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David Gowdy and YAF on “Jefferson and Madison’s Guide to the Constitution”

Right-leaning Americans, ranging from establishment Republicans to Tea Partiers and libertarians, have often called for a return to Constitutional principles. As head of the Washington, Jefferson, and Madison Institute, however, J. David Goudy believed that even the most ardent enthusiast of the Framers still had much to learn, given the selective nature of historical transmission. Speaking on November 21 to the University of Virginia’s chapter of Young Americans for Freedom (YAF), Goudy based his lecture in the Rotunda on the Institute’s official guide to the…

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Response to Slantable’s Nicole Bailey

I typically do not respond to criticisms of my writing, yet after my “Nationalism, Not Conservatism” article received some commentary over at Slantable, I felt inclined to formulate a refutation of sorts out of respect for The Virginia Advocate. Although the author (Nicole Bailey) does write eloquently, emotion quickly overtakes her thesis and causes the Leftist labels which I brought up in my original piece to emerge. Because her counterargument is so flimsy, she relies heavily on selective omission of what I wrote…

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OPINION: Nationalism, Not Conservatism

If anything is to be taken from the results of last Tuesday’s gubernatorial election in Virginia, it should be that American Conservatism is dying. I mean this not in the same way that every two-bit progressive columnist does as they issue pieces following Ken Cuccinelli’s loss to a Clintonite stooge; rather, Conservatism in our Nation is on the decline because by definition it is an ideology of consistent defeat, hammered and cast with cheap materials to form a structure built to give…

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Bandow v. Reilly: Burke Society Hosts Debate on Foreign Interventionism

As the Burke Society hosted its November 4 debate with Doug Bandow of the Cato Institute and Robert R. Reilly of the American Foreign Policy Council, both sides agreed that recent events in the Muslim parts of Africa and Asia were heading towards fragmentation and uncertainty. Whether the United States should get involved in those foreign issues, however, was another question.

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Former Mellon Foundation President Speaks at UVa on “The Future of the University”

With the rising cost of college tuition and the expansion of alternatives to higher education, universities all over America are questioning their relationship with contemporary society. Despite these challenges, Don Michael Randel, the president emeritus of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, is confident of the educational system’s resilience in the present age. As part of the University of Virginia’s series on “The Future of the University,” Randel spoke on November 1 about the frontal role of pedagogy in university administration. Addressing a…

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Kennedy: An American Fascination

The fiftieth anniversary of the tragic Kennedy assassination is coming up on November 22nd, and The Virginia Advocate is publishing a three-issue installment in honor of JFK. This edition will examine the enduring public fascination of Kennedy. I interviewed UVa Media Studies professor Aniko Bodroghkozy on her extensive Kennedy-era research. She is the author of Groove Tube: Sixties Television and the Youth Rebellion (Console-ing Passions) and Equal Time: Television and the Civil Rights Movement. She is also currently teaching a Media Studies…

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