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  • Michael Martin Uhlmann: In Memoriam (1939-2019)

    Posted by James Wilson Institute on Oct 9, 2019
    JWI Founder and Director Hadley Arkes writes on the passing of one of his dearest friends, JWI Senior Scholar Michael Uhlmann. We come to our friends today with heart-breaking news, on the death of our beloved Michael Uhlmann yesterday in California. In my own case, I’ve lost one of my dearest, closest friends, and the […] …
  • Remembrances of Michael Uhlmann, JWI Senior Scholar

    Posted by James Wilson Institute on Oct 8, 2019
    In the days and weeks ahead, JWI will feature some remembrances of our dear friend Michael Uhlmann who passed away on October 8, 2019. We will update this page with remembrances as we receive them. Everyone’s been asked the hypothetical question: if you could share dinner with three people living or dead, who would they […] …
  • “Full Court Press” – Michael Uhlmann in the Claremont Review of Books

    Posted by James Wilson Institute on Oct 7, 2019
    In a review for the Claremont Review of Books, Prof. Michael M. Uhlmann, a James Wilson Institute Senior Scholar, analyzed the commentary of former White House Counsel Peter Wallison on the administrative state. Prof. Uhlmann traces the rise of the administrative state through the 20th century and the now growing critique of its policies. The […] …
  • “Athens and Jerusalem, Rome and America” – Gunnar Gundersen in The American Mind

    Posted by James Wilson Institute on Sep 30, 2019
    In a piece titled “Athens and Jerusalem, Rome and America” for The American Mind, Gunnar Gundersen responds to the argument of Patrick Deneen and others who claim that America is a Hobbesian experiment, made without Christian moral reasoning.  Gundersen, a JWI Affiliated Scholar and Attorney, argues instead that the history of the United States shows […] …
  • “David French Channels Monty Python: A Response from Hadley Arkes” – The American Mind

    Posted by James Wilson Institute on Sep 30, 2019
    JWI Founder and Director Hadley Arkes addresses and challenges the arguments of David French in a essay titled, “David French Channels Monty Python: A Response from Hadley Arkes.” Posted in The American Mind, Prof. Arkes questions French on how far French would be willing to argue with real moral substance in the culture war. French […] …
All men are by nature equal and free. No one has a right to any authority over another without his consent
— James Wilson, Considerations on the Nature and Extent of the Legislative Authority of the British Parliament, 1774