Robert Reilly is a writer and senior fellow at the American Foreign Policy Council. He has published on topics of US foreign policy and “war of ideas.” He walks us through his timely new book, America on Trial: A Defense of the Founding, which pushes back on recent theorists who have argued that the American founding brought with it the “Poison Pill” of modern liberalism. He discusses in thorough detail the traditions of thought that lead to the American founding, arguing that it has its roots in Natural Law and the medieval constitutional tradition. In the podcast, we discuss the history of the founding and its central ideas, with an emphasis on the challenge of several contemporary critics of the founding from the Right. We end the podcast with a discussion of how we can recapture the spirit of the founding today.
America on Trial is available for purchase through Ignatius Press here.