Politics

Plato on Wealth, Poverty, and the Conditions of Happiness

By |2020-01-06T17:39:58-06:00December 29th, 2019|Categories: Community, Conservatism, Plato, Political Philosophy, Politics, Rights|

At least since the time of the ancient philosopher Plato, private property rights have posed challenges to those aspiring to craft a just political society. During the nascent years of American civilization, the Pilgrim settlers of the New Plymouth Plantation followed a partly Platonic model of a commonwealth. The survival of their settlement, they [...]

The Paleoconservative Eminence? Cardinal Sarah On Identity, Nationality, & Roots

By |2019-12-29T00:31:24-06:00December 28th, 2019|Categories: Books, Civilization, Conservatism, Politics, Western Civilization|

Though counter-globalist, Cardinal Robert Sarah’s “The Day Is Now Far Spent” is not anti-Western, but is an emphatic rejection of liberal anthropology—which strikes him as blasphemous, positing a decontextualized individual, one who needs neither family nor neighbor nor even God Almighty. The Day Is Now Far Spent, by Cardinal Robert Sarah (385 pages, Ignatius [...]

Athena as Founder & Statesman

By |2019-12-27T17:59:57-06:00December 27th, 2019|Categories: Justice, Literature, Myth, Politics, Religion, Statesman, Timeless Essays|

In the “Oresteia,” Aeschylus examines whether a city exists for proper worship of gods or whether it exists for proper cultivation of “that which is most divine in us.” Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the opportunity to join John Alvis, as he considers Aeschylus’ views of the polity as embodied [...]

Asia’s Fight for Life

By |2019-12-23T15:13:52-06:00December 26th, 2019|Categories: Abortion, Christianity, Hope, Politics|

Held on July 15, the Tokyo March for Life is a beautiful celebration of the gift of life and also of the panoply of Asian and Pacific peoples and cultures. As Asians awaken from a nightmare of slaughter, people from around the world gather here to remember the darkness of the past, but also [...]

Chick-fil-A, the Mob, and the Bible’s Ananias

By |2019-12-20T00:02:31-06:00December 19th, 2019|Categories: Conservatism, Culture War, David Deavel, Economics, Politics, Senior Contributors|

Chick-fil-A’s decision to stop donating to the Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes last month was met with a lot of anger on the part of conservatives and Christians because it was seen as a betrayal of a large portion of its customer base, many of whom were fans of the place [...]

Hobbes’ “Leviathan”: A Collectivist Horror

By |2019-12-13T04:10:26-06:00December 12th, 2019|Categories: Bradley J. Birzer, Civilization, Conservatism, Government, Leviathan, Politics, Senior Contributors, Western Civilization|

With the loss of traditional religion as the guiding force of the Western world, following the collapse of the Medieval around 1350, politics quickly became not just a substitute, but a religion in and of itself, a proto-ideology serving as a glue for the emerging nation-states of Europe. Certainties that the Medievals had taken [...]

HBO’s “Chernobyl” and Solzhenitsyn

By |2019-12-12T01:56:31-06:00December 10th, 2019|Categories: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Civilization, Communism, Culture, History, Ideology, Television|

The new HBO series “Chernobyl” serves to warn us about the danger of persistent lies in a society that refuses to acknowledge truth. It would be a grave error not to take stock of our own tendencies toward deceit, as if our lies are radically different from those that underpinned the Soviet Union. Over [...]

How the Left Gets America’s “Civil War” All Wrong

By |2019-12-08T22:04:17-06:00December 8th, 2019|Categories: Conservatism, Liberalism, Modernity, Politics, Progressivism|

For many progressives, the issue is clear: Americans hold conflicting views about what it means to be American; something must change lest the nation be torn asunder; inaction can trigger a massive civil war. Of course, history is neither as deterministic nor as simplistic as the left makes it out to be. The influential [...]

The Postmodern Heroism of John Milton

By |2019-12-08T22:05:31-06:00December 8th, 2019|Categories: Culture, England, Great Books, John Milton, Literature, Politics, Timeless Essays|

Instead of putting John Milton in the context of his own time, scholar David Hawkes proposes to put him in the context of ours, believing that the great poet and political writer’s life and work offer solutions to our own predicament. Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the opportunity to [...]

Primal Screams: How the Sexual Revolution Created Identity Politics

By |2019-12-13T16:42:27-06:00December 7th, 2019|Categories: Books, Conservatism, Dwight Longenecker, Politics, Senior Contributors|

Puzzled by the sudden surge of identity politics, Mary Eberstadt traces its genesis to the sexual revolution. By doing so, she addresses the “primal screams” of faceless, lonely people grabbing at an identity like a shipwrecked person clutching at flotsam. Primal Screams: How the Sexual Revolution Created Identity Politics, by Mary Eberstadt (192 pages, [...]

A Manifesto of Neo-Romanticism

By |2019-12-05T17:08:25-06:00December 5th, 2019|Categories: Communism, Conservatism, Ideology, Politics, Western Civilization|

He is thinking: “See how God writes straight on crooked lines.” —Machado de Assis What realistic form can a manifesto of Neo-Romanticism take in a positivistic age? How many people will even recognize it as such? In a time when life has been cheapened by the talons of radical ideology, those who cultivate a [...]

A Heart Devoted to the Welfare of Our Country

By |2019-12-01T00:21:48-06:00December 1st, 2019|Categories: American Founding, John Quincy Adams, Presidency|

This was delivered by President John Quincy Adams at his Inaugural, March, 1825.  In compliance with an usage coeval with the existence of our Federal Constitution, and sanctioned by the example of my predecessors in the career upon which I am about to enter, I appear, my fellow-citizens, in your presence and in that [...]

Presidential Proclamation on Thanksgiving Day

By |2019-11-28T12:28:03-06:00November 28th, 2019|Categories: Donald Trump, Presidency, Thanksgiving|

On Thanksgiving Day, we remember with reverence and gratitude the bountiful blessings afforded to us by our Creator, and we recommit to sharing in a spirit of thanksgiving and generosity with our friends, neighbors, and families. Nearly four centuries ago, determined individuals with a hopeful vision of a more prosperous life and an abundance of opportunities made [...]