of meadow. There, wrapped in a piece of paper, were three cigars whose rightful owner was nowhere to be found....

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Battle of Borodino

September 5, 1812: On this day, after a summer spent pursuing two Russian armies across a vast region of grasslands, Napoleon's Grand Army arrived at a point some 72 miles west of Moscow, where a combined force of some 120,000 Russian troops awaited them behind a...

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Battle of Long Island

August 22, 1776: This morning a large force of British and German regulars in flat-bottomed transports came ashore in Gravesend Bay on the west end of Long Island and began assembling in marching order. Although their landing was unopposed, there could be little doubt...

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