Self-Evident

Justin Stapley
Self-Evident is a newsletter and podcast where Justin Stapley discusses timely political topics, timeless values, and the first principles of limited government and free society.
Created 10 Feb 2020
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  • The Unpatriotic Selfishness of Insurrection
    07 Jan 2022 • < 1 min read
    Each week, I share an exclusive look to paying subscribers of what I’ve been working on and what will hopefully appear in another publication in the near future. Please, leave any suggestions you migh...
  • Jan. 6: A Crisis of Legitimacy
    07 Jan 2022 • 9 min read • 3 0
    America is not a democracy, not in the full and specific sense of the word. However, we are a constitutionally chartered democratic republic (which most scholars today call a liberal democracy). This ...
  • The End of Deterrence?
    20 Dec 2021 • 3 min read • 3 1
    Deterrence is a simple concept that’s complicated by intersecting real-world realities. At its most basic, it’s a school of thought developed in the wake of the failure of appeasement to avoid WW2. Ra...
  • Guest Commentary: Reimagining the Social Contract
    09 Dec 2021 • 6 min read • 1 1
    On November 11, 1620, something remarkable happened. Religious dissidents who had sailed to a new world put into practice theories that would spark a revolution in societal governance over the next 20...
  • Further Discussion on Ethical Carry
    08 Dec 2021 • 7 min read • 1 1
    After the various responses to my newsletter last week about “ethical carry,” it seems obvious that the emotions engendered by the back-and-forth on the Rittenhouse case were still too raw for the kin...
  • Censorship and Amplification
    03 Dec 2021 • 1 min read • 2 3
    Each week, I share an exclusive look to paying subscribers of what I’ve been working on and what will hopefully appear in another publication in the near future. Please, leave any suggestions you migh...
  • An Argument Against Unethical Carry
    30 Nov 2021 • 5 min read • 2 15
    What if things had gone differently that night in Kenosha on August 25, 2020? What if Anthony Huber had successfully incapacitated Kyle Rittenhouse with his skateboard? What if Gaige Grosskreutz had a...
  • Thanksgiving and Foundational Conservatism
    27 Nov 2021 • 4 min read • 3 0
    In the past five or so years, there’s been a lot of spilled ink in discussing and debating the principles and values of conservatism. I myself have tried to champion what I view as “principled conserv...
  • Does the Constitution Hang by a Thread?
    19 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read • 1 0
    Each week, I share an exclusive look to paying subscribers of what I’ve been working on and what will hopefully appear in another publication in the near future. Please, leave any suggestions you migh...
  • Guest Commentary: Politics, Principles, and the All-Powerful Party
    18 Nov 2021 • 4 min read • 1 1
    As I type this, great deliberation is going on in Washington DC. Principled men, elected by their constituents, are debating the great ideas of our time. They take a final vote when the debate ends, a...
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