Program notes from a conference on Martin Diamond and Herbert Storing held at Princeton University in the Fall of 2017.
Excerpt: The most timeless essay in the first issue of The Public Interest was penned by Martin Diamond, a professor of political philosophy, an explicator of and reviver of interest in the Federalist Papers, and a student of Leo Strauss who, Irving Kristol… More
Selection from “The Emergence of the Straussian Study of America,” Chapter Six in The Truth About Leo Strauss (The University of Chicago Press, 2006).
Excerpt: Martin Diamond made inestimable contributions to the study of the American Founding. During the 1960s and 1970s, he set forth a series of subtle interpretations that either remain in place today or have set the terms upon which much recent… More
Excerpt: The broad purpose of Professor Frisch’s paper is to explain, as being cogent, Martin Diamond’s understanding of The Federalist Papers as at least the closest approximation to genuine political philosophy that exists within the broader… More
Excerpt: Martin Diamond once said that what drives most Americans is not ideology but the spirit expressed in a country and western song by Tom T. Hall titled “Faster Horses, Older Whiskey, Younger Women, and More Money.” The reference to race… More
Democracy, Acquisitiveness, and the Private Realm: Martin Diamond on the Reasonable Optimism of the Founding– Thomas K. Lindsay. "Democracy, Acquisitiveness, and the Private Realm: Martin Diamond on the Reasonable Optimism of the Founding." The Political Science Reviewer 28.1 (Fall 1999): 48-74.
Excerpt: Martin Diamond’s analysis and defense of the philosophic and moral foundations of the American Constitution took the form of a multi-front war. To his left was arrayed more than a half-century’s work of various historians and political… More
Excerpt: Martin Diamond and Douglass Adair differ in their interpretations of American political thought. This difference is shown in the irrespective analyses of The Federalist. According to Adair, there is a fundamental ambivalence in American political… More
Excerpt: Some thirty years ago I first entered a classroom animated and taught by Martin Diamond. With possibly one exception, he remains in my estimation the most effective classroom teacher I have ever observed in more than 38 years as a student myself and,… More
Excerpt: Forgotten or neglected by politicians, the Constitution and its Framers did not fare much better in the academic world that Martin Diamond entered in the early 1950s. Political science departments offered courses in constitutional law, but, at that… More
Excerpt: In this provocative and insightful essay, Alan Gibson attacks Martin Diamond’s “commercial republic” interpretation of Federalist 10. The significance of his project is revealed in Charles Kesler’s comment, quoted by Gibson,… More
The Commercial Republic & the Pluralist Critique of Marxism: An Analysis of Martin Diamond’s Interpretation of Federalist 10– Alan Gibson. "The Commercial Republic & the Pluralist Critique of Marxism: An Analysis of Martin Diamond's Interpretation of Federalist 10." Polity 25.4 (Summer 1993): 497-528.
Introduction: Martin Diamond’s “commercial republic” interpretation of Federalist 10 is widely embraced by political scientists, especially Straussians, but this article challenges it. It argues that Madison was not a “commercial… More
In the bleakest days of Nixon-Kissinger foreign policy—when it appeared that democracy, having been rendered unmanly by petty bourgeois concerns at home, would be swallowed up by totalitarian forces abroad—it was not uncommon for graduate students to… More
Excerpt: One day several years ago, about a year after I received my Ph.D., Mr. Diamond finally persuaded me to refer to and address him as “Martin.” He had suggested several times previously, without success, that while “Mr. Diamond”… More
Excerpt: In memory of Martin Diamond—my least imperfect friend through some forty years and always a model of luminous intelligence and saving human grace—I can only try to do two modest things: to grasp a little more securely what he taught all of us… More
Excerpt: A textbook may not seem a noteworthy part of one’s legacy, but Martin Diamond’s extraordinary impact as a teacher shines through even so prosaic a tool. Moreover, the substance of Diamond’s teaching, no less than its zestful… More
Excerpt: Several months ago, Alexander Solzhenitsyn ushered the graduating class of Harvard University into an ominous world: the world of frantic, debasing, self-interested Western materialism. In the scramble for self-aggrandizement, according to… More
Excerpt: Martin Diamond’s principle legacy to all Americans and to all people everywhere is his revival of serious consideration of the political philosophy of the American founding fathers. While historians and others had never really forsaken the… More
Excerpt: There can be no question but that the theme which is addressed by Martin Diamond in his article, “Ethics and Politics: The American Way” is an area of considerable intellectual confusion. Politics, it is generally believed, should of… More
Excerpt: This is an essay on the political writings of Martin Diamond, a friend and colleague cherished as much for his seriousness and intellect as for his warmth and wit. It is inspired by the belief that Diamond’s understanding of the American… More
Author’s Introduction: The only consolation for the early loss of Martin Diamond is the memory of his brilliant teaching and the permanent value of his published writings. One of the finest of these writings, “The Federalist‘s View of… More
Irving Kristol remembers Martin Diamond, in this 1977 obituary.