American Political Thought Journal: Fall 2019 Issue
American Political Thought: A Journal of Ideas, Institutions, and Culture, has recently published its Fall 2019 issue, which includes pieces by JMC fellow Nora Hanagan and faculty partners Allen Guelzo and Jeremy Rabkin.
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- “The Citizen, the Baker, and the Candlestick Maker: What Democrats Can Learn from the Arts and Crafts and Slow Food Movements,” Nora Hanagan
- “Communities Are All That’s Substantial: Kurt Vonnegut’s Post-liberal Political Thought,” Philip D. Bunn
- “What’s the Matter with Resentment? Richard Hofstadter’s Understanding of Political Paranoia,” Gregory P. Williams
- “Sovereignty, the Law of Nations, and Immigration in the American Founding,” Kevin Portteus
,” C. Bradley Thompson
- “The Political Thought of the Civil War, edited by Alan Levine, Thomas W. Merrill, and James R. Stoner,” Allen C. Guelzo
- “Justifying Revolution: Law, Virtue, and Violence in the American War of Independence, edited by Glenn A. Moots and Phillip Hamilton,” Jeremy Rabkin
- “The Lost History of Liberalism: From Ancient Rome to the Twenty-First Century, by Helena Rosenblatt,” Mark Hulliung
- “The Loyal Republic: Traitors, Slaves, and the Remaking of Citizenship in Civil War America, by Erik Mathisen,” Leslie F. Goldstein
- “The Revolution of ’28: Al Smith, American Progressivism, and the Coming of the New Deal, by Robert Chiles,” Kristoffer Smemo
- “A Strife of Tongues: The Compromise of 1850 and the Ideological Foundations of the American Civil War, by Stephen E. Maizlish,”Fergus M. Bordewich
- “Republic in Peril: American Empire and the Liberal Tradition, by David Hendrickson,” Karl Walling
- “President Obama: Constitutional Aspirations and Executive Actions, by Louis Fisher,” Thomas E. Cronin
- “The Rights Turn in Conservative Christian Politics: How Abortion Transformed the Culture Wars, by Andrew R. Lewis,” Kevin R. den Dulk
- “Political Realism in Apocalyptic Times, by Alison McQueen,” Zoltán Gábor Szűcs
“The Citizen, the Baker, and the Candlestick Maker: What Democrats Can Learn from the Arts and Crafts and Slow Food Movements,” Nora Hanagan
In many ways, the contemporary Slow Food movement is the heir to the early twentieth-century Arts and Crafts movement. Both movements believe that democratic societies should restructure their economic systems so as to ensure that workers and consumers are able to experience pleasure. In this article, Nora Hanagan examines how prominent advocates of artisanal crafts understand the relationship between democracy, economics, and pleasure. Drawing on the ideas of William Morris, Ellen Gates Starr, Carlo Petrini, Wendell Berry, and Barbara Kingsolver, she argues that democracy societies should encourage joyful labor and ensure universal access to material objects that enrich daily life. She also, however, concludes that democrats who are inspired by the Arts and Crafts and slow food movements must make more of an effort to ensure that their understanding of pleasure is inclusive.
Nora Hanagan is a Visiting Assistant Professor of of Political Science and Managing Director for the Program in American Values and Institutions at Duke University. She also directs the American Experience undergraduate Focus Program. Her research interests include American political theory, contemporary democratic theory, food politics, critical race theory, and feminist theory. She has published several peer-reviewed articles on these topics.
Professor Hanagan is a JMC fellow.
“The Political Thought of the Civil War, edited by Alan Levine, Thomas W. Merrill, and James R. Stoner,” Allen Guelzo
Allen Guelzo reviews The Political Thought of the Civil War, edited by Alan Levine and JMC fellows Thomas Merrill and James Stoner. Guelzo remarks that “…Nothing has yet appeared since the palmy days of Harry Jaffa that reasserts the primacy of the Civil War era’s political philosophy with the vigor of this collection of essays edited by Alan Levine, Thomas Merrill, and James Stoner…”
Allen Guelzo is the Senior Research Scholar in the Council of the Humanities at Princeton University and Director of the James Madison Program’s Initiative in Politics and Statesmanship. He previously served as the Henry R. Luce Professor of the Civil War Era and Director of Civil War Era Studies at Gettysburg College. Professor Guelzo is an acclaimed scholar of American history whose writings have been recognized as among the most important contributions to scholarly and public understanding of 19th century America. His book Abraham Lincoln: Redeemer President received the 2000 Lincoln Prize, as well as the 2000 Book Prize of the Abraham Institute of the Mid-Atlantic. His Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation: The End of Slavery in America Emancipation and his Gettysburg: The Last Invasion also received the Lincoln Prize in 2005 and 2013, respectively. In addition, Professor Guelzo was a winner of the 2018 Bradley Prize.
Professor Guelzo is a JMC faculty partner.
“Justifying Revolution: Law, Virtue, and Violence in the American War of Independence, edited by Glenn A. Moots and Phillip Hamilton,” Jeremy Rabkin
Jeremy Rabkin reviews Justifying Revolution: Law, Virtue, and Violence in the American War of Independence, edited by Phillip Hamilton and JMC fellow Glenn Moots, which examines the war justifications of American statesman during the Revolutionary War era.
Jeremy Rabkin is a Professor of Law at the Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University. Professor Rabkin was appointed to the Board of Directors of the U.S. Institute of Peace by President George W. Bush in 2007 and was reappointed by President Barack Obama in 2011. He also serves on the Council of Academic Advisers for the American Enterprise Institute, where he focuses on cybersecurity and internet governance issues, and is a chairman on the Board of Directors for the Center for Individual Rights, a public interest law firm based in Washington, D.C. Professor Rabkin’s books include Striking Power: How Cyber, Robots, and Space Weapons Change the Rules for War (Encounter Books, 2017) (with John Yoo) and Law Without Nations? (Princeton University Press, 2005). His articles have appeared in major law reviews and political science journals and he has contributed to a range of magazines and newspapers, including the Washington Post and Wall Street Journal.
Professor Rabkin is a JMC faculty partner.
American Political Thought: A Journal of Ideas, Institutions, and Culture is a JMC supported journal that bridges the gap between historical, empirical, and theoretical research. It is the only journal dedicated exclusively to the study of American political thought. Interdisciplinary in scope, APT features research by political scientists, historians, literary scholars, economists, and philosophers who study the foundation of the American political tradition. Research explores key political concepts such as democracy, constitutionalism, equality, liberty, citizenship, political identity, and the role of the state.
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