A New Homestead Act

By |2021-04-12T14:24:25-05:00April 15th, 2021|Categories: American Republic, Distributism, Economics|

Land and property ownership are no small matters for a Republic, and we can right the wrongs of the past by empowering American families with land. In the process, we can create a more just society based on distributist and Christian ideas that will strengthen the social fabric of the Republic. “America is really only [...]

Craftsmanship Can Save the World: The American College of Building Arts

By |2021-03-28T21:14:53-05:00March 28th, 2021|Categories: Architecture, Beauty, Joseph Pearce, Labor/Work, Senior Contributors, Timeless Essays|

The American College of the Building Arts (ACBA) is unlike any college that I know. Indeed it is the only school in the entire country offering a four-year degree in traditional craftsmanship. “Along with pens, paper, books, and computers, students here learn with trowels, chisels, hammers, and anvils,” writes Logan Ward in Garden & Gun. [...]

Building Back Better, You Say? It’s All About Scale

By |2021-03-19T11:13:00-05:00March 22nd, 2021|Categories: Architecture, Civilization, Culture, Economics|

With all the vexations of Covid-19, economic forces are undermining suburban life. The suburbs, tricked out as they were for incessant motoring, present a more tragic picture as we leave mass motoring behind: slums, salvage, ruins. But the good news is there is another way, and it’s a better way: the traditional town. In these [...]

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 prove [...]

“Action vs. Contemplation”: Busy Americans & Lockdowns

By |2020-12-11T16:31:35-06:00December 11th, 2020|Categories: Books, Culture, Labor/Work, Leisure|

For those facing another virus lockdown, the book “Action versus Contemplation” helps reframe the mind by revisiting the classic and ongoing dialectic between the contemplative life and the active life. Action versus Contemplation: Why an Ancient Debate Still Matters, by Jennifer Summit and Blakey Vermeule (256 pages, University of Chicago Press, 2018) “Action versus contemplation” [...]

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 broader [...]

Manzoni’s Political Economy

By |2020-10-06T11:19:30-05:00October 5th, 2020|Categories: Christianity, Community, David Deavel, Economics, Europe, Literature, Political Economy, Senior Contributors|

Alessandro Manzoni’s gift for seeing the humorous, pathetic, and anger-making aspects of a world in which justice is difficult to find ought to be more recognized. But it is no wonder that what attracts people are the faith, hope, and love that are both the hidden foundation and crown of political and economic life. Alessandro [...]

Bonapartism and the Populist Empire

By |2020-10-01T15:42:25-05:00October 1st, 2020|Categories: Economics, Europe, History, Populism, Revolution|

Under Louis Napoleon III, the Second French Empire was more successful than the first, and more successful than any political administration in France up to that point. An Empire focused on domestic order and growth had finally brought the liberty and prosperity that Republics and Monarchies had failed to achieve. How could such a successful [...]

Antifa: The Stormtroopers of Global Capitalism

By |2020-09-17T15:04:13-05:00September 20th, 2020|Categories: Capitalism, Economics, Joseph Pearce, Politics, Senior Contributors|

In seeking to undermine Donald Trump’s presidency, the Marxists and anarchists of Antifa and other groups are doing the dirty work of the richest and most powerful people in the world. Regardless of whether or not they know that this is what they are doing, Antifa are the stormtroopers of global capitalism. There was a [...]

Calvin Coolidge and the Rise of Modern Conservatism

By |2020-09-17T00:13:14-05:00September 17th, 2020|Categories: American Republic, Economics, Government, Mark Malvasi, Politics, Presidency, Senior Contributors|

Whatever respite or solace Calvin Coolidge may temporarily have conferred upon the nation, Americans during the 1920s could not keep the world from turning. The system of limited government and economic deregulation that he had cultivated was elegantly false and perilously flawed, carrying within it the seeds of its own dissolution. I. For an administration [...]

Fusionism Is Dead, Long Live Conservatism!

By |2020-09-09T16:10:56-05:00September 9th, 2020|Categories: American Republic, Community, Conservatism, Economics, Free Markets, Libertarians, Politics|

The fusionism of the past has been outmoded not due to some notion of progressive change but because the libertarian perspective it promotes is fundamentally flawed. Acknowledging the failure of fusionism is the first step to ensuring that conservatism may long endure. I recently had a rather extended debate with a libertarian-minded friend who expressed [...]

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 of [...]

Defund the Schools Instead of the Police?

By |2020-07-20T16:57:30-05:00July 20th, 2020|Categories: Civilization, Education, Liberalism, Modernity, Politics, Taxes|

If it’s time to “defund” the police department of Minneapolis, maybe it’s also time to “defund” the K-12 sector of what passes for public education in Minnesota. The idea is to fund parents instead. The radical idea of school choice will directly empower parents, which is something that defunding the police will not do. In [...]

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