Is Defunding the Police the Answer?

By |2020-06-22T10:04:04-05:00June 21st, 2020|Categories: American Republic, Community, John Horvat, Justice, Order, Politics|

America needs moral restoration. Without it, society just goes from bad to worse, chasing doomed utopian ideas like defunding the police, and redirecting funds to leftist groups that hate and subvert the traditional family. Trying to solve the problem of policing without moral regeneration and the rebuilding of our families, communities, and Church is [...]

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. [...]

The Cigar, a Sacred Companion

By |2020-05-09T18:15:42-05:00May 7th, 2020|Categories: Community, Culture|

I encourage those who smoke to light a cigar in solitude or with a band of brothers. Recite a poem out loud or in the confines of your soul. Rejoice, reflect, and ponder over the mystery of our faith in Jesus Christ. What is a cigar to a man if not a sacred companion? [...]

Wine, Poetry, and Community-Building

By |2020-04-28T16:43:45-05:00April 28th, 2020|Categories: Community, Culture, Love, Poetry|

Reading poems about home and community is well and good, but this does not itself build community. Drinking a few glasses of wine and reciting a poem in good company, however, can. Community is simply home more broadly understood. And, although home is not always a location, its psychological contours can be, and indeed [...]

Forces of Nature: Reflections on COVID-19, My Mother, and Life

By |2020-03-23T14:42:19-05:00March 23rd, 2020|Categories: Community, Coronavirus, Culture, Nature, Wisdom|

If you’re feeling threatened by disease, I want you to know that many people the world over have felt that way for many centuries and they nonetheless held fast, carried on as best they were able, and rejoiced whenever they could. So, here’s what I think of the current COVID-19 situation: Be mentally, emotionally, [...]

Roger Scruton on America, the Nation-State, & the Responsibility of Intellectuals

By |2020-02-09T23:54:00-06:00February 9th, 2020|Categories: Community, Nationalism, Roger Scruton|

It is hard to imagine how this country will recover from the hostility and political polarization that now define it without rediscovering a “pre-political loyalty," as Sir Roger Scruton called it, "towards something higher, something that is shared between all the citizens, regardless of their political beliefs and inclinations: the nation." With Roger Scruton’s passing [...]

Plato on Wealth, Poverty, and the Conditions of Happiness

By |2020-01-06T17:39:58-06:00December 29th, 2019|Categories: Community, Conservatism, Plato, Political Philosophy, Politics, Rights|

At least since the time of the ancient philosopher Plato, private property rights have posed challenges to those aspiring to craft a just political society. During the nascent years of American civilization, the Pilgrim settlers of the New Plymouth Plantation followed a partly Platonic model of a commonwealth. The survival of their settlement, they [...]

Why America Is in Decline… and What to Do About It

By |2019-12-15T20:40:41-06:00December 15th, 2019|Categories: American Republic, Community, Education, Journalism, Western Civilization|

A nation-state as old, and as large in territory, as the United States will experience in its old-age problems we associate with the elderly: loss of memory, preference for the past, reliance on creaky institutions that no longer work, limited income, and questions about the future. Our Constitution has logged 230 years since it was [...]

The Unexamined Life

By |2019-12-15T20:38:29-06:00December 15th, 2019|Categories: Civilization, Community, Compassion, Culture, George Stanciu, Philosophy, Senior Contributors, Socrates|

Twenty-four centuries after his death, the words of Socrates can still unsettle an attentive listener. However, before we can understand his most famous dictum, we must clear away who we are not to grasp who we are—something only done when we are grounded in the fundamental relationships that are universal to humankind. Probably, the [...]