David C. Innes

Passing From Alien to American
By David C. Innes on July 16, 2010

It has been almost three months now since I took the oath of American citizenship. I thought I would choke up during the oath itself, but I didn't. Sometimes we're surprised by tears. That day, I was surprised by composure. Perhaps I was just so distracted by what I saw as irregularities--political partisanship, political revisionism, political indifference--that I sensed myself in a kind of Ollie North moment, hardened for battle in a way.

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Top Conservative Colleges for 2009-10
By David C. Innes on March 19, 2010

Young America's Foundation has been publishing a list of "Top Conservative Colleges" for several years now because thoughtful and patriotic young people, along with their penny-wise parents, want to know that the college education they are about to buy will not speed out of control and a crash them into a moral and philosophical wall.

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The Current State of Liberty
By David C. Innes on March 05, 2010

As we reflect upon President Obama's State of the Union address, we should also cast an eye to Freedom House's annual Freedom in the World report. Freedom House began publishing these global assessments in 1973; according to the reports of the last decade, things do not look as hopeful for liberty around the globe as they once did.

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Leon Kass's Jefferson Lecture
By David C. Innes on May 28, 2009

On May 21 in Washington DC, Leon Kass delivered the 38th Annual Jefferson Lecture for the National Endowment for the Humanities, "Looking for an Honest Man: Reflections of an Unlicensed Humanist."

The lecture is about the lifelong pursuit of answers to the great human questions, the questions which Socrates began to address after his famous "turn" from natural philosophy to the deepest moral and political questions.

He summarizes his quest this way:

"I have sought wisdom about the meaning of our humanity, largely through teaching and studying the great works of wiser and nobler human beings, who have bequeathed to us their profound accounts of the human condition."

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Quality Time With The Venerable Dead
By David C. Innes on May 11, 2009

Samuel Davies (1723-1761) was one of America's greatest preachers. He was a Virginian and the fourth president of the College of New Jersey, known today as Princeton University, succeeding Jonathan Edwards. As a pastor in Virginia, he had the privilege of discipling young Patrick Henry from the pulpit each Lord's Day.

On a friend's Facebook page today, I found these words from Pastor Davies which everyone who is serious about the truth, wisdom, and the life of the mind will take to heart.

I have a peaceful study as a refuge from the hurries and noise of the world around me, the venerable dead are waiting in my library to entertain me and relieve me from the nonsense of surviving mortals.

C. S. Lewis and Niccolo Machiavelli share some related thoughts.

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Pop Culture and the Politics Professor
By David C. Innes on March 20, 2009

One of the more popular posts on my blog has been one by Harold Kildow (Ph.D. Fordham), "Jack Bauer and the Problem of Justice." He writes:

"Where do the rules of engagement end, and the crimes begin?" Jack Bauer makes explicit this season what has been an implicit question for the last six seasons of Fox's taut serial thriller, 24. It is a version of the dilemma Plato presents in the Republic, where it appears as Thrasymachus' implicit challenge to Glaucon and Polymarchos: can a just man remain just while conquering evil, or does the asymmetry of the evil/good dichotomy always favor evil in this world?...

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Samuel P. Huntington 1927-2008
By David C. Innes on March 16, 2009

It has been about ten weeks now since Professor Huntington died, but as no one else has posted on this, and since there may be some who need a brief introduction to the work of this great scholar, I offer this reflection and survey of reflections.

The great Harvard political scientist, Samuel P. Huntington, died Christmas Eve. My first exposure to Huntington was as an undergraduate when I read American Politics: The Promise of Disharmony (1981). In that book, he presented America as a uniquely principled nation that, because it was founded on moral-political principles rather than on blood or soil, we are always living with an "I v I gap," an ideals versus institutions gap. ...

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David C. Innes
David C. Innes

I teach politics at The King's College in New York City, a unique Evangelical Christian college centered around a Politics, Philosophy and Economics program, and committed to the three liberties: political, economic and spiritual. My research interest is Francis Bacon and the politics of technology. I spend too much time blogging at Principalities and Powers.