David Deavel

About David Deavel

David Deavel is Senior Contributor at The Imaginative Conservative, editor of Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture, Co-Director of the Terrence J. Murphy Institute for Catholic Thought, Law, and Public Policy, and Visiting Professor at the University of St. Thomas (Minnesota). He holds a PhD in theology from Fordham and is a winner of the Acton Institute’s Novak Award. His book, Solzhenitsyn and American Culture: The Russian Soul in the West, co-edited with Jessica Hooten Wilson, is forthcoming from Notre Dame Press. Besides his academic publications, Dr. Deavel's writing has appeared in many journals, including Catholic World Report, First Things, National Review, and the Wall Street Journal.

Ideological Neo-Colonialism In The 21st Century

By |2021-04-16T10:39:51-05:00April 15th, 2021|Categories: Books, Civilization, David Deavel, Politics, Senior Contributors, Sexuality|

Obianuju Ekeocha’s “Target Africa” exposes the imposition of destructive, elite American values on Africans by our government, our educational institutions, and our foundations. These “neo-colonialists” treat Africans as children by handing down to them decisions about how to live—decisions that have failed spectacularly in the Western world itself. Target Africa: Ideological Neo-Colonialism In The Twenty-First [...]

To Be, and Especially Not to Be, a Libertarian

By |2021-04-07T19:41:17-05:00April 7th, 2021|Categories: David Deavel, Libertarianism, Libertarians, Politics, Senior Contributors|

Russell Kirk’s prescription of having no major alliances between conservatives and libertarians is wise. Conservatives may stand with libertarians against tyranny and for sensible free market policies, but in the end, I think even accepting the term libertarian is unwise. Should you be a libertarian? The answer, as with every term, depends on how you [...]

A Mother’s Tale: Hilda van Stockum’s “The Winged Watchman”

By |2021-03-25T12:03:45-05:00March 26th, 2021|Categories: Books, Catholicism, David Deavel, Fiction, Senior Contributors, World War II|

The sharp focus on Mrs. Verhagen gives “The Winged Watchman,” Hilda van Stockum’s novel about a Dutch family during World War II, such power. The close-up tasks of the women are just as heroic as the tasks of the men who often fought to protect their loved ones. Who knew a great war story would [...]

Choosing What We Really Want

By |2021-03-17T14:33:52-05:00March 17th, 2021|Categories: Coronavirus, David Deavel, Family, Senior Contributors|

The pursuit of women’s equality and happiness is often assumed to be closely tied to choosing work. But would it really be so bad if many mothers—who have the financial means—decide to work part-time or stay home with their children full-time once the COVID restrictions are lifted? One of the details of George Weigel’s biography [...]

The Strange Gospel of Masking and Public Policy

By |2021-03-09T15:54:46-06:00March 9th, 2021|Categories: Coronavirus, David Deavel, Politics, Science, Senior Contributors|

The lesson of the great masking crusade is important. We need to admit now that forcing unproven, divisive, and ultimately fruitless policies on the population has been a mistake. Universal mask mandates have not made a difference in fighting COVID. Rather, they have divided our country, provided a surplus of garbage, and caused some dental [...]

Standing Athwart or Pulling the Plug at ‘National Review’?

By |2021-03-11T08:00:00-06:00February 28th, 2021|Categories: Conservatism, David Deavel, Politics, Senior Contributors|

‘National Review’ seems collectively incapable of seeing that it is no longer standing athwart history but is instead mostly athwart rank-and-file conservatives. NR is more liberal echo than conservative choice these days, and I don’t see any sign of recovery. William F. Buckley “Every young writer, I imagine,” wrote Ross Douthat, “has their [...]

The World, the Flesh, and Cry Baby Craig

By |2021-02-13T10:01:07-06:00February 16th, 2021|Categories: Catholicism, Christianity, David Deavel, Lent, Senior Contributors|

The lack of any serious communal ascetical practices during Lent and throughout the year is one of the defining weaknesses of modern Christians. What the Catholic Church and various Protestants need is a return to real fasting that is accompanied by both almsgiving and attention to prayer. What are you giving up for Lent? This [...]

Renewing the Clash & Combination of Western Education

By |2021-01-28T22:55:19-06:00January 28th, 2021|Categories: Books, Culture, David Deavel, Education, History, Senior Contributors, Western Civilization|

“The Heart of Culture” traces the success of Western education, rooted in the very nature of Western civilization as a historical “clash and combination” of Greek culture and Judeo-Christian religion. It is the perfect book for parents, teachers, and administrators who are dissatisfied with modern education but don’t know why. The Heart of Culture: A [...]

Ways to Fight Big Tech

By |2021-01-15T10:52:54-06:00January 14th, 2021|Categories: David Deavel, Information Age, Senior Contributors, Technology|

The social-media giants won't stop censoring conservative speech anytime soon. Why would they? The reality is that conservatives must fight back against big tech immediately. Here are several ways to do it. Will you see this essay on Facebook or Twitter? Maybe, maybe not. The two major social media networks have been censoring political speech [...]

Conservative Skepticism and the Pandemic

By |2020-12-29T20:06:20-06:00December 29th, 2020|Categories: American Republic, Coronavirus, David Deavel, Economics, Politics, Senior Contributors, Timeless Essays|

Conservatives tend to be skeptical about the doom-and-gloom scenarios that are being presented as absolute certainties unless the country as a whole is essentially shut down for months. Many have called us “deniers” or accused us of valuing money over human life. But I believe that this skepticism is both eminently reasonable and will prove [...]

Moral Realism in Christmas Fantasy: “The Family Man”

By |2020-12-25T12:56:16-06:00December 25th, 2020|Categories: Christmas, Culture, David Deavel, Family, Film, Morality, Senior Contributors|

Just as the advent of the Savior at Christmastime did not eliminate the consequences of human sin and foolishness but opened a new way forward, so too the vision of Jack Campbell in “The Family Man” does not change his wasted last thirteen years but opens up the possibility of a very different future for [...]

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