Principium Volume I, Book 2, Quote 218, 220, 223

218. [The]ATJ moral order [of Christianity]ATJ works upon the political order. Christian concepts of justice, charity, community, and duty may transform a society without any abrupt alteration of governmental framework. The worth of the person, the equality of all men before the judgment seat of God, the limitation upon all earthly authority – such Christian convictions as these would shape the American Republic.

- Russell Kirk – The Roots of American Order, 1974


220. The Law is a bridle upon the king. Though the king may not be sued, he may be petitioned; if he will not do justice upon receiving a reasonable petition, the king’s own Great Council, or the barons and the people, then may restrain this power. Just that had been done to King John, less than half a century before Bracton wrote, and would be done to later kings who tried to set themselves above the Law. Here are the beginnings of the principle of a government of laws, not of men.

- Russell Kirk – The Roots of American Order, 1974

(These are comments on medieval times and their influence upon English and ultimately American government and Law.)ATJ


223. Truth was obscured by man’s follies and passions, and order was broken by man’s appetites and desire for power. Yet right reason might disclose truth to men’s eyes again, and order might be regained by courageous acts of will. Such was the vision of the “The Divine Comedy,” [by Dante Alighieri]ATJ

- Russell Kirk – The Roots of American Order, 1974

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