The following list is an ongoing series of posts (from oldest to newest) collecting essays I wrote as an undergraduate and graduate student. I hope you find them interesting or useful. Read the first post in the series for a more detailed, yet still brief, explanation.
Other Essays (PDFs)
- “On the Relation between Values and Virtues for Rand.” TAS/TOC 2007 Grad Student Summer Seminar Writing Assignment.
- Shays’s Rebellion, the Anti-Federalists, and the Consolidating Constitution (Incorporated into my poli sci M.A. thesis.)
- The Fateful Compromise on Slavery in the Federal Convention of 1787 (Incorporated into my poli sci M.A. thesis.)
- Making Democracy Work in Iraq: Can it be Done? (This was a take home final exam that my professor ended up sending to one of his friends, an army officer and provincial governor in Iraq.)
- The State and War: An Austrian Political Economy Model (Just a paper I wrote for a class to help me learn Austrian economics.)
Reaction Papers (PDFs)
Written for in-class presentation, these were generally written in a rush the day before and/or late at night. I don’t necessarily agree with everything in these (anymore) but they are interesting.
- Machiavelli and Voegelin vs. “Machiavellianism”
- On John Milton’s Areopagitica
- On Algernon Sidney’s Discourses Concerning Government
- Feudal and Canon Law vs. Liberal Law
- On Liberty
- Platonic Idealism: Too High a Standard for Political Activity (Upon reflection, perhaps unrealistic standard would be more apt.)
- Roman Imperialism and the Murder-Suicide of Classical Civilization
- On Roman Liberty, Virtue, and Eudaimonia
- On Tyranny, Virtue, and Habituation to Subjection