What Is “Systemic Racism”?

By |2020-07-13T01:00:50-05:00July 12th, 2020|Categories: American Republic, Civilization, Equality, Joseph Pearce, Modernity, Politics, Senior Contributors, Social Institutions|

It is no doubt true, of course, that racism still exists in individuals in police departments and other institutions, but it does so in spite of the systemic anti-racism which does exist and not because of the systemic racism which doesn’t. The real problem is that those who cry loudest about systemic racism are [...]

How Ray Bradbury Predicted 2020

By |2020-07-06T16:33:02-05:00July 7th, 2020|Categories: American Republic, Bradley J. Birzer, Community, Literature, Modernity, Ray Bradbury, Senior Contributors|

In Ray Bradbury’s understanding, the government might very well be wicked and evil, but it would always follow the lead of the Masses and become their tool, rather than the other way around. I’ve been reading the works of Ray Bradbury since grade school. Probably like many of my generation, I was introduced to [...]

Three Things to Ponder This Fourth of July

By |2020-07-03T14:40:09-05:00July 3rd, 2020|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Culture, Independence Day, John Horvat, Modernity|

In times of crisis like our own, thoughts about the meaning of life have a chance to appear. As our success and prosperity slowly end, these thoughts can provide us with the material to ponder. This Fourth of July, let us observe the holiday by pondering our uncertain future. This Fourth of July is [...]

The Roots and Dangers of Pride and Envy

By |2020-06-29T13:22:54-05:00June 29th, 2020|Categories: Books, Christianity, Dante, Dwight Longenecker, Louis Markos, Modernity, Senior Contributors|

Together, the corrupting sins of pride and envy destroyed the democracies of ancient Athens and Rome. But what lies at the root of these two greatest of sins? And is there any remedy or antidote that can cure us, and our society, once we give way to them? Fr. Dwight Longenecker’s “Immortal Combat” offers [...]

“The Decadent Society” & the Summer of Our Discontent

By |2020-06-28T13:29:05-05:00June 28th, 2020|Categories: American Republic, Books, Christianity, Civilization, Culture, Dwight Longenecker, Modernity, Senior Contributors|

In “The Decadent Society,” Ross Douthat’s definition of decadence reaches more deeply into the underlying causes of our present rot. Is American society sick, sclerotic, sterile, and stagnant, as he suggests? The Decadent Society: How We Became the Victims of Our Own Success, by Ross Douthat (272 pages, Avid Reader Press, 2020) There is [...]

Canceling Father Moloney

By |2020-06-26T17:34:47-05:00June 26th, 2020|Categories: Catholicism, Christianity, David Deavel, Equality, Modernity, Politics, Senior Contributors|

It really did not matter that Fr. Daniel Moloney’s letter, which condemned police brutality and any kind of racism, was a model of balance and a call for all people to seek mercy, justice, and reconciliation. What mattered was that he had not repeated the dogmatic utterances of a secular religion. He had to [...]

Cancel Yale and Rename It “Dummer University”

By |2020-06-25T16:07:13-05:00June 25th, 2020|Categories: Education, Modernity, Politics, Slavery|

I think every right-thinking individual should get behind the #CancelYale movement. And lest anyone complain that such movements are merely negative, that they cancel but do not replace with something new, I want to accompany #CancelYale with a concrete, positive suggestion: #DummerUniversity. I see that #CancelYale is trending on Twitter and elsewhere in social [...]

Revolutions: 2020 vs. 1776

By |2020-06-24T15:37:26-05:00June 24th, 2020|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Bradley J. Birzer, Declaration of Independence, History, Modernity, Revolution, Senior Contributors|

The revolutionaries of 1776 could be just as violent as those of 2020, but they were truly a lot more intelligent and interesting. Eighteenth-century Americans fought with several generations worth of finely-honed arguments—from law, from experience, and from scripture, whereas the protestors of 2020, while armed with anger, seem armed with little else. In [...]

On Conversations, Poisonous Mushrooms, & Taking Ourselves too Seriously

By |2020-06-22T16:41:41-05:00June 22nd, 2020|Categories: Intelligence, Modernity, Natural Law, Philosophy, Reason, Truth|

The natural laws that the academics and intellectuals have for centuries been trying to think and feel out of existence, the laws undergirding all of reality, do not kowtow to the thoughts and actions of mere human beings. They continue to inform reality and will overwhelm anyone who does not bow to them, as [...]

The Catholic School in the Pluralist Polis

By |2020-06-20T16:52:04-05:00June 20th, 2020|Categories: Catholicism, Culture, Education, Modernity, Religion, Truth, Worldview|

A traditional liberal arts curriculum elevates the tastes, ennobles the sentiments, and orders the mind to truth: Socratic questioning forces critical reflection on the content and coherency of one’s ideas; a vigorous and integrated life of grace and prayer keeps the mind and heart strong, pure, integrated, and focused on Jesus Christ. Yet to [...]

Poetry as a Form of Life

By |2020-06-19T14:19:42-05:00June 19th, 2020|Categories: Art, Beauty, Culture, Literature, Modernity, Poetry, Virtue, Writing|

The poet’s power is a power to disclose, extol, and communicate the sanctity of experience, protecting it from the ordinary disorientation of the quotidian. The poet calls attention to the ordinary patterns of human life, and is a call to contentment, that rarest of achievements. To attribute to poetry such power is to ascribe [...]

Myth: The Door to the Transcendent

By |2020-06-19T14:09:02-05:00June 19th, 2020|Categories: Art, Culture, Fiction, Modernity, Myth|

Throughout history, cultures have always developed fantastical tales of heroes and gods and monsters and demons. Whether they are tales of the Greek Pantheon, Norse gods, or modern-day superheroes, these tales grasp the imagination and transport the hearer to a different realm full of possibility. The question then arises in my mind: Are these [...]