John Horvat

John Horvat

About John Horvat

John Horvat II is a scholar, researcher, educator, international speaker, and author of the book Return to Order, as well as the author of hundreds of published essays. He lives in Spring Grove, Pennsylvania, where he is the vice president of the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property.

How the Left Gets America’s “Civil War” All Wrong

By |2019-12-08T22:04:17-06:00December 8th, 2019|Categories: Conservatism, Liberalism, Modernity, Politics, Progressivism|

For many progressives, the issue is clear: Americans hold conflicting views about what it means to be American; something must change lest the nation be torn asunder; inaction can trigger a massive civil war. Of course, history is neither as deterministic nor as simplistic as the left makes it out to be. The influential [...]

The Roots of American Polarization

By |2019-11-17T23:39:44-06:00November 17th, 2019|Categories: Civil Society, Morality, Relativism, Truth|

The afflictive thing about living in our polarized society is the terrifying thought that there is something permanent in our incompatibility with each other. No one desires the present unpleasantness. We sincerely wish that we could get along. However, most people want a quick fix. They want magic buttons to push that will make the [...]

What is the Meaning of ‘Modest Fashion Week’?

By |2019-11-03T20:09:41-06:00November 3rd, 2019|Categories: Civil Society, Civilization, Culture, Modernity|

Given the overwhelming rule of liberal fashion, modesty would seem a lost cause. Nonetheless, major fashion designers are returning to what was once considered a modern taboo: clothing that leaves more to the imagination, keeps hemlines down and little skin exposed. When you hear the term “modest fashion,” you think of clothing linked to [...]

How to Rediscover the Order of the Universe in a Postmodern World

By |2019-10-16T22:18:34-06:00October 16th, 2019|Categories: Beauty, Books, Culture, John Horvat, Modernity, Order|

There is an order of the universe. How refreshing are these words! They cause a certain joy, especially in our days of chaos. If an order exists, then God exists who is its Creator and source. We might then exclaim with the Psalmist how all creation gives glory to God and elevates our souls [...]

Woodstock 50: What Went Wrong Then and Now

By |2019-08-14T21:55:25-06:00August 14th, 2019|Categories: Culture, Culture War, History, Modernity, Music|

If America is polarized and directionless today, it is partly due to the cultural revolution that emanated from Woodstock. The solution is not to recreate Woodstock fifty years later, but to reject it as the cultural and moral disaster that it was. Woodstock represented what America would eventually become—a broken and dysfunctional society. It shows [...]

Why Liberalism’s Pantheon Failed

By |2019-06-23T18:45:31-06:00June 23rd, 2019|Categories: American Republic, Christianity, John Horvat, Liberalism, Politics|

For most of our history, the American liberal consensus held that the nation’s God was Christian. However, modernists undermined this consensus by welcoming in secular idols through the back door. They turned the temple into a pantheon. A great debate is raging among conservatives about the future of the movement. At stake is the [...]

500 Pastas: Why America Lacks a National Cuisine

By |2019-05-13T13:31:08-06:00May 13th, 2019|Categories: Culture, John Horvat, Tradition, Western Civilization|

Some American places have excellent local cuisines. However, the cultures that sustain them are dying, as they are in Italy with its pasta cuisine. We are losing our connection with the roots of cuisine because our culture is shattered, fragmented, and undermined by globalization. Paging through the food section of The Wall Street Journal, [...]

The Emptiness of the Coming Presidential Primaries

By |2019-04-21T22:16:39-06:00April 21st, 2019|Categories: Liberalism, Politics, Presidency, Senior Contributors|

Emptiness is defined negatively as the absence of something. It can involve structures which are not occupied or filled, as in empty bottles. Emptiness can refer to situations lacking reality, substance or meaning, as in empty pleasures. Actions can be empty when they have no consequences, as in empty gestures or threats. […]

The Real Digital Divide

By |2019-09-12T13:51:48-06:00April 16th, 2019|Categories: Civil Society, Community, Culture, Family|

There was a time, decades ago when the world was divided between those who were online and offline. Rich people could afford the shiny new gadgets that connected them with everyone. Poor people were left in an analog wasteland on the other side of the digital divide. Social justice warriors of the time demanded [...]

Real Families Don’t Need Government Programs

By |2019-09-05T14:36:00-06:00March 24th, 2019|Categories: Community, Family, Liberalism, Marriage, Politics, Tradition|

Studies confirm that traditional families result in less delinquency, criminality, illness, drug use, sexual promiscuity and stress. The best family policy is carried out by the family itself. Those who need the “family” aid offered by liberal policymakers are not truly “families.” As the next national elections loom on the horizon, many liberal candidates [...]

This is America’s New Face of Brutal Rage and Chaos

By |2019-02-17T23:10:03-06:00February 17th, 2019|Categories: Abortion, Civil Society, Order, Politics|

At some point this past month, America crossed a Rubicon that dramatically threw our society into a disorder manifested by the denial of reality and truth. However, the unmasking of disorder in all its hideousness has produced more intense longings for a return of a moral order by those who grieve for the nation and [...]