Aristotle Contra Mundum: The Woke Come for the Philosopher

By |2020-09-19T16:13:20-05:00September 19th, 2020|Categories: Aristotle, Christianity, Equality, Great Books, Liberalism, Politics, Virtue|

Professor Agnes Callard is admirable in her unwillingness to cancel Aristotle. In light of recent events, she might find his views are not so much prejudiced as they are realistic, and, on that note, timeless, unlike the egalitarian utopias which liberals are always chasing. The philosopher had a disposition toward the world around him [...]

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 [...]

Madison’s “Extended Republic” and the Culture Wars

By |2020-09-16T13:58:33-05:00September 16th, 2020|Categories: American Republic, Culture War, Government, James Madison, Politics|

Centering our national politics on the culture wars is unhelpful because in the end it simply is not cut out for this. The optimal jurisdictional sphere for resolving many of our cultural battles will be localities, not states. Localities must be empowered boldly to operate and experiment within the immense gray areas that the [...]

Tocqueville and a New Science of Politics

By |2020-09-14T11:33:29-05:00September 15th, 2020|Categories: Alexis de Tocqueville, American Republic, Bradley J. Birzer, Democracy, Democracy in America, Politics, Senior Contributors|

According to Tocqueville, a new political science must account for both the immediate and the universal, the moment and the eternal. When we fail to understand the choice that God has given us with democracy—that is, a science to guide, attenuate, and hone democracy—the baser instincts will rise to the fore. Tocqueville breaks his [...]

The Specter Haunting Marxism

By |2020-09-14T14:20:46-05:00September 14th, 2020|Categories: Communism, Equality, Ethnicity, Political Philosophy|

Marx and Engels’ endorsement of the racially-charged project of European imperialism, their casual dismissal of vast swathes of racialized humanity as ‘backward’ or immutably despotic, their indifference to the enslavement of millions of black Africans, and above all their unshakeable belief in the superiority of the white Germanic races, should leave no doubt in [...]

The 1619 Project: Sending the Wrong Message to African Americans?

By |2020-09-13T23:12:16-05:00September 13th, 2020|Categories: American Republic, Equality, History, Politics, Slavery|

The 1619 Project is an instrument of propaganda whose insidious subtexts aim to promulgate the narrative that not only is America uniquely racist, but the nation cannot evolve beyond its history of slavery. Therefore, if America is to truly ascend, then the fatalism of the 1619 Project must be rejected. Criticisms of the 1619 [...]

Doctor WHO and Big Brother

By |2020-09-13T12:18:17-05:00September 13th, 2020|Categories: Government, Joseph Pearce, Modernity, Politics, Science, Senior Contributors|

It is evident from the globalist response to the COVID crisis that there will be a push for even more globalist control over our lives. Even were we willing to sacrifice our freedom for our safety, it would be folly to presume that globalist entities could solve the problems that globalism itself causes. Six [...]

A Canticle on a September Morn

By |2020-09-10T13:15:34-05:00September 10th, 2020|Categories: Christianity, History, Joseph Mussomeli, National Security, Politics, Terrorism|

I sometimes still worry that all the publicity centering around 9/11 drowns out the cries of those who died that day. I don’t want that to happen. The tragedy of their dying was corrupted from the very start by our leaders who failed to understand why they died and who used their dying for their [...]

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 [...]

Reflections on Tocqueville: The Pervasiveness of Equality

By |2020-08-31T14:44:00-05:00September 1st, 2020|Categories: Alexis de Tocqueville, American Republic, Bradley J. Birzer, Democracy, Democracy in America, Equality, Great Books, Senior Contributors|

To this day, though America has changed in size, shape, demographics, and technology, “Democracy in America” remains the single finest description of the American experiment. Introducing his work to the world, Alexis de Tocqueville wrote that nothing struck him more than the pervasiveness of the idea of equality in the United States. Alexis de [...]

Memory & Hope: Restoring the Teaching of American History

By |2020-08-31T16:56:46-05:00August 31st, 2020|Categories: American Republic, Conservatism, Education, History, Hope, Liberalism, Progressivism|

The currently pervading approach to American history presents America in the worst possible light, distorting the full truth of our past and damaging our political health. Our K-12 schools need a restoration of temporal continuity, the key to revitalizing history and civics education that forms young people who both appreciate the gifts of the [...]

A Conservative Response to Cancel Culture

By |2020-08-21T14:01:18-05:00August 25th, 2020|Categories: Conservatism, Culture, Ideology, Modernity, Politics, Wisdom|

Today, conservatism finds itself in danger of losing its way. In an attempt to win what feels like an all-out war, young conservatives take on the common tactics of the day. When conservatives surrender their civility to the abrasiveness, they sacrifice a part of the tradition that makes them conservative. Young conservatives are faced [...]

A Most Consequential Presidency

By |2020-08-24T23:57:03-05:00August 24th, 2020|Categories: Donald Trump, Pat Buchanan, Presidency|

Donald Trump has made the GOP more of a working- and middle-class party and has done as much as Reagan to deregulate the U.S. economy and reduce taxes on workers, producers, and investors. Abroad, he has rejected Bush transnationalism in favor of an America-first foreign policy. If he loses in November, however, much of what [...]

Can “Community Groups” Replace the Police?

By |2020-08-20T15:32:09-05:00August 23rd, 2020|Categories: Civilization, Community, Government, John Horvat, Modernity, Politics|

Because the classic idea of a community that once existed in America has been swallowed up by the present culture, to demand “community-driven” solutions to remedy police problems is an empty—and dangerous—proposition. The defund-the-police movement clearly defines its goal. Its activists believe police officers are agents of violence inside the community. Their solution is [...]

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