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John Quincy Adams’ 1821 Independence Day Address

Then-Secretary of State John Quincy Adams used this speech to lay out his vision for American foreign policy. In a famous passage, he states that “[America] goes not abroad, in search of monsters to destroy.” His argument in this speech was that the United States should not interfere in the affairs of the European great powers, but rather focus on her own neighborhood.

American Greatness

A New Conservatism Must Emerge

A new Right is needed, one that understands itself as rooted in the noble cause of the American Revolution—unabashed and zealous in its determination to restore political liberty and politics.

American Affairs

Toward the Next Frontier

Offering a different perspective, Peter Juul and Ruy Teixeira make an interesting case for a new “liberal nationalism.”

Foreign Affairs

The Case for Offshore Balancing

In this piece, John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt argue that the United States should return to a more restrained grand strategy—offshore balancing.