Ellis Washington column
Ellis Washington is a former staff editor of the Michigan Law Review (1989) and law clerk at the Rutherford Institute (1992). Currently he is an adjunct professor of law at the National Paralegal College and the graduate school, National Jurisprudence University, where he teaches Constitutional Law, Legal Ethics, American History, Administrative Law, Criminal Procedure, Contracts, Real Property, and Advanced Legal Writing, among many other subjects.

A founding board member and Director of Salt and Light Global, LLC, Washington is a co-host on "Joshua's Trial," a radio show proclaiming a Judeo-Christian worldview and conservative political philosophy.

A graduate of John Marshall Law School (1994), the University of Michigan (1986), and DePauw University (1983), he did post-graduate studies in History at Harvard University GSAS and in Law at Harvard Law School (1988-89). Washington's latest law review articles include: "Nigger Manifesto: Institutional, Intellectual, Ideological Racism inside the American Academy" (forthcoming 2015) and "Social Darwinism in Nazi Family and Inheritance Law" (2011).

Author of 9 books, Washington's latest opus is a 2-volume collection containing over 300 essays, articles, and Socratic dialogues dedicated to his intellectual mentor and friend, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas – The Progressive Revolution: History of Liberal Fascism through the Ages (University Press of America, 2015) – Volume III – 2010-11 Writings and Volume IV – 2012-2013 Writings . Visit his Law and History blog, EllisWashingtonReport.com, an essential repository of writings based on a Natural Law worldview and jurisprudence dedicated to educating the next generation of young conservative intellectuals and teaching the youth about real history, law, philosophy, politics, while rejecting the existential, militant Marxist propaganda taught in today's public schools, colleges, and universities.

Symposium--Satan, the blood is against you
Ellis Washington
November 25, 2015

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. . . .

Symposium--Tell the devil I changed my mind
Ellis Washington
November 22, 2015

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. . . .

Symposium--No more sheets
Ellis Washington
November 18, 2015

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. . . .

Symposium--divine strategies
Ellis Washington
November 13, 2015

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. . . .

Hitler's judges: Roland Freisler and his U.S. progeny
Ellis Washington
November 11, 2015

"How many judges do you think resigned in the Third Reich? Three. Great respect, it seems to me, has to be given to people who resign rather than do something . . .

Symposium--puppet master
Ellis Washington
November 7, 2015

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. . . .

Symposium--woman, thou art loosed!
Ellis Washington
November 5, 2015

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. . . .

Symposium--Lord, sit on me!
Ellis Washington
November 1, 2015

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. . . .

Symposium--He brought me out on a crumb
Ellis Washington
October 28, 2015

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 case against Marine Le Pen: Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité and Fascisme
Ellis Washington
October 24, 2015

"This is an organized replacement of our population. This threatens our very survival. We don't have the means to integrate those [Muslims] who are already here . . .

Hitler's willing executioners...then and now
Ellis Washington
October 22, 2015

"I think the likelihood of Hitler being able to accomplish his goals would have been greatly diminished if the people had been armed. I'm telling you there is a . . .

Holocaust Democrats in modern times
Ellis Washington
October 17, 2015

"The great strength of the totalitarian state is that it forces those who fear it to imitate it." ~ Adolf . . .

Adolf Hitler: The Final War Years (1943-1945)
Ellis Washington
October 15, 2015

Any alliance whose purpose is not the intention to wage war is senseless and useless. ~ Hitler For peace, freedom and democracy; never again fascism; . . .

Adolf Hitler: The Early War Years (1939-42)
Ellis Washington
October 10, 2015

"Always before god and the world the stronger has the right to carry through what he wills." ~ Hitler, Speech in Munich (13 April 1923) "...[I]t is . . .

Adolf Hitler: The March to War (1933-1939)
Ellis Washington
October 7, 2015

If this was a rape of the Austrians, then the Austrians liked being raped. ~ Norwegian Newspaper, March 1938 The great strength of the totalitarian state . . .

Adolf Hitler: the middle years (1920-1932)
Ellis Washington
October 3, 2015

We do not know whether Hitler is going to found a new Islam. He is already on the way; he is like Mohammad. The emotion in Germany is Islamic; warlike and . . .

Adolf Hitler: the early years
Ellis Washington
September 30, 2015

"Demoralize the enemy from within by surprise, terror, sabotage, assassination. This is the war of the future." ~ Young Hitler "I have more faith in . . .

Ernst Röhm: the rise and fall of the pink swastika
Ellis Washington
September 26, 2015

"Lively and Abrams call attention to what Hitlerism really stood for, abortion, euthanasia, hatred of Jews, and, very emphatically, homosexuality. This many of . . .

Heinrich Himmler: Hitler's willing executioner through antiquity
Ellis Washington
September 23, 2015

"Der Islam ist unserer Weltanschauung sehr ähnlich." (Translation: Islam is very similar to our [Nazi] Worldview) "The best political weapon is the weapon of . . .

Reinhard Heydrich: Hitler's hangman and alter ego
Ellis Washington
September 17, 2015

"Truth and goodness had no intrinsic meaning for him; they were instruments to be used for the gaining of more and more power. To debate whether any action was . . .

Nazi propaganda...then and now
Ellis Washington
September 14, 2015

"Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it." ~ Adolph Hitler "We are five days away from fundamentally . . .

Ghetto life: What Holocaust Democrats taught the Nazis
Ellis Washington
September 10, 2015

"As long as the government is perceived as working for the benefit of children the people will happily endure almost any curtailment of liberty and almost any . . .

Nazism American Style: The Nuremberg Race Laws (1935)
Ellis Washington
September 4, 2015

"Maintaining the purity of blood insures the survival of the German people." ~ Nazi Eugenics poster (circa 1935) "More children from the fit [Whites], . . .

Holocaust Democrats and the Night of the Long Knives
Ellis Washington
August 31, 2015

Every single one of us shuddered [during the Night of the Long Knives]; nevertheless each of us understood clearly that he would do it the next time if it were . . .

Kristallnacht, DemocratNacht
Ellis Washington
August 24, 2015

Prologue to a Nazi Pogrom against the Jews According to the outstanding archives of U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Kristallnacht, literally meant,  . . .

Holocaust Democrats, Part 2
Ellis Washington
August 20, 2015

Propaganda works best when those who are being manipulated are confident that they are acting on their own free will. ~ Joseph Goebbels, Hitler's . . .

Holocaust Democrats, Part 1
Ellis Washington
August 17, 2015

[There exists] other striking similarities between National Socialists and Obama Socialists. This is not to say that the DNC wants to recreate the Holocaust . . .

Nazi officer Albert Speer: 'Good Nazi' or mass murderer?
Ellis Washington
August 13, 2015

I would have been Hitler's best friend... if Hitler had been capable of having friends. In all of my activities as Armament Minister I never once visited a . . .

Planned Parenthood = Planned Holocaust
Ellis Washington
August 8, 2015

Destruction of the embryo in the mother's womb is a violation of the right to live which God has bestowed upon this nascent life. ~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer If . . .

33 years waiting to be interviewed by my Detroit
Ellis Washington
August 6, 2015

A prophet is not without honor except in his own country, among his own relatives, and in his own house. ~ Mark 6:4 Do not set out to destroy society  . . .

50 years of Medicare-Medicaid slavery
Ellis Washington
August 1, 2015

We cannot expect the Americans to jump from capitalism to communism, but we can assist their elected leaders in giving Americans small doses of socialism, until . . .

Uber and the triumph of capitalism
Ellis Washington
July 29, 2015

Stand by your principles and be comfortable with confrontation. So few people are, so when the people with the red tape come, it becomes a negotiation. ~ CEO . . .

The king has no Kenyan blood
Ellis Washington
July 27, 2015

We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America. ~Barack Obama, Oct. 30, 2008 The Power of the Eternal Lie If . . .

Proto-communists and the abolition of family
Ellis Washington
July 22, 2015

Men start revolutionary changes for reasons connected with their private lives. ~ Aristotle Collective schools were created for the children generated . . .

Obama signs Israel's death warrant in Iran nuclear deal
Ellis Washington
July 17, 2015

President Barack Obama's nuclear treaty with Iran is nothing less than naked treason against our most beloved and faithful ally, the Nation of Israel. Sen. . . .

Smile for me, Camille Cosby
Ellis Washington
July 15, 2015

Camille Cosby is a proud, dignified but stubborn woman. You can say that she's standing by her husband, but really, the more people stand against him, the . . .

The triumph of Ayn Rand and the Fountainhead
Ellis Washington
July 11, 2015

Don't set out to raze all shrines – you'll frighten men. Enshrine mediocrity – and the shrines are razed. ~ Ellsworth Toohey If physical . . .

Is Obama the Obsolete Man?
Ellis Washington
July 8, 2015

Logic is an enemy, and truth is a menace. He was obsolete. But so is the State, the entity he worshiped. Any state, any entity, any ideology that fails . . .

Five freuds in minister's robes
Ellis Washington
July 5, 2015

Lex iniusta non est lex (Latin: An unjust law is no law at all). ~St. Thomas Aquinas No human society has ever been able to maintain both order and . . .

SCOTUS: 6 despots in minister's robes
Ellis Washington
July 1, 2015

It is emphatically the province and duty of the Judicial Department to say what the law is. ~ Chief Justice John Marshall, Marbury v. Madison (1803)  . . .

Takedown: how the left has sabotaged family and marriage
Ellis Washington
June 26, 2015

Totalitarian movements that envisioned nothing less than the transformation of human nature were inspired by that book [Karl Marx's Communist Manifesto]. ~ . . .

Requiem for Charleston, SC
Ellis Washington
June 24, 2015

Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat eis. Grant them eternal rest, Lord, and let perpetual light shine on them. ~ Requiem Mass, . . .

Dinesh D'Souza's America
Ellis Washington
June 20, 2015

Dinesh D'Souza has a new book out, America: Imagine a World Without Her, that will be the basis of a film of the same name that builds upon his highly . . .

Magna Carta: 800 years of natural law
Ellis Washington
June 17, 2015

To no one will we sell [no slavery], to no one will we refuse or delay right or justice. ~ Magna Carta In questions of power, then, let no more be . . .

On Einstein's annus mirabilis
Ellis Washington
June 13, 2015

Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid. Everyone sits in . . .

Freshman Falstaff vs. Professor Darwin Dawkins
Ellis Washington
June 10, 2015

The light of the body is the eye: If therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be . . .

On Sigmund Freud: pushing society into sexual psychopathy, Part 2
Ellis Washington
June 6, 2015

Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility. ~ Freud Freud and . . .

Uncle Walter 'Commie' Cronkite
Ellis Washington
June 3, 2015

"The most trusted man in America," Walter Cronkite Warns America of the Coming Ice Age (CBS Broadcast: 9/11/72) Their leader, Pat Robertson, has . . .

On Sigmund Freud: pushing society into sexual psychopathy, Part 1
Ellis Washington
May 30, 2015

The madman is the dreamer awake. ~ Freud Biography of Sigmund Freud Sigmund Freud (May 6, 1856 – September 23, 1939) was an Austrian . . .

Earn this... earn it: A Memorial Day Tribute
Ellis Washington
May 27, 2015

Movie – Saving Private Ryan, Captain John Miller's last words to Pvt. Ryan: "Earn this... earn it!" Prologue to a Hero's Life This essay is a . . .

On William James: the father of psychology
Ellis Washington
May 23, 2015

Belief creates the actual fact. Truth is what works. Whenever two people meet, there are really six people present. There is each man as he sees himself, . . .

Hitler's Reichstag fire and the Progressive pretext for Tyranny
Ellis Washington
May 20, 2015

The whole truth about the Reichstag fire will probably never be known. Nearly all those who knew it are now dead, most of them slain by Hitler in the months . . .

On Dostoyevsky's The Brothers Karamazov
Ellis Washington
May 17, 2015

Telling the truth and making someone cry is better than telling a lie and making someone smile. Men reject their prophets and slay them, but they love . . .

Cowardly conservatives: Either govern D.C. or resign!
Ellis Washington
May 13, 2015

The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything. ~ . . .

On Leo Tolstoy: war and peace or war and appeasement?
Ellis Washington
May 10, 2015

It is amazing how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness. The whole world is divided for me into two parts: one is she, and there is all happiness, . . .

Picasso: psychotic pervert or iconic genius?
Ellis Washington
May 7, 2015

Art is a lie that tells the truth. I am a Communist and my painting is Communist painting. ~ Picasso Prologue to Picasso: Psychotic or Iconic . . .

On Karl Marx and the First Principles of Evil
Ellis Washington
May 2, 2015

The first battlefield is to rewrite history. Anyone who know anything of history knows that great social changes are impossible without feminine upheaval . . .

Baltimore burning: The collapse of Democrat Socialism slavery in America
Ellis Washington
April 29, 2015

"It's a very delicate balancing act, because while we tried to make sure that they were protected from the cars and the other things that were going on, we . . .

On Darwin and the eternal lie of evolution atheism, Part 2
Ellis Washington
April 26, 2015

At some future period, not very distant as measured by centuries, the civilized races will almost certainly exterminate and replace, the savage races throughout . . .

Symposium--Me, Hooley and Malcolm X
Ellis Washington
April 22, 2015

Stephen the House Negro, expresses outrage to Calvin about Django riding a horse Socrates (470-399 B.C.) was a famous Greek philosopher from Athens, who . . .

On Darwin and the eternal lie of evolution atheism, Part 1
Ellis Washington
April 18, 2015

Original title of Darwin's book on evolution showing his invidious racist intent (subtitle removed in 6th edition of 1872) It [evolution theory] is a mere . . .

Before the Holocaust--Armenian Genocide: 1915-1918
Ellis Washington
April 15, 2015

"Turkey is taking advantage of the war in order to thoroughly liquidate its internal foes, i.e., the indigenous Christians, without being thereby disturbed by . . .

On Melville's Moby Dick and the obsession of self-will
Ellis Washington
April 11, 2015

It is not down in any map; true places never are. There is a wisdom that is woe, but there is a woe that is madness. ~ . . .

Book Review--In the Beginning: And Other Essays on Intelligent Design
Ellis Washington
April 8, 2015

Editor's note: The following is excerpted from the new expanded second edition of Granville Sewell's book In the Beginning: And Other Essays on Intelligent . . .

On Goethe's Faust
Ellis Washington
April 4, 2015

Professor Faust tempted by Mephistopheles To think is easy. To act is hard. But the hardest thing in the world is to act in accordance with your thinking . . .

Gov. Mike Pence vs. the Shadow Constitution
Ellis Washington
April 1, 2015

There are no crimes only criminals ~ Robespierre No provision in our Constitution ought to be dearer to man than that which protects the rights of . . .

On Hegel: Using Dialectic to pervert truth and history
Ellis Washington
March 29, 2015

Reality is a historical process. ~ Hegel Like other historical theories, it required, if it was to be made plausible, some distortion of facts and . . .

Salt and Light Global targeted for defending woman expelled from Planet Fitness
Ellis Washington
March 25, 2015

Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it and polarize it. ~ Saul Alinsky, Rules for Radicals (Rule 12 . . .

On Lavoisier, Fourier, Faraday and the ambition of science
Ellis Washington
March 21, 2015

I consider nature a vast chemical laboratory in which all kids of composition and decompositions are formed. ~ Lavoisier Profound study of nature is . . .

Is Hillary too big to fail?
Ellis Washington
March 18, 2015

Prologue to the Wicked Witch of the Upper West Side After reading a Breitbart article with the controversial title, "Is Hillary too big to fail"? I made the . . .

On James Boswell and the life of Samuel Johnson
Ellis Washington
March 14, 2015

I hate mankind, for I think myself one of the best of them, and I know how bad I am. ~ Boswell Biography of Boswell James Boswell (1740–1795), . . .

Netanyahu vs. Neville Chamberlain
Ellis Washington
March 11, 2015

When it comes to Iran and ISIS the enemy of your enemy – is your enemy! ~ . . .

Symposium--federalists, anti-federalists and utilitarianism
Ellis Washington
March 7, 2015

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. . . .

Welcome to the Progressive Revolution, Byron!
Ellis Washington
March 4, 2015

...Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out – Because I was not a Jew / Then they came for me – and there was no one left to . . .

On Immanuel Kant and reasoning God out of existence
Ellis Washington
February 28, 2015

Two things fill the mind with ever new and increasing admiration and reverence, the more often and more steadily one reflects on them: the starry heavens above . . .

ISIS rising
Ellis Washington
February 25, 2015

We are coming to Rome. We will conquer and establish the justice of Shariah. We will use your Leaning Tower of pizza [sic] Pisa to throw off homosexuals. ~ . . .

On Edward Gibbon: History of the decline and fall of the Roman Empire, Part II
Ellis Washington
February 22, 2015

History...is, indeed, little more than the register of the crimes, follies, and misfortune of mankind. ~ Gibbon Collapse has happened to every empire . . .

Professor Arthur Labrew and the myth of the American Dream
Ellis Washington
February 17, 2015

*N.B.: I just received the tragic news from his family that Professor Arthur R. Labrew died this morning, Feb. 19, 2015, of a heart attack. Will post his . . .

On Edward Gibbon: History of the decline and fall of the Roman Empire, Part I
Ellis Washington
February 14, 2015

History, the final judge of our deeds. ~ JFK [A]s long as mankind shall continue to bestow more liberal applause on their destroyers than on their . . .

An Open Letter to the Detroit Economic Club
Ellis Washington
February 11, 2015

Prologue to an American Dream: Reality or Myth? Dear Detroit Economic Club: After listening to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush deliver a rather unremarkable . . .

On Adam Smith: The advent of modern economics
Ellis Washington
February 7, 2015

Oligarchy has always has been the chief enemy of markets, enterprise, science, truly competitive capitalism and freedom. ~ Adam . . .

On Montesquieu, Rousseau: salvation or noble savage?
Ellis Washington
February 1, 2015

A nation may lose its liberties in a day and not miss them for a century. ~ Montesquieu Man is born free, but is everywhere in chains. ~ . . .

Solidarity with Jews
Ellis Washington
January 28, 2015

We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. ~ Elie Wiesel, . . .

On Henry Fielding's Tom Jones
Ellis Washington
January 25, 2015

Love is the beauty of the soul. Neither great poverty nor great riches will hear Reason. ~ . . .

"Hands up, don't abort!"
Ellis Washington
January 23, 2015

I just wanna be safe. ~ Malik Bryant (Obama's 2015 SOTU guest) *N.B.: This essay was inspired by my Facebook friends reply to a Pro-life posting I did . . .

On Swift and Sterne and the rise of modernity
Ellis Washington
January 17, 2015

If wealth is a value in heaven it would not be given to bastards on earth. ~ Swift I take a very simple view of life. It is keep your eyes open and . . .

Je suis Israel
Ellis Washington
January 14, 2015

To remain silent and indifferent is the greatest sin of all. ~ Elie Wiesel, French Intellectual, Holocaust . . .

Does France reward terrorists?
Ellis Washington
January 10, 2015

Terrorist, Amedy Coulibaly killed at kosher grocery store in Paris, France "It is my responsibility to make sure that the fear is overcome. This attack . . .

On Locke, Berkeley, Hume and the rise of empiricism
Ellis Washington
January 7, 2015

The natural liberty of man is to be free from any superior power on earth, and not to be under the will or legislative authority of man, but to have only . . .

On Newton and Huygens: when genius was separate from government
Ellis Washington
January 1, 2015

Plato is my friend. Aristotle is my friend. But my greatest friend is Truth. ~ Newton The world is my country, science my religion. ~ . . .

On Pascal's God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob
Ellis Washington
December 19, 2014

Pascal studying the cycloid, by Augustin Pajou  . . .

On Milton's Paradise Lost
Ellis Washington
December 13, 2014

Him the Almighty Power hurled headlong flaming from the ethereal sky. ~John Milton, Paradise Lost: Book I, Lines 44-4 . . .

On Descartes, Spinoza and the rise of rationalism and atheism
Ellis Washington
December 5, 2014

Biography of Descartes René Descartes (1596–1650) was a French philosopher, mathematician, and writer who primarily lived most of his life in . . .

On Francis Bacon: The Philosopher who created the Scientific Method
Ellis Washington
November 29, 2014

Knowledge is power. Those that lack friends to open themselves unto are cannibals of their own hearts. ~ Francis . . .

On Cervantes: when morality is replaced with madness
Ellis Washington
November 22, 2014

Sanity may be madness but the maddest of all is to see life as it is and not as it should be. ~ Don Quixote How long is that madness of yours still to . . .

On Gilbert, Harvey and Galileo: science vs. fascist institutions
Ellis Washington
November 16, 2014

We cannot teach people anything; we can only help them discover it within themselves. ~ Galileo Biography of William Gilbert William Gilbert (1544 . . .

On Shakespeare: King Lear, Macbeth and Obama
Ellis Washington
November 10, 2014

I am a man more sinned against than sinning. ~ King Lear But screw your courage to the sticking-place, And we'll not fail. ~ Lady . . .

Black Chicago activists destroy liberal fascism
Ellis Washington
November 1, 2014

The only thing they're offering the Black community is abortion on demand. This is what president [Obama] is asking us to vote for? ~ Paul McKinley, . . .

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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