Ellis Washington column
Ellis Washington is a former staff editor of the Michigan Law Review and law clerk at the Rutherford Institute. He is an adjunct professor at the National Paralegal College where he teaches Constitutional Law, Legal Ethics, Contracts and Advanced Legal Writing.

A founding board member of Salt and Light Global, Washington is a co-host on "Joshua's Trial," a radio show of Christian conservative thought.

A graduate of John Marshall Law School and post-grad work at Harvard Law School, his latest law review articles include: "Nigger Manifesto: Ideological Racism inside the American Academy" (forthcoming) and "Social Darwinism in Nazi Family and Inheritance Law."

Washington's latest book is a 2-volume collection of 230 essays and Socratic dialogues – "The Progressive Revolution" (University Press of America, 2013). Visit his new law blog, NiggerManifesto.com (formerly EllisWashingtonReport.com), an essential repository dedicated to educating the next generation of young conservative intellectuals.


Ronald Reagan: 50th anniversary of speech that launched the conservative revolution
Ellis Washington
October 31, 2014

If we lose that war, and in so doing lose this way of freedom of ours, history will record with the greatest astonishment that those who had the most to . . .


On Shakespeare: Richard III & Julius Caesar
Ellis Washington
October 25, 2014

Shakespeare was not of an age, but for all time. ~ Ben Johnson Biography William Shakespeare (1564–1616) was an English playwright, poet, and . . .


On Montaigne: the father of psychological essays
Ellis Washington
October 18, 2014

A man who fears suffering is already suffering from what he fears. ~ Montaigne Biography Michel Eyquem de Montaigne (1533–1592) was a giant . . .


On Rabelais: A precursor to Oscar Wilde and the celebrity culture
Ellis Washington
October 11, 2014

It was from Lady Wilde that Oscar learned that identity is a kind of fiction, and that being oneself is a form of playacting. It was from her that Oscar  . . .


On Hobbes and the Leviathan who devours men
Ellis Washington
October 4, 2014

It is not wisdom but authority that makes law. During the time men live without a common power to keep them all in awe, they are in that conditions . . .


On Machiavelli and the ends justify the means to liberal fascism
Ellis Washington
September 28, 2014

It is better to be feared than to be loved. I'm not interested in preserving the status quo; I want to overthrow it. ~ . . .


On Chaucer's Canterbury Tales and the complexities of human nature
Ellis Washington
September 21, 2014

Biography Geoffrey Chaucer (c. 1343–1400), known as the Father of English literature, is commonly called the greatest English poet of the Middle . . .


On Dante's Divine Comedy and the evil of neutrality
Ellis Washington
September 13, 2014

The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality. ~ . . .


On Aquinas first principles: ethics, natural law and truth
Ellis Washington
September 6, 2014

The natural law is nothing else than the rational creature's participation in the eternal law. ~ Aquinas . . . [T]he Law of Nature and of Nature's God . . .


Muslim Brotherhood = Devout [not radical] Islam, Part II
Ellis Washington
August 31, 2014

The Führer confirmed that the "struggle against a Jewish homeland in Palestine would be part of the struggle against the Jews." ~Grand Mufti, German . . .


Muslim Brotherhood = Devout [not radical] Islam, Part I
Ellis Washington
August 22, 2014

"Allah is our objective; the Qur'an is the Constitution; the Prophet is our leader; jihad is our way; death for the sake of Allah is our wish." ~Muslim . . .


On Augustine and the theocratic worldview
Ellis Washington
August 15, 2014

Habit, if not restricted, soon becomes necessity. ~Augustine of Hippo Biography St. Augustine of Hippo (354-430), the Christian philosopher and . . .


On Plotinus and immortality
Ellis Washington
August 9, 2014

Now I shall endeavor to make that which is divine in me rise up to that which is divine in the universe. ~Plotinus (last words) I become a Christian . . .


On Ptolemy, Copernicus, Kepler: when science wasn't politics
Ellis Washington
August 2, 2014

Astronomy and religion have quite separate tasks, one teaching how the heavens go, the other how to go to heaven. ~Cardinal Barberini to . . .


On Tacitus and the tyranny of monarchy and democracy
Ellis Washington
July 27, 2014

The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws. A shocking crime was committed on the unscrupulous initiative of few individuals, with the blessing . . .


On Plutarch and the idea of citizen
Ellis Washington
June 28, 2014

It is not histories I am writing, but lives; and in the most glorious deeds there is not always an indication of virtue or vice, indeed a small thing like a . . .


On Virgil and the necessity of good language
Ellis Washington
June 21, 2014

Gustave Doré, Virgil pushes Filipo Argenti back into the River Styx (1890) It is easy to go down into Hell; night and day, the gates of dark Death stand . . .


On Lucretius, Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius and the nature of life and death
Ellis Washington
June 13, 2014

"Again we are all sprung from a heavenly seed, all have that same Father..." ~ Lucretius, On the Nature of Things, Book II If thou art pained by any . . .


On Apollonius, Nicomachus and first principles
Ellis Washington
June 7, 2014

Apollonius image of conic sections and the question of orbital motion *N.B.: This essay is based in part on ideas from Great Books of the Western World, . . .


On Euclid, Archimedes and first principles
Ellis Washington
May 31, 2014

*N.B.: This essay is based in part on ideas from Great Books of the Western World, Robert Maynard Hutchins, Editor-in-Chief (1952), Vol. 3, chap. 70 – . . .


On Hippocrates, Galen and the nature of ancient medicine
Ellis Washington
May 24, 2014

*N.B.: This essay is based in part on ideas from Great Books of the Western World, Robert Maynard Hutchins, Editor-in-Chief (1952), Vol. 3, chap. 55 – . . .


On Aristotle and the nature of animals and slaves
Ellis Washington
May 17, 2014

*N.B.: This essay is based in part on ideas from Great Books of the Western World, Robert Maynard Hutchins, Editor-in-Chief (1952), Vol. 1, chap. 2 – . . .


On Aristotle and the idea of judgment
Ellis Washington
May 10, 2014

*N.B.: This essay is based in part on ideas from Great Books of the Western World, Robert Maynard Hutchins, Editor-in-Chief (1952), Vol. 2, chap. 41 – . . .


America the beautiful... America the racist... America the hypocrite!
Ellis Washington
May 4, 2014

"I support them and give them food, and clothes, and cars, and houses. Who gives it to them? Does someone else give it to them? ... Who makes the game? Do I . . .


On Plato's Theory of Forms
Ellis Washington
April 19, 2014

*N.B.: This essay is based in part on excerpts from Great Books of the Western World (1952), Vol. 2, chp. 28 – Form and Vol. 7 – Plato  . . .


On Socrates: life and legacy
Ellis Washington
April 12, 2014

Strong minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, weak minds discuss people. ~Socrates Prologue In my ongoing series on the Classics of . . .


On fate
Ellis Washington
April 5, 2014

The three Fates *N.B.: This article is based in part on excerpts from Great Books of the Western World, Vol. 2, chp. 27 – Fate and Vol. 6 – . . .


On love
Ellis Washington
March 29, 2014

*N.B.: This article is based in part on excerpts from Great Books of the Western World, Vol. 3, Chp. 50 – Love and Vol. 4 – Homer: The Iliad, The . . .


On tyranny
Ellis Washington
March 22, 2014

*N.B.: This article is based in part on excerpts from Great Books of the Western World, Vol. 3: The Great Ideas – A Syntopicon, Chp. 95: Tyranny, Mortimer . . .


On courage
Ellis Washington
March 15, 2014

*N.B.: This article is based in part on an excerpt from Great Books of the Western World, Vol. 2: The Great Ideas – A Syntopicon, Vol. 1, Chp. 13: . . .


Education and economics
Ellis Washington
March 8, 2014

*N.B.: This article is based on an excerpt from Great Books of the Western World, Vol. 1: The Great Conversation – The Substance of a Liberal . . .


Hagel's Military deconstruction
Ellis Washington
February 28, 2014

We have departed from the maxim of "peace through strength" to a belief in "appeasement through weakness." ~Col. Allen West Defense Secretary Chuck . . .


Alinsky 101: IRS picks the tea party target...
Ellis Washington
February 22, 2014

Note: This Symposium is based in part on a pamphlet by David Horowitz, "Barack Obama's Rules for Revolution: The Alinsky Model." Dave Camp (R-MI), . . .


Symposium--The death of work
Ellis Washington
February 16, 2014

Socrates (470-399 B.C.) was a famous Greek philosopher from Athens, who taught Plato, and Plato taught Aristotle, and Aristotle taught Alexander the Great. . . .


DOD's war against the framers and conservative ideas
Ellis Washington
February 7, 2014

Historical Background of FOIA The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. § 552, is a federal freedom of information law that sanctions the full or . . .


Pete 'Potemkin' Seeger: Stalin's little minstrel
Ellis Washington
February 1, 2014

"One of the things I'm most proud of about my country is the fact that we did lick McCarthyism back in the fifties." "I still call myself a communist, . . .


Reagan predicted Obama 50 years ago
Ellis Washington
January 24, 2014

Back in 1936, Mr. Democrat himself, Al Smith [who ran against FDR in 1932], the great American, came before the American people and charged that the . . .


50 Years since LBJ's Great [Slave] Society
Ellis Washington
January 18, 2014

"The Great Society rests on abundance and liberty for all. It demands an end to poverty and racial injustice, to which we are totally committed in our time. But . . .


Opening the Gates of Hell
Ellis Washington
January 11, 2014

A UK Daily Mail article on former defense secretary Robert Gates who served in both the Obama and Bush administrations exposes damning allegations in a new book . . .


Do you know your Constitution? Part 2
Ellis Washington
January 3, 2014

There is no crueler tyranny than that which is perpetuated under the shield of law and in the name of justice. ~Charles de Montesquieu Dr. Larry Arnn, . . .


Dr. Arnn's 'Constitution Minute'
Ellis Washington
December 28, 2013

The law of the Creator, which invests every human being with an inalienable title to freedom, cannot be repealed by any interior law which asserts that man . . .


A Bonhoeffer Christmas
Ellis Washington
December 20, 2013

It's time now for something to be done. He who has the courage to act must know that he will probably go down in German history as a traitor. But if he . . .


Mandela the Marxist
Ellis Washington
December 14, 2013

"The cause of communism is the greatest cause in the history of mankind!" "At the end of the day... violence was the only weapon that would destroy . . .


Barack 'Adam Smith' Obama?
Ellis Washington
December 7, 2013

"Statistics show not only that our levels of income inequality rank near countries like Jamaica and Argentina, but that it is harder today for a child born . . .


Cognitive dissonance and the political Left
Ellis Washington
November 30, 2013

...[T]those who oppose ENDA [Employee Non-discrimination Act] for religious reasons, is it not possible to believe that homosexual acts are immoral, but . . .


Did LBJ kill JFK?
Ellis Washington
November 23, 2013

"After tomorrow those godd-n Kennedys will never embarrass me again. That's not a threat. That's a promise." – LBJ to his mistress Madeleine Brown on . . .


Blood money, neutrality myth and the Jews
Ellis Washington
November 17, 2013

Switzerland stands accused not only of disgracefully abandoning its policy of neutrality but also of clandestinely helping the Nazis during World War II...: . . .


Leviathan: 1651-2013
Ellis Washington
November 10, 2013

The idea that people can live under government and be free is, as he [Hobbes] points out, ridiculous. To talk of a "free subject" is just as illogical "as . . .


Bonhoeffer vs. Nazi and progressive book burning
Ellis Washington
November 1, 2013

"Dort, wo man Bucher verbrennt, verbrennt man am Ende auch Menschen." (Where books are burned, they will, in the end burn people, too) – Heinrich Heine . . .


Bonhoeffer vs. Nazi & progressive theology
Ellis Washington
October 25, 2013

You'll see the day, ten years from now, when Adolf Hitler will occupy precisely the same position in Germany that Jesus Christ has now. – Reinhard . . .


Affirmative action, affirmative slave chains
Ellis Washington
October 19, 2013

"It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being . . .


Secular humanism is evolution atheism
Ellis Washington
October 12, 2013

There is no place in the Humanist worldview for either immortality or God in the valid meanings of those terms. Humanism contends that instead of the gods . . .


Hitlercare vs. Obamacare
Ellis Washington
October 5, 2013

"Many who think themselves infinitely superior to the aberrations of Nazism, and sincerely hate all manifestations, work at the same time for ideals whose . . .


Symposium--Who are you?
Ellis Washington
September 28, 2013

"As a man thinks in his heart, so is he." ~Proverbs 23:7 Socrates (470-399 B.C.) was a famous Greek philosopher from Athens, who taught Plato, and Plato . . .


Is there not a cause?
Ellis Washington
September 21, 2013

David vs. Goliath, Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel ceiling "When injustice becomes a law, rebellion becomes a duty." ~Jefferson The Bible story of . . .


Hollywood's treacherous pact with Hitler
Ellis Washington
September 14, 2013

Hitler, a movie fanatic, well understood the infinite propaganda power of the cinema "Hollywood [circa 1930-42] is not just collaborating with Nazi . . .


French Revolution and the triumph of liberal fascism
Ellis Washington
September 7, 2013

Liberty leading the people by Eugène Delacroix "There are only two parties... the people and its enemies. We must exterminate those miserable villains who . . .


C.S. Lewis: when science becomes magic, Part 2
Ellis Washington
August 31, 2013

"I dread government in the name of science; that is how tyrannies come in." ~ C. S. Lewis "Three generations of imbeciles are enough." ~ Justice Oliver . . .


C.S. Lewis: when science becomes magic
Ellis Washington
August 24, 2013

"The new oligarchy must increasingly rely on the advice of scientists until in the end the politicians become merely the scientists' puppets." ~ C. S. Lewis, . . .


Lycurgus and proto-fascism
Ellis Washington
August 17, 2013

"When a benevolent mind contemplates the republic of Lycurgus, its admiration is mixed with a degree of horror." ~Thomas Day Lycurgus (c. 820–730 . . .


Nigger manifesto
Ellis Washington
August 10, 2013

By English potter and abolitionist, Josiah Wedgewood (1787) ironically the grandfather of Charles Darwin My second birth occurred exactly 37 years ago . . .


When SCOTUS rules 9-0 against Obama
Ellis Washington
August 5, 2013

"When a president pursues policies that require such expansive federal power that he can't get a single justice to agree, something is probably amiss." ~ . . .


Detroit (1701-2013) ... R.I.P.
Ellis Washington
August 2, 2013

"There is nothing more frightening than active ignorance." ~ Goethe Prologue I was born and raised in Detroit. Since I am by nature an iconoclast, . . .


Utopia, eugenics and today's progressives
Ellis Washington
July 21, 2013

"The bride and bridegroom must set their minds to produce for the State children of the greatest possible goodness and beauty." ~ Plato, "The Republic" (c. 3 . . .


Utopia, dystopia
Ellis Washington
July 14, 2013

"You can't make an omelet without breaking a few eggs." ~Stalin (a paraphrase of Robespierre) According to Merriman-Webster Dictionary, utopia and . . .


Hegel's dialectic in the Age of Obama, Part 2
Ellis Washington
July 9, 2013

"Hegel's philosophy was a pseudo-philosophy paralyzing all mental powers, stifling all real thinking." ~ Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860 . . .


Hegel's Dialectic in the Age of Obama
Ellis Washington
July 1, 2013

"Animals are in possession of themselves [Thesis]; their soul is in possession of their body [Antithesis]. But they have no right to their life, because they do . . .


Happy 65th Birthday Justice Clarence Thomas
Ellis Washington
June 23, 2013

The States, not the Federal Government, have the exclusive right to define the "Qualifications requisite for Electors," U. S. Const., Art. I, §2, cl. 1, . . .


Orwell's '1984' in 2013
Ellis Washington
June 16, 2013

"The administration has now lost all credibility. Mr. Obama is proving the truism that the executive branch will use any power it is given and very likely . . .


Can Dole, Scarborough, Christie fix GOP?
Ellis Washington
June 9, 2013

Prologue Can Bob Dole, Joe Scarborough and Chris Christie fix the Republican Party? Former GOP Senate leader Bob Dole, who lost his presidential bid against . . .


Going to hell to find God
Ellis Washington
May 26, 2013

"The infernal hurricane that never rests / Hurtles the spirits onward in its rapine" ~ Dante, Inferno V, lines 31-32 Prologue {Lillibridge Elementary, c.  . . .


Democratic Socialists' 'Long March'
Ellis Washington
May 19, 2013

"We can and must write in a language which sows among the masses hate, revulsion, and scorn toward those who disagree with us." ~ Lenin Dr. Charles . . .


Symposium: cult of acceptance
Ellis Washington
May 12, 2013

Socrates (470-399 B.C.) was a famous Greek philosopher from Athens who taught Plato. Plato taught Aristotle, and Aristotle taught Alexander the Great. Socrates . . .


NAACP=National Association for the Abortion of Colored People
Ellis Washington
May 6, 2013

"During the reign of the Ku Klux Klan, they documented 5,000 deaths, during that 100-year reign [1865-1965]. In one week, 8,000 black people die, but they're . . .


Blacks' obsession with sports, Hollywood & acceptance
Ellis Washington
April 28, 2013

"Universities exist to transmit knowledge and understanding of ideas and values to students not to provide entertainment for spectators or employment for . . .


On Ancient Rome, America and 1st Amendment
Ellis Washington
April 21, 2013

Summum ius summa inuria. (More laws, less justice) ~ Cicero, De Officiis, 1, 10, 33 America 2013 stands at the precipice of human history. Will Americans . . .


75 years of progressive regression
Ellis Washington
April 14, 2013

"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no . . .


A 5th Amendment 'right' to same-sex marriage?
Ellis Washington
April 10, 2013

"I'm curious, when did it become unconstitutional to exclude homosexual couples from marriage? 1791 [when the Fifth Amendment was adopted]? 1868, when the 14th . . .


Progressives' 6th Amendment
Ellis Washington
March 27, 2013

"The criminal is to go free because the constable has blundered." ~ Justice Benjamin Cardozo In their notes on the Sixth Amendment, O'Connor and Sabato . . .


The Second and Seventh Amendments: History triumphs over balancing tests
Ellis Washington
March 17, 2013

I consider [trial by jury] as the only anchor ever yet imagined by man, by which a government can be held to the principles of its constitution. ~ Thomas . . .


Symposium: Hitler, Nazism and the bottomless pit of evil
Ellis Washington
March 11, 2013

Socrates (470-399 B.C.) was a famous Greek philosopher from Athens, who taught Plato, and Plato taught Aristotle, and Aristotle taught Alexander the Great. . . .


The cruel and unusual 8th Amendment
Ellis Washington
March 3, 2013

Capital punishments are the natural offspring of monarchical governments. ... Kings consider their subjects as their property; no wonder, therefore, they shed . . .


The aborted 9th Amendment
Ellis Washington
February 17, 2013

"[The Ninth Amendment] specifically roots the Constitution in a natural rights tradition that says we are born with more rights than any constitution could . . .


Birth of a conservative intellectual, Part 2
Ellis Washington
February 9, 2013

Prologue In my last column, "Birth of a conservative intellectual," I presented a personal narrative of how I rejected the zeitgeist of Darwinism, liberalism . . .


Birth of a conservative intellectual
Ellis Washington
February 7, 2013

My favorite definition of an intellectual: "Someone who has been educated beyond his intelligence." – Arthur C. Clarke, "3001: The Final Odyssey"  . . .


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