“Notes from Underground” in Lockdown and Isolation

By |2020-06-10T22:57:21-05:00June 10th, 2020|Categories: Books, Civil Society, Coronavirus, Fiction, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Imagination, Literature|

The fear of the coronavirus allows our governing bodies to keep us in isolation and the consequences of our permitting this act are more pernicious than we can imagine. Fyodor Dostoevsky’s “Notes from Underground” has never appeared less fictional. And why are you so firmly, so triumphantly, convinced that only the normal and the [...]

Is Becoming Finland the Way Out of Our Polarized Mess?

By |2020-06-08T16:07:10-05:00June 8th, 2020|Categories: American Republic, Books, Civil Society, John Horvat, Politics, Secession|

American Secession: The Looming Threat of a National Breakup, F.H. Buckley (184 pages, Encounter Books, 2020) In polarized America, many believe that the sad state of the Union has reached the point of a serious threat of secession. It is a topic of great affliction for those who do not wish to see the [...]

Assaulted and Vilified, the Police Save the Cities

By |2020-06-09T09:19:00-05:00June 2nd, 2020|Categories: Civil Society, Pat Buchanan, Rule of Law|

When rioting, looting, and arson erupted, and attacks on police began, the liberal leadership of America's cities and states sat morally and politically paralyzed. Liberals may equate the term "law and order" with racism, but without law and order, there is no justice and no peace. On the fifth night of rioting, looting and arson [...]

Understanding Genes, Decadence, and the Decline of Empires

By |2020-06-01T13:59:14-05:00June 1st, 2020|Categories: Charles Murray, Civil Society, Civilization, Culture|

We have become victims of our very success in producing a comfortable life so that nothing new seems worth much further effort. The United States and the West might even be as decadent as was ancient Rome, which managed decline for centuries. Why not the United States too? Everyone on the right seems to [...]

If Only Progressives Could Learn to Think Small

By |2020-05-23T22:55:24-05:00May 28th, 2020|Categories: Civil Society, Community, Conservatism, Government, Wendell Berry|

Nostalgia for the smaller face-to-face societies of the past is common to both progressives and conservatives. There was a time, whether it was 100 years ago or 10,000, when relationships between people were more meaningful, families lived more in harmony with nature, and communities worked together to care for the young and the needy. [...]

Magnanimity: The Balm for Our Brutalized Public Discourse

By |2020-05-15T15:28:23-05:00May 15th, 2020|Categories: Civil Society, Love, Stephen M. Klugewicz|

Every man is his own pope and philosopher-king on the Internet, where our semi-formed and semi-informed opinions are cast as absolutes. Convinced of our perfect knowledge and infallible righteousness, we denounce and demean in harsh, uncharitable terms the arguments of others, and even their very persons. “Minds are conquered not by arms, but by love [...]

A Republic If You Can Keep It: Religion, Civil Society, & America’s Founding

By |2020-06-22T12:07:33-05:00May 9th, 2020|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Civil Society, Morality, Religion, Virtue|

Though civil libertarians rightly point out the dangers of an unchecked government, they blissfully ignore the dangers of an unchecked, unrestrained populace. It is thus worthwhile to return to the founders and examine what role they desired religion and morality to play in their new Republic. The story goes that as Benjamin Franklin departed [...]

Moving Toward Dread Conformity

By |2020-04-10T11:06:40-05:00April 8th, 2020|Categories: Books, Bradley J. Birzer, Civil Society, Civilization, Conservatism, Robert Nisbet, Senior Contributors|

In 1953, Robert Nisbet published “The Quest for Community,” a book that reveals to us that our own quest has become something both natural and unnatural. That is, it is natural to desire to belong, but it is horrifically unnatural in the ways we choose to commune. 1953 was a banner year for the [...]

When the Pandemic Is Over, Will We Be the Same America?

By |2020-04-03T01:06:50-05:00April 3rd, 2020|Categories: Civil Society, Coronavirus, Pat Buchanan, Politics|

The coronavirus crisis seems to be one of those epochal events that alter the character of the country and the course of the republic. You can't go home again. The shattering events of March, followed by what is coming in April and May, will have lasting impacts on the hearts and minds of this generation. [...]

Building American Institutions During a Cultural Crisis

By |2020-03-29T18:36:22-05:00March 29th, 2020|Categories: Books, Civil Society, Conservatism, Culture War, Social Institutions|

In his latest book, Yuval Levin presents irrefutable evidence of America’s weakening attachment to its core institutions of family, community, voluntary associations, religions, and political parties. His goal, however, is to move beyond today’s ideological culture war and show how commitment to institutions puts us on an edifying path to belonging, social status, personal [...]

The Shire and Pestilence: A Fairytale

By |2020-03-27T17:23:35-05:00March 27th, 2020|Categories: Civil Society, Economics, Fiction, Imagination, Joseph Pearce, Senior Contributors|

Once upon a time there was a beautiful land that called itself the Shire. Its people were happy. They lived and worked on their own small pieces of land, growing their own food and trading the surplus with their neighbours. Many of them were also craftsmen, making and fixing things so that everyone could [...]

Must We Kill the Economy to Kill the Virus?

By |2020-03-31T10:40:13-05:00March 24th, 2020|Categories: Civil Society, Coronavirus, Economics, Pat Buchanan|

Reports of folks in this heavily armed nation stocking up on guns and ammunition suggest a widespread apprehension of what may be coming. If the medical crisis is allowed to induce an economic crisis that leads to a social crisis, the American political system, our democratic system, may itself be severely tested. "We cannot let [...]

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