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.

George Orwell On Populism, Patriotism, & Veiled Censorship

By |2021-01-26T13:58:06-06:00January 31st, 2021|Categories: George Orwell, Patriotism, Politics, Populism|

Christians can respect George Orwell even if we cannot fully claim him. But “woke” progressives have no logical choice but to repudiate the secular liberal icon altogether for his skepticism toward egalitarianism, globalism, and political correctness. However he may feel about it, no honest and perceptive person will deny that the Overton window of acceptable [...]

“A Primer on the Right” and 21st-Century Politics

By |2021-01-04T18:38:16-06:00January 4th, 2021|Categories: Books, Politics|

Robert Salyer’s “A Primer on the Right” lays out the implicit foundational principles for the modern Right and Left. Whether or not the reader agrees with his definition, it is surely in everyone’s interest that we think more seriously about the fundamental divides which mark 21st-century politics. A Primer on the Right: The Challenge of [...]

Lessons From the American South for Healing Our Nation

By |2020-12-18T09:43:43-06:00December 17th, 2020|Categories: Civil War, South|

After the War Between the States, there was a conscious effort at reconciliation on the part of many in both North and South. This postbellum reconciliation has mostly unraveled, in no small part thanks to conservative establishmentarians who for years have refused to raise a peep—or, in many cases, collaborated—during the leftist campaign against Southern [...]

Was the Civil War Only About Slavery?

By |2020-06-14T17:26:12-05:00June 14th, 2020|Categories: American Republic, Books, Civil War, History, Slavery, War|

As Samuel W. Mitcham, Jr. rightly points out in his new book, there is no denying that there were other questions besides the issue of slavery energizing the air prior to the War Between the States, questions which cannot be entirely trivialized. It Wasn’t About Slavery: Exposing the Great Lie of the Civil War, by [...]

The “Deplorable” G.K. Chesterton

By |2020-06-12T14:00:51-05:00January 2nd, 2020|Categories: Character, Conservatism, G.K. Chesterton, Politics, Sainthood|

Many scholars, heroes, and even martyrs among great Christian figures have either been forgotten or “sanitized” to meet modern standards. Others, like G.K. Chesterton, have simply become “deplorable”—i.e., utterly unacceptable to contemporary sensibilities. Is Mr. Ahlquist correct in deeming Chesterton a saint whom we might pray to rather than for? I leave that question up to [...]

The Paleoconservative Eminence? Cardinal Sarah On Identity, Nationality, & Roots

By |2019-12-29T00:31:24-06:00December 28th, 2019|Categories: Books, Civilization, Conservatism, Politics, Western Civilization|

Though counter-globalist, Cardinal Robert Sarah’s “The Day Is Now Far Spent” is not anti-Western, but is an emphatic rejection of liberal anthropology—which strikes him as blasphemous, positing a decontextualized individual, one who needs neither family nor neighbor nor even God Almighty. The Day Is Now Far Spent, by Cardinal Robert Sarah (385 pages, Ignatius Press, [...]

“Prince Caspian” and Political Extremism

By |2019-11-26T09:44:19-06:00October 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 away [...]

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

By |2020-11-19T09:38:19-06:00August 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 Virginia’s [...]

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

By |2019-07-26T10:47:35-05:00July 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 Report, [...]

The Honorable Roger Scruton and His Enemies

By |2020-02-26T11:15:28-06:00May 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 |2019-10-03T14:39:20-05:00February 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 to [...]

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 ideal [...]

What Did Thomas Aquinas Say About Citizenship & Immigration?

By |2019-12-09T16:42:58-06:00July 20th, 2018|Categories: American Republic, Catholicism, Citizen, Citizenship, 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 helping [...]

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

By |2021-04-27T11:04:02-05:00April 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 [...]

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