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Tuition Tax Relief: A Conduit For Regulation?, Steven Alan Samson Dec 2009

Tuition Tax Relief: A Conduit For Regulation?, Steven Alan Samson

Steven Alan Samson

No abstract provided.


What Mann Hath Wrought, Steven Alan Samson Oct 2009

What Mann Hath Wrought, Steven Alan Samson

Steven Alan Samson

No abstract provided.


Assassination And The Death Of Politics, Steven Alan Samson Sep 2009

Assassination And The Death Of Politics, Steven Alan Samson

Steven Alan Samson

The assassination of Israeli's prime minister, Yitzhak Rabin, moments after speaking of his hopes for peace at a large public rally in Tel Aviv gives his death the added poignancy of the image of an old soldier giving up his life in the pursuit of peace. But the assassin's bullets were also aimed at the heart of an entire nation. It may indeed be true, as Simone Weil observed, that the destruction of a city is the greatest calamity that can befall the human race. The scope of the horrors that have accompanied twentieth century warfare and ethnic ...


Francis Lieber: Transatlantic Cultural Missionary, Steven Alan Samson Sep 2009

Francis Lieber: Transatlantic Cultural Missionary, Steven Alan Samson

Steven Alan Samson

Lieber remained consistent in his commitment to institutional liberty. He had no notion of a distinction that would later be made between property rights and human rights. He consistently encouraged economic free enterprise in his teaching and writings. Even the rise and fall of nations he regarded as simply part of a much larger picture. National institutions permit the encouragement of commerce and interdependence among nations. This, in turn, puts absolutism on the defensive. Growing interdependence permits the principle of institutional liberty to operate on a global scale as well as locally. It is this third characteristic of the modern ...


A Preface To American Politics, Steven Alan Samson Sep 2009

A Preface To American Politics, Steven Alan Samson

Steven Alan Samson

No abstract provided.


Sara Paretsky, Steven Alan Samson Sep 2009

Sara Paretsky, Steven Alan Samson

Steven Alan Samson

Sara Paretsky is the creator of a street-smart feminist series detective, V. I. Warshawski, a former attorney who now investigates white-color crime. Each novel in the series further fleshes out her character and life story as readers are introduced to various friends and relatives, some of whom become staples.


Patterns Of Voter Disengagement, Steven Alan Samson Sep 2009

Patterns Of Voter Disengagement, Steven Alan Samson

Steven Alan Samson

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Lawrence Block, Steven Alan Samson Sep 2009

Lawrence Block, Steven Alan Samson

Steven Alan Samson

Hollywood films owe much of their sparkle to atmospheric effects, including the lighting, shading, and color lent by character-actors. Their counterparts in the genre of literary gumshoes may be found in a certain breed of character-detectives. Among them, Lawrence Block, a versatile exemplar of the hard-boiled school of detective fiction, has given readers two notable repeat offenders from New York: Matthew Scudder, the ex-cop, and Bernie Rhodenbarr, the cat burglar with scruples. Both have found their way to Hollywood. Block's work is noted especially for its realistic style, fast-paced plots, spare dialog, and flawed protagonists.


Francis Lieber: Émigré Scholar, Steven Alan Samson Sep 2009

Francis Lieber: Émigré Scholar, Steven Alan Samson

Steven Alan Samson

If Francis Lieber (1798-1872) had been a tinkerer, like Thomas Alva Edison or George Westinghouse, he might be remembered today for patenting a great variety of inventions. Yet he was an innovator in several fields. His active concerns as a political economist, scholar, and writer ranged through the industrial as well as the liberal arts. Lieber was an early advocate of an international copyright. He urged Congress to establish an office of statistics to aid scientific research. Later he took a lead in military and legal reform, drafting the first formal code of military conduct, which predated and influenced both ...


Robert Bolt, Steven Alan Samson Sep 2009

Robert Bolt, Steven Alan Samson

Steven Alan Samson

No abstract provided.


Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, Steven Alan Samson Sep 2009

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, Steven Alan Samson

Steven Alan Samson

No abstract provided.


Consent Of The Governed, Steven Alan Samson Sep 2009

Consent Of The Governed, Steven Alan Samson

Steven Alan Samson

We now see a growing willingness among Christian leaderships to articulate and practice their faith publicly according to a consciously biblical standard of government. Efforts to bring all areas of life into submission to God hearken back to the earliest and best of our political traditions, namely the public Christianity that shaped the American constitutional system. M. Susan Power, a professor of political science at Arkansas State University, ably sketches in Before the Convention a few of the leading personalities and key elements of the covenant-making tradition that promoted local self-government, rule of law, and limited government based on consent ...


Francis Lieber, Steven Alan Samson Sep 2009

Francis Lieber, Steven Alan Samson

Steven Alan Samson

No abstract provided.


Theological Sources Of American Constitutionalism, Steven Alan Samson Sep 2009

Theological Sources Of American Constitutionalism, Steven Alan Samson

Steven Alan Samson

The conservative nature and limited objectives of the American War for Independence are difficult to appreciate apart from an understanding of the religious sentiments—the essentially biblical world-view—of the early colonists. To make such a statement is to invite debate in a continuing controversy. But apart from an acquaintance with some of the religious sources of our constitutional tradition, our understanding of the War for Independence and the Constitution of 1787 will be incomplete.


Dorothy Sayers On “The Lost Tools Of Learning”, Steven Alan Samson Sep 2009

Dorothy Sayers On “The Lost Tools Of Learning”, Steven Alan Samson

Steven Alan Samson

The key to education is “learning how to learn.” We must first stand on the shoulders of the giants who preceded us before we can reach far enough to loose their embrace. A liberal arts education is to be liberating. But as Irving Babbitt noted, commenting on Edmund Burke, the basis of genuine liberty is an act of subordination or humility. We tend to mistake the part for the whole and exalt our partial discoveries into idols.


Easy Credit And Public Confidence, Steven Alan Samson Feb 2009

Easy Credit And Public Confidence, Steven Alan Samson

Steven Alan Samson

Here we may see how Mammon has taken the place of God in our national life. We have chosen to base our society on a web of economic ties rather than a common faith, as if a mountain of promissory notes could be the salvation of the state. When cash is dross, credit is an empty word. Public credulity does not take the place of a sound dollar. The techniques of faith -- the arts of the confidence man, the power of positive thinking -- must not be mistaken for the reality. The substitution of credit for faith and applied science for ...


Introduction To Political Economy, Steven Alan Samson Feb 2009

Introduction To Political Economy, Steven Alan Samson

Steven Alan Samson

Economics is, in the first place, a science of human behavior and motivation. Tom Rose summarizes it this way: Man seeks to improve his sense of well being. In doing so, he tries to maximize his benefits and/or minimize his costs. His ability to assign value and to rank his priorities allows him to work toward his goals by rationally calculating the pluses and minuses of his actions. Rational choice, however, requires some degree of predictability in the outcomes. Those who learn that fortune is fickle -- that life is absurd -- are apt to trust more in lady luck than ...


E Pluribus Unum?, Steven Alan Samson Feb 2009

E Pluribus Unum?, Steven Alan Samson

Steven Alan Samson

The nation-state—as opposed to its rivals—offers an opportunity to reconcile the old dilemma of unity vs. diversity. This interplay of individuals, this synergy of forces, this weaving of one fabric out of many threads, has given the West its vitality and cohesion. But Pierre Manent warns that the West risks forfeiting its advantage through the erosion of its political forms, institutions, and families – through globalization and the rationalization of its own liberal values: [C]ommerce, right, morality: these are the three systems, the three empires that promise exit from the political. Each in its own form: commerce, according ...


The Grapes Of Parnassos, Steven Alan Samson Feb 2009

The Grapes Of Parnassos, Steven Alan Samson

Steven Alan Samson

Western civilization is succumbing to the false fruits of cultural revolutions to which it has consented at each stage of their development. Why do revolutions succeed? They succeed in part because the passing of a single generation is all it takes to wipe the slate and in part because the guardians let down their guard. First, the public memory fades or, as is often the case, is subtly reinterpreted. Then, citizens forget to convey the wealth of their experience and tradition to their children through nurturing, teaching, and testing. Finally, they even neglect to produce the heirs they should be ...


Self-Regulation In The Medical Profession: Some Uses Of The Law In Early America, Steven Alan Samson Jan 2009

Self-Regulation In The Medical Profession: Some Uses Of The Law In Early America, Steven Alan Samson

Steven Alan Samson

Delegation of the state’s police power to private associations raises important constitutional and political issues. Starting from the premise that law is frequently regarded as a tool or instrument—a public means of attaining essentially private ends—it is possible to identify at least three motives for seeking such power: eliminating competition, expanding the association’s control, over its environment, and elevating its standards to the status of law. This paper represents an attempt to clarify the constitutional and political issues raised by professional self-regulation. It will focus on a fairly narrow instance of the delegation of public power ...


Professionalism: A Political Strategy For Occupational Control, Steven Alan Samson Jan 2009

Professionalism: A Political Strategy For Occupational Control, Steven Alan Samson

Steven Alan Samson

My first premise is that professionalism is a self-conscious endeavor by members of an occupation to distinguish themselves from competitors by claiming special competence and initiating a set of binding norms that enables them to close ranks, gain official recognition, and consolidate their power within a market. What distinguishes a profession from a non-professional occupation is that it is self-defining and self-regulating. As a profession, it is inner-directed rather than other-directed or tradition-directed.


Transatlantic Exchange: Francis Lieber And His Contemporaries, Steven Alan Samson Jan 2009

Transatlantic Exchange: Francis Lieber And His Contemporaries, Steven Alan Samson

Steven Alan Samson

Lieber’s work covers a wide range of fields. In the field of political science, his work embodies the transition from academic moral philosophy to political science proper. His contributions to penology, international law, and higher education have been acknowledged in the standard histories of those fields. Apart from the Encyclopaedia Americana for which he solicited contributions by leading scholars, Lieber’s larger works include a popular travelogue, Letters to a Gentleman in Germany (1834), reprinted in England as Stranger in America, which included an account of his experiences at the Battle of Namur (a few miles from Waterloo); a ...


Invisible Strings: The Regulation Of Religion In The Beneficent State, Steven Alan Samson Jan 2009

Invisible Strings: The Regulation Of Religion In The Beneficent State, Steven Alan Samson

Steven Alan Samson

My thesis is simply that the state has been assuming the essential features of a church and has been progressively asserting regulatory control over church activities as a sovereign right. Historically, the state has always been reluctant to permit exceptions to its policies. As long as the sphere of civil government was small and clearly delimited, the independence of other spheres of government—church, family, university, private association—was comparatively free from interference. In our own colonial history, the legislatures had enjoyed a similar freedom from interference by Parliament and the Crown until the French and Indian Wars depleted the ...


The Methodical Conquest: Perceptions Of The Impact Of Modern Science And Technology On Society, Steven Alan Samson Jan 2009

The Methodical Conquest: Perceptions Of The Impact Of Modern Science And Technology On Society, Steven Alan Samson

Steven Alan Samson

This thesis is a study of ideas and an essay in political philosophy. Broadly conceived, its purpose is to examine some basic issues concerning the impact of technology on society. More specifically, it is concerned with interpreting the relation between modern technology and the increasing rational, purposive organization of our lives, particularly through political institutions. A simple, causal connection between technology and government, however, is not evident. Several factors, including the rationale of efficient operation, mediate this relationship. :Primarily this is a study of ideas, not a study of their origins or their advocates. One theme may be said to ...


Charles Hodge Acerca De La Ley Y La Religión, Steven Alan Samson Jan 2009

Charles Hodge Acerca De La Ley Y La Religión, Steven Alan Samson

Steven Alan Samson

Hodge refleja aquí el punto de vista de los teólogos de Westminster de que el gobernante es un “padre protector”. Esto no significa que cada precepto del Cristianismo debiera ser enseñado y hecho cumplir por parte del gobierno, puesto que el estado no está constituido para ese propósito. “Pero, así como [el gobierno] no puede violar la ley moral en su propia acción, o requerir al pueblo que la viole, así tampoco puede ignorar al Cristianismo en su acción oficial. No puede requerir al pueblo o a ninguno de sus oficiales lo que el Cristianismo prohíbe, ni prohibirles de hacer ...


Modelos De Interpretación Histórica, Steven Alan Samson Jan 2009

Modelos De Interpretación Histórica, Steven Alan Samson

Steven Alan Samson

Para el Cristiano y el Judío, la historia no puede ser entendida separada de la autorevelación de Dios como su autor. La Historia es un registro de los tratos de Dios con el hombre y con el resto de la creación. Así que, al tener un autor, la historia también tiene una dirección y un propósito. El Cristiano se refiere al rol superintendente de Dios como Su Providencia, reflejando la idea de telos, o plenitud de propósito.


Charles Hodge On Law And Religion, Steven Alan Samson Jan 2009

Charles Hodge On Law And Religion, Steven Alan Samson

Steven Alan Samson

Hodge recognized that there are limits to liberty. "If a religion should enjoin infanticide, or the murder of the aged or infirm, neither the people nor the government should conform their conduct to its laws.” Hodge's evaluation of the relation of Christianity to the "law of the land" anticipated the Supreme Court's interpretation of the First Amendment in two major polygamy cases, Reynolds v. United States, 98 U.S. 145 (1878) and Davis v. Beason, 133 U.S. 333 (1890). It was with these polygamy cases in mind that Justice William O. Douglas could observe as late as ...


200909 Obiter Dicta: Early Advent 2009, Steven Alan Samson Dec 2008

200909 Obiter Dicta: Early Advent 2009, Steven Alan Samson

Steven Alan Samson

No abstract provided.


200911 Obiter Dicta: Christmas 2009, Steven Alan Samson Dec 2008

200911 Obiter Dicta: Christmas 2009, Steven Alan Samson

Steven Alan Samson

No abstract provided.


200908 Obiter Dicta: Thanksgiving 2009, Steven Alan Samson Dec 2008

200908 Obiter Dicta: Thanksgiving 2009, Steven Alan Samson

Steven Alan Samson

No abstract provided.