Why Liberalism’s Pantheon Failed

By |2019-06-23T18:45:31-05:00June 23rd, 2019|Categories: American Republic, Christianity, John Horvat, Liberalism, Politics|

For most of our history, the American liberal consensus held that the nation’s God was Christian. However, modernists undermined this consensus by welcoming in secular idols through the back door. They turned the temple into a pantheon. A great debate is raging among conservatives about the future of the movement. At stake is the [...]

Critiquing Robert Kagan’s Enlightenment Liberalism

By |2019-05-07T10:20:32-05:00May 6th, 2019|Categories: Conservatism, Democracy, Donald Trump, Liberalism, Natural Rights Tradition, Politics, Tyranny|

While Robert Kagan basically dismisses church and community in the development of liberalism, can there be any sadder but more important concession than his own admission that “liberalism has no particular answer” for what can legitimize its rights? An essay is meant to be very, very important when it consumes four giant pages in [...]

The Emptiness of the Coming Presidential Primaries

By |2019-04-21T22:16:39-05:00April 21st, 2019|Categories: Liberalism, Politics, Presidency, Senior Contributors|

Emptiness is defined negatively as the absence of something. It can involve structures which are not occupied or filled, as in empty bottles. Emptiness can refer to situations lacking reality, substance or meaning, as in empty pleasures. Actions can be empty when they have no consequences, as in empty gestures or threats. […]

Victimology 101: Rousseau, Victimhood, and Safe-Spaces

By |2019-04-06T00:36:24-05:00April 5th, 2019|Categories: Culture War, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Liberalism, Modernity, Politics, Progressivism|

Many liberals maintain that they themselves are victims. Where does this belief come from? And why would anyone want to be a victim? To understand the origins of victimhood, we must understand the work and thought of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, the godfather and patron saint of liberalism… Candace Owens, an African American woman, is a [...]

Real Families Don’t Need Government Programs

By |2019-03-24T21:58:51-05:00March 24th, 2019|Categories: Community, Family, Liberalism, Marriage, Politics, Tradition|

Studies confirm that traditional families result in less delinquency, criminality, illness, drug use, sexual promiscuity and stress. The best family policy is carried out by the family itself. Those who need the “family” aid offered by liberal policymakers are not truly “families.” As the next national elections loom on the horizon, many liberal candidates [...]

Political Illiteracy: Jim Wallis and “God’s Politics”

By |2019-01-25T22:36:47-05:00January 25th, 2019|Categories: Abortion, Benjamin Lockerd, Liberalism, Politics, Religion, Theology|

Jim Wallis is an intelligent and sincere person, someone worth listening to on serious subjects. But he appears to be politically illiterate. There is simply no engagement with serious conservative political writers—no hint that he knows such people even exist. This is typical of many intelligent and well-informed people on the Left... One of my [...]

Ronald Reagan’s Road to Conservatism

By |2019-05-30T11:10:17-05:00November 6th, 2018|Categories: Conservatism, History, Liberalism, Politics, Ronald Reagan|

In the autumn of 1948, as Harry Truman campaigned to remain president, the International Ladies’ Garment Workers Union produced a pro-Truman radio advertisement that aired on stations across the country. The fifteen-minute program had two principal speakers: a liberal Minnesota politician named Hubert Humphrey, on his way to being elected that year to the U.S. [...]

The New Face of the Democratic Donkey: Eeyore

By |2018-11-09T12:12:10-05:00November 4th, 2018|Categories: Benjamin Lockerd, Government, Liberalism, Politics, Senior Contributors|

I have noticed that my liberal friends have been very depressed lately. I used to think that my conservative pals and I were the ones who were constantly bemoaning the decline of Western civilization, but we just can’t match the moaning of our left-wing acquaintances in the time of Trump. […]

The Supreme Court: “Never to the Right, Forever to the Left”

By |2018-11-25T22:10:54-05:00October 15th, 2018|Categories: Conservatism, Joseph Mussomeli, Justice, Liberalism, Politics, Supreme Court|

Despite all the unfounded fear on the left and all the equally unfounded euphoria on the right, there will be no wholesale revamping by the Supreme Court of the liberal social order that is now deeply rooted in our culture and among our people. The conservative justices' ethos of evolution over revolution will forestall any [...]

Suicide of the West: James Burnham vs. Jonah Goldberg

By |2018-10-15T12:06:13-05:00October 11th, 2018|Categories: Conservatism, Culture, Liberalism, Nationalism, Neoconservatism, Politics|

The nation-state, along with a broadly Christian culture, has always been the surest foundation for a classically liberal order. America’s ideals depend not on tribal loyalty to universal propositions but on loyalty to the tribes—and little platoons—from which our ideals arise... How do you gauge the health of a civilization? There are geographic and demographic, [...]

The Cornerstone of Conservatism

By |2019-05-07T14:40:38-05:00August 19th, 2018|Categories: American Republic, Christianity, Conservatism, Constitution, Government, Liberalism, Liberty, Politics|

Conservatism is a formal understanding of man. By understanding, I mean a verifiable truth, and by formal, I refer to a distinguishable methodology which permeated the celebrated thoughts of classical antiquity and scholastic medievalism. Conversely, Liberalism is an ideology for man. This is not to say that Conservatism is without its own prescriptions, but [...]

Up, Maybe, From Liberalism

By |2019-02-14T13:39:58-05:00May 9th, 2018|Categories: Conservatism, Ideology, Liberalism, Politics, Richard Weaver, The Imaginative Conservative|

What has alarmed me most as I moved away from liberalism—or as it moved away from me—was how quick my liberal friends were to renounce and reject our delicate social fabric as oppressive, as exclusionary, or as just plain worthless. Churches? Schools? Communities? Not just anachronisms, according to the New Liberalism, but dangerous threats [...]

Patrick Deneen on Why Liberalism… Succeeded?

By |2019-02-26T16:39:59-05:00April 30th, 2018|Categories: Books, Culture, Liberal Arts, Liberalism, Technology, Thomas R. Ascik|

Patrick Deneen has entitled his book Why Liberalism Failed, but by his own analysis, he could have entitled it Why Liberalism Succeeded… Why Liberalism Failed by Patrick Deneen (248 pages, Yale University Press, 2018) In his comprehensive condemnation of three hundred years of modern liberalism, Patrick Deneen at one point speaks of “advanced liberalism,” [...]