Jerry Salyer

Jerry Salyer

About Jerry Salyer

Jerry Salyer holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautics from Miami University and a Master of Arts from the Great Books Program of St. John’s College, Annapolis. A veteran of the US Navy, Mr. Salyer has navigated ships, deployed to the Persian Gulf, and served as an assistant security officer at the American naval base in Naples, Italy. He works as an educator and as a freelance writer.

“Prince Caspian” and Political Extremism

By |2019-10-15T12:21:48-06:00October 15th, 2019|Categories: Books, C.S. Lewis, Conservatism, Literature, Politics, Populism|

Those who object to globalism find themselves in a frustrating, even infuriating position, even now in the age of Brexit and Donald Trump. Three years after the 2016 votes were counted there is still no wall, Britain is still stuck in the EU, and an anonymous White House “adult in the room” has gotten [...]

Boyd Cathey’s “The Land We Love” as an Admonition to My Co-Religionists

By |2019-08-02T23:09:38-06:00August 2nd, 2019|Categories: American Republic, Catholicism, Christianity, Civil War, Politics, South, War|

Under advanced liberalism there is an expectation that anybody who so much as dares to speak civilly to or about any figure associated with the Confederacy is to be deemed persona non grata. For Catholics as Catholics, such sweeping and absolutist expectations are simply unacceptable. Forth from its scabbard, high in the air Beneath [...]

Philip K. Dick’s “The Pre-Persons”: Abortion & Dystopia

By |2019-07-26T10:47:35-06:00July 20th, 2019|Categories: Abortion, Culture, Fiction, Literature, Modernity|

Secular liberals can only celebrate Philip K. Dick’s writing by filtering and censoring it, for among other things, it includes an unambiguous, carefully argued, and strident attack upon the central liberal sacrament—abortion. Philip K. Dick From Amazon’s The Man In The High Castle to the Hollywood films like Blade Runner and Minority [...]

The Honorable Roger Scruton and His Enemies

By |2019-05-15T23:14:50-06:00May 15th, 2019|Categories: Books, Civil Society, Conservatism, Roger Scruton, Western Civilization|

I know of no more comprehensive and reflective summary of conservatism than Sir Roger Scruton's "Conservatism: An Invitation to the Great Tradition." We should not expect conservative establishmentarians on either side of the Atlantic to pay it much heed, though, for the author has now been pushed into the ranks of the untouchables. Conservatism: An [...]

Lord Acton and the American Civil War

By |2019-10-03T14:39:20-06:00February 7th, 2019|Categories: American Republic, Civil War, Classical Liberalism, History, John C. Calhoun, South|

Lord Acton believed that the wrong side won the American Civil War. Such a judgment could hardly be said to be a minor detail of someone’s historical worldview, yet this judgment has somehow been obscured… “Power tends to corrupt; absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Among Catholic students of political thought, few figures are more liable [...]

America’s Ship of Fools

By |2018-12-15T22:18:22-06:00December 15th, 2018|Categories: American Republic, Civil Society, Civilization, Faith, Government, Politics, Religion, Western Civilization|

Although somewhat overshadowed by the allegory of the Cave, the myth of the ring of Gyges, and other powerful images found in Plato’s Republic, the account of the ship of fools is still memorable and compelling. While Socrates—the Athenian philosopher and mentor of Plato—is discussing with his young friends the nature of justice and the [...]

What Did Thomas Aquinas Say About Citizenship & Immigration?

By |2019-06-27T12:47:34-06:00July 20th, 2018|Categories: American Republic, Catholicism, Immigration, Politics, St. Thomas Aquinas|

The danger today is not that too many are selectively and dishonestly quoting Thomas Aquinas to advance their own political agenda in ways that are unfaithful to his beliefs and intentions. The real point is that Christians have fallen into an appalling habit of censoring the very voices from the past that should be [...]

Making Britain Great Again: The “Deplorable” C.S. Lewis

By |2018-04-23T14:40:46-06:00April 10th, 2018|Categories: C.S. Lewis, Christian Humanism, Christianity, Faith, Family, Feminism, Sexuality|

Compared to today’s decidedly pragmatic US President, the tradition-minded Cambridge medievalist proves to be more exclusive and more provincial, for it is the creator of the beloved Narnia series who would resist tenaciously any attempt to flood his country with Norwegians, however law-abiding and productive. So before preaching the Benedict Option or crusading for pro-life feminism, let the [...]

“Revisions and Dissents”: Touching Upon Present and Past

By |2018-12-05T08:55:57-06:00June 27th, 2017|Categories: Conservatism, Edmund Burke, Featured, Paul Gottfried, Russell Kirk|

As Paul Gottfried explains in “Revisions and Dissents,” the real division between right and left cuts not between finance capitalists and welfare statists, but “between those who wish to preserve inherited communities and their sources of authority and those who wish to ‘reform’ or abolish these arrangements”… Complaints about Donald Trump’s “divisiveness” strike Paul [...]

Is the Alt-Right Anti-Christian?

By |2017-05-23T22:12:08-06:00May 23rd, 2017|Categories: Christianity, Culture, Government, Philosophy, Politics, Religion|

Any intelligent, substantive response to the Alt-Right must come from those who themselves stand cheerfully outside the bounds of respectable establishment discourse… Alain de Benoist Well before Hillary Clinton put a national spotlight on the Alt-Right with her “deplorables” speech, I was addressing the then-obscure movement and what it signifies for modern [...]

Balzac’s “The Human Comedy” and the Divine Light

By |2018-12-05T08:56:46-06:00May 1st, 2017|Categories: Art, Catholicism, Christianity, Economics, History, Literature|

To discover Honoré de Balzac is to discover a new world, one comparable to that envisioned by Shakespeare. If there is any lesson the collected works of this counter-revolutionary author hold for us, it is that the human comedy is best illuminated not by politics alone, but by the ineffable light of the divine… [...]