A Dangerous Conflation of Terms: “Anti-Israel” and “Anti-Semitic”

By |2019-03-11T00:32:08-05:00March 10th, 2019|Categories: Conservatism, Foreign Affairs, Israel, Joseph Mussomeli, Liberal, Politics|

Those who make too much of Representative Ilhan Omar’s statement, and who are happy to gain some short-term win by conflating legitimate concern over Israeli influence with anti-Semitism, run the risk of permanently connecting the two terms... I was sitting under a huge oak tree on my college campus reading a political science textbook when [...]

Francis Under Fire: Lawler and Douthat Critique the Pope

By |2018-04-13T15:50:55-05:00April 7th, 2018|Categories: Books, Catholicism, Christianity, Dwight Longenecker, Liberal, Liberalism, Pope Francis|

Two conservative authors have assessed Pope Francis’ pontificate with devastating results… Lost Shepherd: How Pope Francis is Misleading His Flock by Philip Lawler (256 pages, Gateway Editions, 2018) To Change the Church: Pope Francis and the Future of Catholicism by Ross Douthat (256 pages, Simon & Schuster, 2018) Five years into his papacy and poor Pope Francis [...]

How Liberals Abuse Language

By |2019-02-28T11:47:34-05:00March 5th, 2018|Categories: Culture, Language, Liberal, Philosophy, Politics, Rhetoric, Timeless Essays|

As long as words are left undefined, their meanings are vague and are left up to the listener’s or reader’s imagination. Many on the left have manipulated language in this way… Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the opportunity to join Shannon Holzer as he explores the nature of a [...]

The Left vs. Human Nature

By |2018-07-24T21:06:29-05:00December 3rd, 2017|Categories: Culture, Featured, Liberal, Nature, Politics, Progressivism, Timeless Essays, Truth|

Human nature exists, and we cannot deal with life in a sensible way without accepting that. So the question we face is how to overcome an outlook that categorically rejects the very concept and is deeply rooted in the way the people who dominate our political life understand the world… Today’s offering in our [...]

How Conservatives & Liberals View The Federalist

By |2018-07-02T23:23:46-05:00November 9th, 2017|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Conservatism, Constitution, Featured, Federalist, Federalist Papers, History, Liberal|

In The Federalist, Publius writes of “new” and “improved” “principles” of the “science of politics,” and he urges his countrymen to abandon the classical teachings concerning the possibilities of republican government over an extensive territory… Conservatives—American and otherwise—have always held The Federalist in extremely high regard. Virtually all would agree with Clinton Rossiter that it stands with the [...]

The Return of Liberal Theory

By |2017-07-06T00:24:43-05:00July 5th, 2017|Categories: Books, Lee Cheek, Liberal, Liberalism, Politics, Senior Contributors|

Contemporary liberalism provides solutions that only exacerbate current domestic and international tensions… The Cultural Defense of Nations: A Liberal Theory of Majority Rights by Liav Orgad (Oxford University Press, 2016) Liberal constitutional and political theory has increasingly defended the status of often newly created or invented minorities, defined more expansively with each new theoretical formulation, [...]

Wilhelm Roepke and the Liberal Ideal

By |2016-12-30T09:51:12-05:00March 24th, 2013|Categories: Economics, Liberal, Political Economy, Ralph Ancil, Wilhelm Roepke|

Wilhelm Roepke Much of Wilhelm Roepke’s work can be understood as an exposition of the essence of Western, Occidental thought, a contribution to civilization that can be summed up in the word “liberal” properly understood. It means balanced respect for all the spheres of human personality and activity, multiplicities that can only [...]

Conservatives vs. Libertarians on What Ails Higher Education: The Case of the University of Virginia

By |2014-01-27T08:54:56-05:00July 12th, 2012|Categories: Education, Liberal, Liberal Learning, Libertarians, Peter A. Lawler|

So this astute and classy article by James Patterson explains why so many conservatives wrongly took the side of the Board of Visitors against University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan on the matter of her removal and reinstatement. Someone might say, though, that the conservatives who support the Board aren’t really conservatives. They’re more properly [...]