How the Smart Set Was Wrong About Trump and the Unborn

By |2019-04-03T14:42:06-05:00April 3rd, 2019|Categories: Abortion, Conservatism, Culture War, Donald Trump, Politics|

President Trump recently took $60 million away from Planned Parenthood, the first president ever to do so. This and other unique pro-life initiatives of his turned my mind to certain claims made by the pro-life Smart Set back in those crazy days of the 2016 campaign. In March 2016, a group of old and very [...]

A Dangerous Conflation of Terms: “Anti-Israel” and “Anti-Semitic”

By |2019-03-11T00:32:08-05:00March 10th, 2019|Categories: Conservatism, Foreign Affairs, Israel, Joseph Mussomeli, Liberal, Politics|

Those who make too much of Representative Ilhan Omar’s statement, and who are happy to gain some short-term win by conflating legitimate concern over Israeli influence with anti-Semitism, run the risk of permanently connecting the two terms... I was sitting under a huge oak tree on my college campus reading a political science textbook when [...]

Tucker Carlson: A Buckley for Our Time?

By |2019-04-20T19:53:55-05:00March 5th, 2019|Categories: Books, Conservatism, Donald Trump, Politics|

  While Tucker Carlson’s rhetorical reach may not stretch as far and wide as William F. Buckley’s, Mr. Carlson evokes the same gaily combative spirit that young conservatives of the 1960s admired in the founder of National Review. The Bill Buckley of the paleoconservatives has arrived, and just in time for the Trump era. While [...]

Why Nationalism Won’t Save Us From Globalism

By |2019-01-21T11:45:34-05:00January 23rd, 2019|Categories: Conservatism, Nationalism, Politics, Populism|

This confused climate of massive global networks arrayed against isolated individuals favors the appearance of vague terms like nationalism and populism. People reason that if global networks and selfish, false elites are destroying the nation, they must naturally step back and restore the nation-state to its rightful place in the hearts and minds of citizens... [...]

The Sirens of Certainty

By |2019-01-25T14:51:08-05:00January 22nd, 2019|Categories: Christendom, Christianity, Conservatism, Culture, Dwight Longenecker, Modernity, Religion, Senior Contributors, Tradition|

The sirens tempted unwary sailors towards the rocks with their enchanting song and alluring loveliness. They often stand for the lusts of the flesh, but their destructive allure perhaps more powerfully stands for the seductive enchantment of primitivism, fundamentalism, and restorationism. […]

Tucker Carlson: The New G.K. Chesterton?

By |2019-04-20T19:52:57-05:00January 17th, 2019|Categories: Christian Humanism, Conservatism, G.K. Chesterton, Populism|

Rather than being condemned as a manipulative populist feeding the people’s paranoia, Tucker Carlson should be commended for asking us to reconsider the first principles of conservatism, and for addressing the same ideas that G.K Chesterton also believed to be a threat to society: materialism, imperialism, feminism, and progressivism... Responding to Mitt Romney’s op-ed in [...]

The Tower of Babel and Charles Péguy’s Defeatist Optimism

By |2019-01-15T21:43:51-05:00January 15th, 2019|Categories: Christian Humanism, Conservatism, Freedom, History, Hope, Politics|

Latent in the seeds of all social movements, Charles Péguy asserted, are invariably good intentions: altruism, the common good, solidarity, or perhaps the search for truth. Why, then, must they all end in politics? One of the most influential public intellectuals of the French belle époque, Charles Péguy, had every reason to be weary of [...]

T.S. Eliot’s “The Fire Sermon”: Of Memory & Salvation

By |2019-01-13T21:57:22-05:00January 13th, 2019|Categories: Conservatism, Great Books, Modernity, Poetry, T.S. Eliot, Timeless Essays|

T.S. Eliot reminds us that the answers to our soul’s depravity are all around us, in our collective culture—the books we read, the places we inhabit, the music we listen to—but also that culture can only survive if we remember it and keep it alive... Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers [...]

What Does the War on English Fox Hunting Mean for America?

By |2019-01-10T13:32:02-05:00January 10th, 2019|Categories: Civil Society, Community, Conservatism, Culture, Tradition|

The recent English controversy over the banning of fox hunting has ramifications that go to the heart of the future of the United States. If there are two Englands, rural and urban, there are two Americas also, the red heartland and the blue coastal fringes. The traditional heart of America is threatened by the radical fringe... [...]

Conversations on Christian Humanism

By |2019-01-06T13:39:27-05:00January 6th, 2019|Categories: Books, Christian Humanism, Conservatism, Liberal Learning|

Christians, in alliance with believing Jews and even virtuous pagans, must sanctify the world through the Grace of God. For men of good will to fight amongst themselves squanders precious time and resources, and it leaves the field to the Enemy... As I noted in my previous essay on Christian Humanism, Gleaves Whitney first introduced me—at least [...]

The Coming Decline of Fox News

By |2019-03-17T14:45:32-05:00January 1st, 2019|Categories: Conservatism, Culture War, Journalism, Republicans|

Rupert Murdoch In August of last year, I published my observations under the header “FoxNews Moving Leftward” about what we can now call the “maturing” of Rupert Murdoch’s media empire.[1] Even earlier, on January 27, 2017, I observed that “the octogenarian Rupert Murdoch and sons, Lachlan and James, have achieved a balance of [...]

Meeting Christian Humanism

By |2018-12-26T22:07:14-05:00December 26th, 2018|Categories: Bradley J. Birzer, Christian Humanism, Conservatism, Culture War|

One of the things that I have, blessedly, never taken for granted is how many astounding intellects, diverse personalities, and creative persons I’ve encountered in my life. I don’t know what I did to deserve such interactions, but I’m both humbled and inspired by it all. As I’ve had the chance to note several [...]