Are Any Jobs Really “Non-Essential”?

By |2020-04-06T16:03:31-05:00April 6th, 2020|Categories: American Republic, Coronavirus, Economics, Labor/Work|

The massive impact of the coronavirus has led to more than half of U.S. states imposing lockdown restrictions on social contact and gathering. Many states have also ordered closure of all “nonessential businesses.” The problem of course, is what defines an “essential worker.” The massive impact of the coronavirus has led to more than [...]

T-Rexit: Is the EU Evolving Towards its Own Extinction?

By |2020-04-06T15:51:45-05:00April 6th, 2020|Categories: Conservatism, Coronavirus, Europe, Government, Joseph Pearce, Politics, Senior Contributors|

When nations under the European Union close their borders to protect their people from the coronavirus, the pomposity of the EU is exposed. This is a telling sign that its serpentine grip on its empire is slipping. On April 2, the Court of Justice of the European Union, the EU’s “supreme court,” ruled that [...]

The End of Decadence?

By |2020-04-05T13:10:44-05:00April 5th, 2020|Categories: Books, Coronavirus, Culture, Western Civilization|

Will our own age of decadence collapse with this novel coronavirus? Ross Douthat, in “The Decadent Society,” foreshadows rather prophetically, not knowing at the time of its printing, that this possibility could arise. As I approach the second week of my 14-day quarantine, due to possible COVID-19 infection upon detachment from my previous military [...]

Are We Ready for the Leftwing Virus?

By |2020-04-05T12:52:07-05:00April 5th, 2020|Categories: American Republic, Coronavirus, Donald Trump, Liberalism, Politics, Progressivism, Republicans|

Many Americans agree that something hasn’t smelled right about this pandemic from the beginning, something in the air that smacks of calculated panic and political engineering. The coronavirus will pass, God willing, but perhaps in its place will come another disease—the relentless leftwing virus. Donald J. Trump has been criticized and condemned for calling [...]

Homer’s “Odyssey” and What It Means to Be Human

By |2020-04-04T15:31:35-05:00April 4th, 2020|Categories: Books, Coronavirus, Gleaves Whitney, Great Books, Greek Epic Poetry, Homer, Imagination, Literature, Odyssey, W. Winston Elliott III|

As we are forced into isolation and confronted by our mortality in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we begin to ask ourselves an important question: What does it mean to be human? Gleaves Whitney, Director of Grand Valley State University’s Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies, and Winston Elliott III, The Imaginative Conservative’s Publisher and [...]

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. [...]

Finding the Center

By |2020-04-02T15:30:26-05:00April 2nd, 2020|Categories: Coronavirus, Glenn Arbery, Imagination, Literature, Poetry, Senior Contributors, Wyoming Catholic College|

No one knows what will happen with COVID-19—whether it will spread and peak and go away, or whether it will stay around for years, even centuries, as the plague did in Europe. It is good nonetheless to remember that true culture arises out of the joy and beauty we find anyway in the midst [...]

Is the Current Crisis Really “Unprecedented”?

By |2020-03-30T16:07:31-05:00March 30th, 2020|Categories: American Republic, Coronavirus, Economics, Politics|

In our age of clickbait and hyperbole, people call things “unprecedented” that are not unprecedented at all. Public officials shamelessly brag that the nation’s recent economic growth is unequaled. (It’s not.) Broadcasters breathlessly report that today’s anxiety over the stock market is unheard of. (Actually the number of suicides after the Crash of 1929 [...]

When the Panic Becomes Policy, Wisdom Must Step In

By |2020-03-29T17:45:42-05:00March 29th, 2020|Categories: Coronavirus, Economics, Imagination, John Horvat, Josef Pieper, Moral Imagination, Philosophy, Politics, Wisdom|

When set in motion, panic does not care what is in the way of its mad flight. All must be sacrificed—economy, society, and even worship—in the name of irrational fear. Moreover, it proves difficult to stop. What is missing in our reaction to the coronavirus pandemic is wisdom. In the face of the coronavirus [...]

The COVID-19 Crisis: The Need to Balance Public Health & Economic Stability

By |2020-03-28T19:24:05-05:00March 28th, 2020|Categories: Coronavirus, Donald Trump, Gleaves Whitney, Presidency|

Who’s right, the public health officials or the economists? That’s the question we are tempted to ask. But in this pandemic, it’s the wrong question. Both sides are right. Franklin D. Roosevelt had his Great Depression. George W. Bush had his Great Recession. And Donald J. Trump has his Great Pandemic. Over the past weeks, [...]