A Christian Critique of Secular Progressivism

By |2020-05-08T18:26:03-05:00May 8th, 2020|Categories: Civilization, Culture, History, Philosophy, Progressivism, Religion, Time|

The end of history concept—the belief that there will be an endpoint to social, intellectual, and political progress—is a powerful idea that pervades modern-day secular thought. The spread of gay rights, the rise of universal government-run health insurance, and environmental awareness has hubristically led “progressive” secularists to describe a coming “Age of Enlightenment” when [...]

Can No One Be Left Alone? The Little Sisters of the Poor Case

By |2020-05-05T17:42:45-05:00May 5th, 2020|Categories: American Republic, Constitution, First Amendment, Government, Politics, Religion, Senior Contributors, Thomas R. Ascik|

The Catholic order of nuns, the Little Sisters of the Poor, are apparently not little enough or poor enough to avoid governmental coercion and interference with their works of charity. For almost a decade now, they have been involved in court cases resisting governmental attempts, first federal and now state, to require them to [...]

Debt Man Walking

By |2020-05-05T17:46:33-05:00May 5th, 2020|Categories: American Republic, Coronavirus, Economics, Politics|

What is perhaps most distressing of all the revelations of frailty and incompetence beneath the former veneer of progress, is the recognition that mankind has very little idea of how to solve problems apart from throwing money at them. The past few months have turned the world as we knew it upside-down. Civil liberties, [...]

How Long Can Biden Stay in His Basement?

By |2020-05-05T09:31:13-05:00May 5th, 2020|Categories: Pat Buchanan, Politics|

The worry is that Joe Biden is suffering from mental decline and could be destroyed by Donald Trump in a presidential debate. Mr. Biden forgets, mumbles, misspeaks, loses his train of thought and appears, at times, confused. Where Barack Obama achieved notoriety for "leading from behind," Joe Biden, these last two months, has been leading [...]

After the Virus: The Deluge?

By |2020-05-03T17:28:35-05:00May 3rd, 2020|Categories: American Republic, Coronavirus, Donald Trump, Freedom, Government, Joseph Pearce, Politics, Senior Contributors|

We need to see beyond the myopia of the current crisis to its long-term consequences. What awaits us when the pestilence passes? What sort of world will we be living in? Will the lessons learned lead to the restoration of lost liberties, or will we find that the freedoms we relinquished in this time [...]

Is Conservatism an Ideology?

By |2020-04-25T03:15:59-05:00April 24th, 2020|Categories: Bradley J. Birzer, Conservatism, Ideology, Robert Nisbet, Senior Contributors|

In his excellent, short book, Conservatism: Dream and Reality, Robert Nisbet had no problem in identifying conservatism as an ideology. Whereas his friend, Russell Kirk, had repeatedly resisted defining the faith as anything other than a “way of being” quite contrary to all ideologies (in essence, an anti-ideology). Nisbet proclaimed it one of three ideologies [...]

The One Certain Victor in the Pandemic War

By |2020-04-24T19:51:36-05:00April 24th, 2020|Categories: Coronavirus, Government, Pat Buchanan|

Now, standing patiently in line for their bailouts, are the states—and America's cities and counties. The one certain victor in the coronavirus pandemic war will likely be Big Government. "War is the health of the state," wrote the progressive Randolph Bourne during the First World War, after which he succumbed to the Spanish flu. America's [...]

What Will Be the New American Cause?

By |2020-04-21T10:16:59-05:00April 21st, 2020|Categories: Donald Trump, Foreign Affairs, Pat Buchanan|

If Donald Trump wins the 2020 election, borders will be tightened. The U.S. withdrawal from the Mideast will continue. U.S. manufacturing will begin to be repatriated. Transnational institutions will be downgraded, ignored and superseded. The watchword will be what it has lately been: "America First." After the Great Pandemic has passed and we emerge from [...]

Will COVID-19 Retire the World’s Policeman?

By |2020-04-17T09:39:42-05:00April 17th, 2020|Categories: Coronavirus, Foreign Affairs, Pat Buchanan|

Will this pandemic prove the decisive factor in America's retreat from global hegemony? For declaring in March that the U.S. economy might be reopened by Easter, President Donald Trump was roundly mocked. Yet, it appears his political instincts were correct. He was more in tune with his country than were his critics. By early Easter [...]

COVID-19: The Road to Tyranny is Paved with Pandemics

By |2020-04-17T09:41:42-05:00April 16th, 2020|Categories: American Republic, Coronavirus, Donald Trump, Government, Politics|

A few weeks ago, the word was temporary. Now we are hearing indefinite. America’s recently unemployed subjects under house arrest can be forgiven for starting to wonder from behind their bootlegged face-masks: If politicians and the media continue to clamor for increasingly draconian measures (including, in the case of EWTN White House correspondent Owen [...]

A Restless Tocqueville

By |2020-04-15T12:15:29-05:00April 15th, 2020|Categories: Alexis de Tocqueville, Books, Bruce Frohnen, Liberalism, Peter A. Lawler, Philosophy, Politics|

Alexis de Tocqueville distanced himself from the liberal view that men by nature spontaneously would form lives of blissful contentment, were they not “corrupted” by political society. Nonetheless, at the heart of this liberal Tocqueville lies the “restless mind”—a mind that sees the essence of humanity in the realization that each of us “dies [...]

Let Us Shun Imperialism, Always and Everywhere

By |2020-04-14T15:44:45-05:00April 14th, 2020|Categories: Bradley J. Birzer, Conservatism, History, Political Philosophy, Politics, Senior Contributors|

Let me begin this essay by simply throwing down the gauntlet. American imperialists—of whatever political persuasion or ideology—are not only traitors to the American cause and in violation of the deepest meanings and profundities of the American ideal, they are also embracing demonic goals of remaking the world in their own image, thus trampling [...]