President Trump Is Right About Syria… Even if He’s Wrong

By |2018-12-31T01:13:46-06:00December 30th, 2018|Categories: Donald Trump, Foreign Affairs, Joseph Mussomeli, Middle East, Neoconservatism, Politics, Senior Contributors|

President Trump’s decision to withdraw American troops from Syria, if it holds, is one of the few genuinely courageous acts of his presidency… My first thought when I heard that President Trump was finally taking our troops out of the quagmire called Syria was that he was not really serious. Given how frequently and unpredictably [...]

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, [...]

How Neoconservatives Destroyed Southern Conservatism

By |2019-02-14T13:15:31-06:00May 10th, 2018|Categories: Agrarianism, Conservatism, Ideology, Neoconservatism, Politics, Russell Kirk, South, The Imaginative Conservative, William F. Buckley Jr.|

Neither the leftist Marxist multiculturalists nor the Neoconservatives reflect the genuine beliefs or inheritance left to us by those who came to these shores centuries ago. Both reject the historic conservatism of the South, which embodied that inheritance and the vision of the Founders… No discussion of Southern conservatism, its history and its relationship to [...]

On Straussian Teachings

By |2017-10-04T13:02:37-05:00October 6th, 2017|Categories: Economics, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Leo Strauss, Neoconservatism, Paul Gottfried, Political Economy|

The nexus between the Straussians and neoconservatives has been overstated for partisan ends, but it is still nonetheless there. Sociologically and culturally, the two movements are largely indistinguishable… The Truth About Leo Strauss by Catherine and Michael Zuckert (University of Chicago Press, 2006). In The Truth About Leo Strauss, Catherine and Michael Zuckert, both professors holding [...]

Whither “Nevertrump”?

By |2016-12-02T12:41:34-06:00November 27th, 2016|Categories: Bruce Frohnen, Culture, Donald Trump, Neoconservatism, Politics, Religion|

Given the hysteria of so many, it may seem surprising to note that what Donald Trump promised was a return to political sanity. If not a full-scale conservative program, Mr. Trump’s is a crucial program for the preservation and possible renewal of the American way of life… Now that Donald Trump is President-elect, there is [...]

Who Still Speaks for Conservatism?

By |2016-09-02T11:25:16-05:00August 21st, 2016|Categories: Conservatism, Donald Trump, Featured, Neoconservatism|

Listening to George Will pontificate recently on Fox News about his “conservative” principles, I had to ask for the millionth time what Mr. Will and his likeminded friends mean by “conservative.” And I don’t ask this question as a neophyte, having published more on the subject of conservatism than probably anyone else on the planet. But [...]

Neoconservatives, #Nevertrump, & the Death of Conservatism

By |2017-11-29T11:31:43-06:00May 29th, 2016|Categories: Bruce Frohnen, Conservatism, Donald Trump, Neoconservatism|

Neoconservatives have garnered a fair amount of media coverage in recent weeks for their determination to keep on with the #nevertrump fight. Bill Kristol, editor of The Weekly Standard and son of neoconservative founder Irving Kristol, has been especially vocal in his determination to launch a third party challenge to Donald Trump and the eventual [...]

Claes Ryn on The New Jacobinism

By |2014-06-10T18:25:16-05:00June 10th, 2014|Categories: Claes Ryn, Neoconservatism|

Imaginative Conservative senior contributor, Claes Ryn, recently discussed the pernicious influence of neo-conservatism—or the “New Jacobinism”—on the American republic. Click below to watch parts one and two of this video: “A conservative is normally somebody who is quite respectful of tradition because tradition is seen as providing importance guidance and support in our efforts to [...]

Crusades for Democracy & American Foreign Policy

By |2016-07-26T15:21:37-05:00January 28th, 2013|Categories: Claes Ryn, Foreign Affairs, Leo Strauss, Neoconservatism, Paul Gottfried, Political Philosophy|Tags: |

In recent years a heated debate has erupted about American foreign policy and about what moral purpose should inform our conduct of international relations. While analysts Robert Kagan, Michael Mandelbaum, and Stephen Schwartz insist the United States should use its power, where possible, on behalf of “democracy,” other commentators have rejected this approach. James Kurth, [...]

A Marriage of Personal Convenience: The Unity of Economic and Social Conservatism

By |2014-12-30T16:55:37-06:00November 20th, 2012|Categories: Bruce Frohnen, Civil Society, Conservatism, Natural Law, Neoconservatism, Social Order|Tags: , |

Over on the First Things blog, Robert George has blessed us, yet again, with the conventional and convenient wisdom of (Catholic) neoconservatism. The post, titled “No Mere Marriage of Convenience: The Unity of Economic and Social Conservatism,” is a sustained argument for just how convenient this marriage of utility and principle really is, and why [...]

A NeoCon Night at the Opera

By |2014-01-21T13:34:05-06:00September 27th, 2012|Categories: Conservatism, Film, Leo Strauss, Music, Neoconservatism, Politics, Stephen Masty|

(WARNING: Contains Neo-Conservatism and saucy language) Well, here’s a big buon giorno to our National Public Radio audience, because it’s time for Impariamo Opera and I’m your co-host, Angela Tedioso. And I’m Hans-Dieter Langweilig. But today we stray from the shores of sunny Italy to the magical, musical world of Strauss. […]

Neoconservatism: An Obituary for an Idea

By |2014-01-06T09:04:07-06:00September 23rd, 2012|Categories: Books, Conservatism, Neoconservatism, Politics|

From the “Introduction” to Neoconservatism: An Obituary for an Idea, by C. Bradley Thompson (with Yaron Brook). Neoconservatism: An Obituary for an Idea is unique because it is the first and only book to present neoconservatism as a comprehensive and integrated political philosophy with its own system of metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, and politics. It tells the [...]

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