Buckley Book Reviewed in American Conservative

Professor F.H. Buckley’s book, The Once and Future King: The Rise of Crown Government in America, was featured in a book review in the American Conservative.


. . . So why doesn’t the U.S. have more of [freedom]?

Comes George Mason School of Law’s F.H. Buckley with an answer: the United States Constitution. The federal charter, he argues in his bracing new book, is the main reason that America is notably less free than the other chief Anglophone former colonies of Britain. It is also the reason, he explains at length, why the trends all point not toward American convergence with freer countries but toward assimilation of the U.S. to the condition of other countries with presidential rather than parliamentary governments.

One might have thought that someone would write such a study sooner. After all, the obvious distinction between the American model of government and the ones further up the Heritage list—as well as other lists ranking governments by various measures of freedom—is that America’s federal Constitution established a presidential government, while freer countries tend to have parliamentary systems. To my knowledge, however, none did.

America’s Kingly Constitution, The American Conservative, March 12, 2015. By Kevin R.C. Gutzman.