Some Covidious Thoughts for the New Year

By |2020-12-31T11:27:57-06:00January 1st, 2021|Categories: Coronavirus, Joseph Pearce, Senior Contributors|

As we begin this covidious New Year, we should ponder certain questions with great care: Is “staying safe” really so important that we embrace slavery? If it is really a choice between safety or serfdom, which should we choose? Generally speaking, I have avoided commenting publicly on the current pandemic and the political and cultural [...]

Conservative Skepticism and the Pandemic

By |2020-12-29T20:06:20-06:00December 29th, 2020|Categories: American Republic, Coronavirus, David Deavel, Economics, Politics, Senior Contributors, Timeless Essays|

Conservatives tend to be skeptical about the doom-and-gloom scenarios that are being presented as absolute certainties unless the country as a whole is essentially shut down for months. Many have called us “deniers” or accused us of valuing money over human life. But I believe that this skepticism is both eminently reasonable and will [...]

Coronavirus and Science Fiction: Dying With Drama

By |2020-12-18T16:20:56-06:00December 18th, 2020|Categories: Bradley J. Birzer, Coronavirus, Death, Literature, Senior Contributors|

In the year 793, Catholic monks made the following report, all of it disturbing: In this dire year portents appeared over Northumbria and sorely frightened the people. They consisted of immense whirlwinds and flashes of lightning, and fiery dragons were seen flying in the air. A great famine immediately followed those signs, and a [...]

Don’t Overwater the Pods

By |2020-11-06T15:26:09-06:00November 12th, 2020|Categories: Coronavirus, Education, Liberal Learning|

Ad hoc arrangements like “pandemic pods” have proven to be important for many children and their families this school year. Policies that push back against bullying public school systems and teacher unions are important, but for educational choice to truly become a feature of America’s K-12 educational landscape—and not a novelty—requires not only political [...]

The Age of the Mask

By |2020-10-16T11:38:24-05:00October 18th, 2020|Categories: Coronavirus, Culture, Humor, Modernity|

During this “age of the mask,” are we on the verge of becoming a people who ritualistically carry masks with us wherever we go? Will it perhaps become generally understood that the wise person always keeps two masks with him at all times? Now that we have seemingly settled into the “age of the [...]

Properly Political Scientists: The Great Barrington Declaration

By |2020-10-13T12:57:24-05:00October 14th, 2020|Categories: Coronavirus, David Deavel, Economics, Politics, Science, Senior Contributors|

Science does not give us all the answers. When it comes to forming policy, there are no technocratic answers. The Great Barrington Declaration is a sensible statement by a group of scientists daring to stand against the “consensus” of experts. It is based not merely on science but on prudent thought based on a [...]

Life Is Risky Business

By |2020-09-14T15:04:08-05:00September 14th, 2020|Categories: Civil Society, Coronavirus, David Deavel, Freedom|

Life entails taking risks. The failure to see that seems to be behind the readiness of so many adults in our society to accept what seem to me to be criminal limitations on our economic and social freedoms in the name of security. If there is anything I do not wish to write about anymore, [...]

Another Lockdown? For the Sake of Our Health, No!

By |2020-08-18T17:02:55-05:00August 18th, 2020|Categories: American Republic, Civilization, Community, Coronavirus, David Deavel, Economics, Senior Contributors|

The idea that a second lockdown, more severe than the first and on a national basis, would not cause more damage than it prevents is sheer fantasy. COVID poses health risks to a particular portion of the population. Lockdowns pose a risk to everybody—both economically and physically. Many people have talked about the death [...]

The Stunning Triumph of Thomas Hobbes in the COVID Crisis

By |2020-08-14T11:35:51-05:00August 16th, 2020|Categories: American Republic, Community, Coronavirus, Government, John Horvat, Leviathan, Politics|

Thomas Hobbes’ morbid outlook holds that there are no goods higher than material success and life. People are reduced to the mediocrity of their whims and desires. The COVID-19 disaster represents the triumph of the Leviathan nightmare. People used to face challenges and risks to obtain higher goals in life. They understood that there [...]

Our Culture Is Attempting Suicide

By |2020-08-12T13:01:25-05:00August 12th, 2020|Categories: Christianity, Community, Coronavirus, Culture, Death, Modernity|

In the Western world today many people, especially among the elites, are quite willing to forfeit community life, while others are actively working to destroy it. We are witnessing—perhaps even unthinkingly participating in—the suicide of our culture. When I read the news headline, it suddenly all seemed clear. The story reported that new positive [...]

Is the End of the American Office a Good Thing?

By |2020-08-02T15:25:25-05:00August 2nd, 2020|Categories: Community, Coronavirus, John Horvat, Modernity, Social Order|

As the coronavirus lockdowns stretch into months, the apparent success of the remote-work experiment is fraying at the edges. Lack of personal contact has worsened the situation of an already polarized and fragmented society, and the idea that everything can be made virtual has been proven a myth. As the lockdowns swept the nation, [...]

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