Revisiting the Idea of the Mixed Constitution - and Why it Matters
Many thanks for this. For years I struggled with the fact that I thought of myself as a conservative, but (at least since 2000) could no longer support the Republican Party. Their unbridled support for a rapacious capitalism (and foreign interventionism) was ruinous for families, communities and our polity as a whole. Your explanation here is both clear, concise, and engaging. As a believer in the balance between order and liberty you describe, I find myself politically homeless. Please keep on doing this important work!
I can't help but reflect that the 'strong human tendency' to disorder calls immediately to mind Concupiscence. That to me makes this tract the more convincing. The acknowledgement that humans have to work against their passions and baser nature is of course a foundation of classical political thought, but I'm comforted to find myself thinking that the foundation actually lies in eternal Christian truth- that man has a free capacity for good and evil and must strive for the good, even, and especially, in the political sphere.
Architecture as political analogue is a clarifying theoretical move. Patrick's students' intuitive preference for classical architecture seems to reflect popular opinion: 'According to a new  survey, Americans want their courthouses to have columns, pediments, and brick, and not “glass, concrete, and sharp geometric shapes.” The survey was commissioned by the National Civic Art Society (NCAS), a nonprofit organization that is devoted to promoting classical architecture for Federal buildings and to banishing modern and contemporary design for lacking “traditional humanistic standards of beauty.”' Question:
Does this imply a deeper, perhaps unarticulated, preference for a truly conservative politics? https://www.architecturalrecord.com/articles/14842-new-data-shows-americans-prefer-classical-architecture-for-federal-buildings