About Bradford Tuckfield

Bradford Tuckfield is a data scientist in Philadelphia. He has a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and a Ph.D. in Operations and Information Management. He has written for the New English Review and the National Association of Scholars. His personal website is bradfordtuckfield.com.

The Real Diogenes

By |2017-05-10T22:15:09-05:00May 10th, 2017|Categories: Culture, History, Philosophy, Virtue|

Diogenes believed that the plaudits, power, honor, and gain that people spent their lives seeking were “mere fancy and illusion.” But did Diogenes truly practice what he preached?… Diogenes is one of my heroes. When I think of him I often think of a well-known story: As a throng exited a theater, the famous philosopher [...]

What Is Best?

By |2017-05-03T22:05:11-05:00May 3rd, 2017|Categories: Conservatism, Film, G.K. Chesterton|

The upholding of tradition reflects a belief that even the individual is uncertain about what is best, and so should accept direction from the age-old wisdom encoded in our traditions. In this way, conservatism is consistent with humility in the face of life’s mysteries… In a famous scene from the movie Conan the Barbarian, Conan [...]

Does Eastern Philosophy Hold the Solution to the West’s Crisis?

By |2017-05-21T10:19:35-05:00March 21st, 2017|Categories: Confucius, Culture, Featured, History, Order, Philosophy, Politics|

Western conservatives should broaden their historical gaze, and look to Eastern as well as Western thinkers for direction and inspiration in our confusing world… Anyone who has ever been misled by a mistaken weather forecast knows that the world is full of chaos. Weather systems are influenced by the complex interactions of particles too numerous [...]

Faith and the Promise of Infinity

By |2016-05-04T01:33:14-05:00May 3rd, 2016|Categories: Death, Faith, Imagination|

Chess is a relatively simple game. The board can fit on a small table and only has sixty-four squares in eight rows of eight. There are only thirty-two total pieces, and the pieces always begin in the same positions. The rules can be written on one page and learned in one sitting. Though simple, chess [...]

The Conservatism of Jorge Luis Borges

By |2016-02-15T11:18:33-06:00December 31st, 2015|Categories: Conservatism, Featured, Fiction, Literature|

As a conservative who loves the arts, I often have frustrating moments when I realize that a writer, artist, or musician who I particularly admire is fervently committed to the political left.  It is a cause for small personal celebration when I discover a truly great artist who publicly expresses support or enthusiasm for conservative [...]

Let Us Now Praise Common Men

By |2017-01-02T08:00:21-06:00October 30th, 2015|Categories: Democracy, Featured, Government, Politics|

I have always loved listening to Aaron Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man. It is simple and sincere, noble and hopeful. It has all of the qualities that a common man like me hopes to have. I think the idea of the common man is especially compelling in America, a country built on the idea [...]

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