About James Baresel

James Baresel holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Cincinnati and a Master of Arts in Philosophy from Franciscan University of Steubenville and has taught English, Latin, religion, and the history of art at the high-school level.

The Crisis of the Humanities and Prospects for Revival

By |2017-04-03T01:28:53-05:00February 21st, 2017|Categories: Featured, Humanities, Liberal Learning, Russell Kirk|

The crisis in the humanities that we see today does not concern numbers so much as belief. A society dedicated to empiricism and utilitarianism is a society that does not recognize the superiority of philosophic knowledge, or the importance of the aesthetic… It is now a year-and-a-half since I had the opportunity to visit the [...]

Locating the Tory Tradition in American History

By |2019-10-30T13:35:35-05:00January 4th, 2017|Categories: American Founding, Christianity, Declaration of Independence, Featured, History, Revolution|

We ought to locate the basis of American conservatism in our colonial past, at a time when the English Tory variant of the old order of Europe had a real presence in our civilization, and we ought to remember that the old Tory order survived in the American historical tradition despite the Revolution of '76, [...]

Should Christians Romanticize the Middle Ages?

By |2020-07-26T13:15:21-05:00September 7th, 2016|Categories: Architecture, Catholicism, Distributism, Economics, G.K. Chesterton, Hilaire Belloc|

Many Catholics treat the High Middle Ages as a veritable ideal of civilization. But the medieval period produced problematic ideas about aesthetics, eccentric theories of economics, and dangerous assumptions about politics. Over a decade ago a then-acquaintance of mine inquired as to my economic views, my response being that I was “a distributist by default.” [...]

Does the Church Oppose the Free Market?

By |2016-08-29T16:24:30-05:00August 27th, 2016|Categories: Catholicism, Charity, Economics|

It’s quite easy to forgive those who experience an attack of nausea upon hearing the phrase “Catholic Social Thinking.” In light of the misuse from which that phrase has suffered over the past half-century alternative responses are all too likely to indicate either that a person has not been paying attention or is lacking in [...]

The Dilemma of the Conservative Artist

By |2019-05-30T10:31:05-05:00August 12th, 2016|Categories: Conservatism, Featured, Literature, T.S. Eliot|

Ask a conservative why conservatives tend to be underrepresented in the arts and the answer is likely to be “liberal bias.” Ask the same question in the artistic world and the answer may well be that good artists are more commonly liberals than conservatives. If we are looking at contemporary realities rather than the great [...]

Calling All the Young Fogies

By |2018-11-22T21:01:25-06:00July 28th, 2016|Categories: Conservatism, Featured, Tradition|

Looking into the life of a contemporary English writer, I happened upon a reference to the “young fogies” of 1980s England, an assortment of men then in their first decade or two of adult life who held to the most emphatic traditionalism in various cultural and aesthetic matters. Being not only of such inclinations myself, but [...]

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