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. […]

Good Friday, Good Bureaucrats, and the Good Roman

By |2019-04-19T11:08:10-05:00April 18th, 2019|Categories: Christianity, Joseph Mussomeli, Politics, Virtue|

On this Good Friday, as we ponder the suffering Christ endured, we should not forget the pivotal role of that good and decent bureaucrat Pilate in facilitating that crime. Nor forget the bureaucratic crimes committed daily on the sacrificial altars of obedience and expedience. Thus spoke Nietzsche: “Must I add that, in the whole [...]

A Connecticut Yankee and the Failure of Progressivism

By |2019-04-15T23:19:15-05:00April 15th, 2019|Categories: Books, History, Literature, Mark Malvasi, Mark Twain, Modernity, Progressivism, Senior Contributors|

No writer so early recognized and so credibly exposed the dangerous inadequacies concealed in the Progressive world view than did Mark Twain in his sardonic novel A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court. I. By 1912, the triumph of Progressivism was complete. Both Woodrow Wilson and Theodore Roosevelt had advertised themselves as Progressive candidates, [...]

Facebook Fascism and the Slippery Slope to Tyranny

By |2019-04-14T21:56:59-05:00April 14th, 2019|Categories: Fascism, Free Speech, Joseph Pearce, Modernity, Rights, Senior Contributors, Tyranny|

Following the recent attack on a mosque in New Zealand by a white supremacist terrorist, I was asked by a national TV network in the UK to appear on a live show to give my perspective as a former white supremacist. (I served two prison sentences for “inciting racial hatred” back in the 1980s.) [...]

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 [...]

How the Smart Set Was Wrong About Trump and the Unborn

By |2019-04-03T14:42:06-05:00April 3rd, 2019|Categories: Abortion, Conservatism, Culture War, Donald Trump, Politics|

President Trump recently took $60 million away from Planned Parenthood, the first president ever to do so. This and other unique pro-life initiatives of his turned my mind to certain claims made by the pro-life Smart Set back in those crazy days of the 2016 campaign. In March 2016, a group of old and very [...]

Asylum, the “Right” of Immigration, & the Rule of Law

By |2019-03-29T09:54:43-05:00March 28th, 2019|Categories: Immigration, Politics, Rule of Law, Senior Contributors, Thomas R. Ascik|

Presidents of both parties, and houses of Congress controlled by both parties, have for decades tolerated and thus implicitly encouraged and provided an incentive for illegal immigration. What has been sacrificed along the way is the rule of law. Will the federal judiciary not only change central provisions of American immigration statutory law pertaining [...]

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 [...]

A Brief Summary of Traditionalism

By |2019-03-07T16:19:47-05:00March 21st, 2019|Categories: American Republic, Civil Society, Government, Political Philosophy, Rights, Tradition|

The fundamental Traditionalist principle is that truth, which includes morality, is both knowable and unchanging. But is a traditionalist society possible in today’s day and age? The best way, I have found, to sum up my own views of society and politics is to call myself a Traditionalist. I was rather surprised to learn [...]

Andrew Jackson Unconquered

By |2019-03-14T22:48:45-05:00March 14th, 2019|Categories: American West, Character, History, Politics|

Andrew Jackson’s reputation is drifting down, down, down, like a sere autumn leaf. Whereas in 1948, the first year of Arthur Schlesinger Sr.’s poll of historians, Old Hickory ranked sixth among the presidents, in recent surveys by a variety of sponsors he has dropped into the midteens. It seems only a matter of time [...]

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 [...]

Progressivism and Democracy

By |2019-03-10T14:45:13-05:00March 10th, 2019|Categories: American Republic, Capitalism, Defining America Series, Democracy, Economics, History, Mark Malvasi, Politics, Senior Contributors|

Could democratic government solve, or even effectively address, the problems of a modern society? For decades, this question vexed Progressive reformers as they navigated the transformation of the United States from a country of small farms and rural communities to a nation of factories, corporations, and cities. Before the Civil War, Americans never doubted [...]

Tucker Carlson: A Buckley for Our Time?

By |2019-04-20T19:53:55-05:00March 5th, 2019|Categories: Books, Conservatism, Donald Trump, Politics|

  While Tucker Carlson’s rhetorical reach may not stretch as far and wide as William F. Buckley’s, Mr. Carlson evokes the same gaily combative spirit that young conservatives of the 1960s admired in the founder of National Review. The Bill Buckley of the paleoconservatives has arrived, and just in time for the Trump era. While [...]