“Justice is the end of government. It is the end of civil society. It ever has been and ever will be pursued until it be obtained, or until liberty be lost in the pursuit.” — James Madison
The American Politikos doesn’t deal in punchy one liners and slogans. On the contrary it seeks to answer fundamental questions. Given our present predicament, i.e. the crisis in our country’s character, do we push on for further progress or do we return and remember the wisdom of past thinkers. The American Politikos will argue for the wisdom of the founders and those who contributed, i.e. intellectually (e.g. the Greek thinkers) to the American project and the intellectual milieu during the founding era of our country. Thus, the American Politikos will argue for a return rather than progress. To do so we must practice their way of thinking. But unlike today’s political swindlers and shysters, the Founders did not deal in conclusions. The Founders dealt in reasoning, and presented their conclusions in logical terms. This is the aim of the website. It is not an echoing chamber, nor does it aim at pleasing with agreeable words. It’s purpose is to inform with sound reasoning and logic in order to substantiate reasonable conviction. In order to know who we are and to understand our way of life we must seek to understand and respect the thinkers and intellectuals who laid the foundation of our way of life. We must never agree to be estranged from them. We must never let their way of speaking and thinking become so foreign and strange to us that we come to live, as it were, in another country, separated from them by barriers of frustrated feelings and incomprehension.