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.

The Mouse That Roared & Defeated Walmart

By |2018-07-24T10:02:47-05:00July 23rd, 2018|Categories: Economics, John Horvat, Social Order|

Everyone is taught to believe that gigantic retailers are the most efficient distributors of goods to the general public. Small stores may be able to fill tiny niches. They may be quaint and picturesque. However, only the gigantic retailers have the capital and economy of scale to offer everyday lower prices and variety to [...]

Mending Walls: Why Good Fences Make Good Neighbors

By |2019-03-05T14:53:05-05:00July 8th, 2018|Categories: Civil Society, Community, Immigration, John Horvat, Robert Frost, St. Thomas Aquinas|

The liberal rage against the border wall has much to do with the nature of boundaries. Walls, borders, and fences are manifestations of restraint. Fallen humanity naturally resists the restraints of order that keep the unbridled passions under control. Walls are needed to keep the peace… “Something there is that doesn’t love a wall,” [...]

Why Society Needs to Cultivate a True Elite Class

By |2019-03-11T14:42:21-05:00June 26th, 2018|Categories: Civil Society, Culture, John Horvat, Leadership, Social Order|

All healthy societies must have elites. The real question is: How do we cultivate true elites who will fully carry out their proper role in society? The problem with our present, meritocratic elites is that they do not know how to carry out these obligations… There was a time when the nation was ruled by [...]

Is Jordan Peterson One of Us? Two Conservatives Debate

By |2018-06-11T22:28:01-05:00June 11th, 2018|Categories: Books, Christianity, Culture, John Horvat, Philosophy|

For the past year-and-a-half, Jordan Peterson has become an unlikely hero to many conservatives and a fierce critic of the radical left’s ideological agenda. But is he really our friend, or simply the enemy of our enemy?… 12 Rules for Life by Jordan Peterson (409 pages, Random House, 2018) John Horvat II Jordan [...]

The Druids Return to Ireland

By |2018-05-29T00:10:54-05:00May 28th, 2018|Categories: Abortion, Catholicism, Christianity, Ireland|

The abortion referendum in Ireland is over, and many are devastated by the tragic outcome. Some now conclude that Ireland has surrendered to the secular European agenda. It has lost its Catholic identity. The progressives are now giddy with joy, proclaiming a new modern Ireland that has left behind the old. However, there is nothing [...]

A Message to Graduating Seniors: Graduate to a Higher Calling

By |2019-05-02T13:16:28-05:00May 24th, 2018|Categories: Character, Christianity, Community, Culture, Education, John Horvat|

While graduation should be a time of celebration, it should also be a time when young people are encouraged to ponder, discern, and “graduate” to that higher calling that corresponds to the desires of their restless hearts… It is that time of the year again when students graduate from their high schools and colleges. [...]

Can Jordan Peterson Lead Us to God?

By |2018-04-29T23:45:17-05:00April 29th, 2018|Categories: Books, Christianity, Culture, John Horvat|

In 12 Rules for Life, Jordan Peterson raises important questions about postmodern society and provides much-needed notions about responsibility and religion, but can he take you any further?… Jordan Peterson’s 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos is not an ordinary book. You like the fact that it attacks the prevailing politically-correct society and challenges people [...]

Applying the Principle of Subsidiarity to the Debt Crisis

By |2019-01-24T12:51:06-05:00April 1st, 2018|Categories: Christianity, Civil Society, Congress, Conservatism, Economics, Family, John Horvat, Politics, Virtue|

Until individuals, families, institutions, and government are restored to their proper roles, America will continue crashing through the debt ceiling… It is official: The national debt has now exceeded $21 trillion. The tragic news comes just six months after it hit $20 trillion last September 8. This problem is obviously not going away. By voting to [...]

A Christian Solution to the Tariff Question

By |2019-02-28T11:20:09-05:00March 19th, 2018|Categories: Christianity, Economics, Freedom, Politics, Uncategorized, Virtue|

Economics alone will not provide the answer to the tariff question. We need to address the superior side of man’s nature, which is spiritual. When this spiritual side is addressed, it guides and gives rise to political, social, cultural, and economic solutions in sync with human nature… As I watch the debate over tariffs, [...]

Why Liberalism Failed… and Can’t Be Fixed

By |2018-12-08T07:40:28-05:00March 4th, 2018|Categories: Books, Featured, John Horvat, Liberalism|

Patrick Deneen’s masterful study provides a compelling, clear, and scholarly analysis that helps people understand the failure of liberalism: It has failed because it has wildly succeeded beyond all expectations… Why Liberalism Failed by Patrick Deneen (248 pages, Yale University Press, 2017) Many commentators have observed that liberalism is coming apart.[1] The liberal order no [...]

When Will the Shooting Stop?

By |2018-02-26T21:12:21-05:00February 22nd, 2018|Categories: Christianity, John Horvat, Liberalism, Morality|

The gun control debate has reignited with the recent Florida shooting. Despite the passionate commentaries on all sides, no one seems to be able to answer the question of when the shootings will stop. As much as liberal media want to blame guns, police or government, this is a moral problem. It involves the [...]

How Evolution Means the Death of the Soul

By |2018-02-12T21:57:58-05:00February 12th, 2018|Categories: Christianity, Culture, John Horvat, Morality|

The premise that the soul does not exist has practical consequences in society. If there is no soul, then there is no final destination where evil is punished and good rewarded forever. Morality itself becomes irrelevant… Evolutionists rarely proclaim their incompatibility with Christianity so as not to alarm Christians. They will generally try to [...]

The Opioid Crisis: A Spiritual Solution

By |2018-01-18T17:11:28-05:00January 17th, 2018|Categories: Civil Society, Culture, Culture War, Ethics, John Horvat, Order, Secularism|

The abuse of opioids, like other addictions, stems from a profound spiritual problem deep inside the souls of countless Americans. But when people turn to the sublimity of heavenly things, they acquire the ability to overcome their frenetic appetites and look for spiritual solutions… An opioid crisis is devastating America. Every day, more than [...]

My New Year’s Resolution: Keep Sundays Internet-Free

By |2017-12-29T13:13:58-05:00December 28th, 2017|Categories: Christianity, Faith, Information Age, John Horvat, Science, Technology|

An Internet-free Sunday honors the Sabbath and allows us to leave our daily rat-race for at least one day, to ponder and prepare for the week ahead. It is a perfect occasion to visit and converse with others… Last year, I made a New Year’s resolution that I would make my Sundays Internet-free. It [...]