Michael Warren Davis

About Michael Warren Davis

Michael Warren Davis is Editor-in-Chief of Crisis Magazine. Mr. Davis has served as U.S. Editor of the Catholic Herald and as an assistant editor for Quadrant. His writing has been published in The Salisbury Review and The University Bookman.

Poetry, Propaganda, and Political Standards

By |2014-10-06T08:30:35-05:00October 6th, 2014|Categories: Poetry, Politics|Tags: |

I recently reviewed Leo Yankevich’s latest collection, and only just read an interview with Mr. Yankevich given by the publisher, Counter-Currents. I stand by what praise I gave the volume, in spite of Mr. Yankevich’s own admission that “One of the central themes of…Tikkun Olam is the destructiveness of Jewish power.” Such connotations never once occurred [...]

Sea Changes by Derek Turner

By |2014-08-23T16:00:25-05:00August 23rd, 2014|Categories: Books|Tags: |

I regret that this review comes two years too late: Sea Changes was published in 2012, and better minds than my own already praised Mr. Turner’s first novel more deftly than I will be able to. Taki Theodoracopulos (whose ‘High Life’ article in The Spectator is the highlight of my post-church Sunday morning) called [...]

The Massachusetts Republican

By |2014-08-15T16:44:36-05:00August 17th, 2014|Categories: Poetry, Republicans|Tags: |

Thus spake the last of Boston’s Brahmin: “I place no stock in any faction Except those stalwarts of the Union And who prefer the Greek to Latin.” I. Mayor Nichols was well before my time. (He was, I read, a Swedenborgian; I’ve always thought that to be somewhat strange, Not that I would’ve held [...]

A Program for Distributists

By |2014-07-22T11:09:20-05:00June 28th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

No one really disagrees with Distributism, do they? No one would really prefer Wal*Mart to a family-owned general goods store, or McDonalds to the little pub down the street. We are just pulling the wool over our eyes if we think Distributism could actually happen, the anti-Distributist says. Well, look at it this way. [...]

John Stuart Mill Reconsidered

By |2020-05-19T13:36:20-05:00June 5th, 2014|Categories: Books, Conservatism, John Stuart Mill, Liberalism|Tags: |

John Stuart Mill may well serve as an invaluable ally in searching out the roots of our ancient Anglo-American order that guarantee liberty as it coexists with order, neither at the other’s expense. He has a great deal of compassion and insight we could benefit from immensely, and it would be to our own [...]

Márquez and Modernity

By |2014-05-13T14:35:54-05:00May 15th, 2014|Categories: Modernity, War|Tags: |

The death of Gabriel García Márquez gives Conservatives an occasion to reflect on the idea of Modernity. A thoughtful Conservatism unequivocally opposes the rise of Materialism—whether from a religious perspective, like Kirk and Eliot; a Humanist, like Babbitt and Santayana; or a Culturist, like Maurras and Arnold. A fixation with mundane material realities (consumerism, [...]

On Hell

By |2014-03-28T07:34:20-05:00March 25th, 2014|Categories: Christianity, Culture, Religion|Tags: |

Like every mortal, I often catch myself thinking about death. At times I wonder if I don’t more than most, but there’s no way to know for sure. It’s a frightening idea, and for Christians especially, because Hell always comes into the conversation. Hell is rather a poltergeist sort of terror—we assume it’s the [...]

Why I’m a Monarchist

By |2015-07-06T23:08:26-05:00March 13th, 2014|Categories: Monarchy, Politics|Tags: |

I would like to offer Mr. Rod Dreher a response to his recent article, “Among the Neoreactionaries”, as I’m afraid there aren’t many of them (perhaps us), and it would be no fun a’tall if the discussion wasn’t taken up by the someone with at least sympathy for the current of American reactionary ideology. [...]

The Traditionalist as Liberal

By |2019-09-10T17:11:44-05:00January 25th, 2014|Categories: C.S. Lewis, Christianity, Conservatism, Edmund Burke, G.K. Chesterton, Hilaire Belloc, Liberalism|Tags: |

Conservatives, or more specifically Traditionalists, find ourselves in the rather uncomfortable position of revering a group of men who espoused ideas that modern Traditionalists approach with immense reserve—namely, Liberalism and democracy. William Cobbett irritated the Tory government of William Pitt the Younger with his incessant calls for parliamentary and social reform, G.K. Chesterton and [...]

The Politics of Escapism

By |2016-04-30T23:49:14-05:00December 21st, 2013|Categories: Imagination, Politics|Tags: |

John Lennon, sly dog that he was, got one thing right: the power of imagination, especially young people’s imagination, is one of the most influential political agents in the world. Young people will slide flowers into the barrel of a National Guardsman’s rifle. Young people will stare down tanks in Tiananmen Square. Their elders [...]

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