Starting Points

At Starting Points, we take the long view of American politics. Non-partisan and interdisciplinary, we aim to understand American politics by looking before and beyond our current political situation—before to the historical, cultural and intellectual roots of American politics, and beyond to the overarching ideas and guiding ideals of our unique political tradition.

LATEST ARTICLES

Author Interview with Mark Alznauer
August 12, 2017 The Political Theory Review

A Political Theory Review interview with Mark Alznauer about his new book, Hegel’s Theory of Responsibility

Trump’s Twist on Identity Politics
August 7, 2017 James F. Pontuso

Trump has been successful with his base because he has given voice to those who feel like victims for being patriots.

Feminism, Transgenderism and the Politics of Identity
July 31, 2017 Scott Yenor

Following the logic of the feminist revolution toward its embrace of transgender rights provides insights into its unpredictable character.

The Career of American Feminism and its Rolling Revolution
July 24, 2017 Scott Yenor

The success of the second-wave feminist project requires a fundamental revolution in society’s mores and institutions. This revolution is closely connected with Dewey’s progressive political project.

Author Interview with Peter Steinberger
July 17, 2017 The Political Theory Review

A Political Theory Review interview with Peter Steinberger about his new book, The Politics of Objectivity

Author Interview with Steven Smith
July 10, 2017 The Political Theory Review

A Political Theory Review interview with Steven Smith about his new book, Modernity and Its Discontents

From the Editor: The Declaration of Independence and the History of Ideas
July 4, 2017 S. Adam Seagrave

The Declaration echoed the united voices of the ancients and moderns on the idea of nature’s relevance for politics, and highlighted the constructive character of preceding European political thought.

Author Interview with Ryan Patrick Hanley
July 3, 2017 The Political Theory Review

A Political Theory Review interview with Ryan Patrick Hanley about his new book, Love’s Enlightenment: Rethinking Charity in Modernity

Plutocrats and Demagogues: The Prophetic Warning of Montesquieu
June 26, 2017 Nicholas W. Drummond

The French political thinker Baron de Montesquieu predicted the divisiveness of our current political climate. He also anticipated the two major threats likely to emerge in large democratic republics like the United States: plutocrats and tyrant demagogues.

James Madison: Politician or Political Theorist? Part II
June 19, 2017 James H. Read and Kevin R. C. Gutzman

A Starting Points Conversation featuring James Read and Kevin Gutzman