Why Nationalism Won’t Save Us From Globalism

By |2019-01-21T11:45:34-05:00January 23rd, 2019|Categories: Conservatism, Nationalism, Politics, Populism|

This confused climate of massive global networks arrayed against isolated individuals favors the appearance of vague terms like nationalism and populism. People reason that if global networks and selfish, false elites are destroying the nation, they must naturally step back and restore the nation-state to its rightful place in the hearts and minds of citizens... [...]

Tucker Carlson: The New G.K. Chesterton?

By |2019-04-20T19:52:57-05:00January 17th, 2019|Categories: Christian Humanism, Conservatism, G.K. Chesterton, Populism|

Rather than being condemned as a manipulative populist feeding the people’s paranoia, Tucker Carlson should be commended for asking us to reconsider the first principles of conservatism, and for addressing the same ideas that G.K Chesterton also believed to be a threat to society: materialism, imperialism, feminism, and progressivism... Responding to Mitt Romney’s op-ed in [...]

The Rise of Viktor Orbán, Right-Wing Populist

By |2018-11-23T11:24:21-05:00November 22nd, 2018|Categories: Conservatism, Democracy, Europe, History, Politics, Populism, Viktor Orbán|

Viktor Orbán discovered his roots in a tradition devoted to family, country and Christian values. Though he submits to democratic elections and legal restraints on his power, in order for his right-wing populism to survive he must exercise greater authority than is his by law... On June 16, 1989, 200,000 Hungarians filled Heroes’ Square in [...]

Donald Trump and the Path to a New Conservatism

By |2019-04-25T15:16:45-05:00October 16th, 2018|Categories: Conservatism, Culture, Democracy, Donald Trump, Politics, Populism, Presidency|

It was Donald Trump’s sense of fraternity that most incensed his opponents. For the liberals, it was his solidarity with people they thought deplorable. For the libertarians, it was the safety net he’d offer Americans. For both he was toxic, but his fraternity brought him to the sweet spot in American presidential politics, the place [...]

Reconsidering William Jennings Bryan

By |2018-04-19T10:23:14-05:00April 19th, 2018|Categories: Agrarianism, Conservatism, History, Populism, South|

William Jennings Bryan was admired because of his willingness to stand up for the common man. Most importantly, Bryan believed in the Jeffersonian system of government and wanted to limit the power of the elite… When William Jennings Bryan died in 1925, H.L. Mencken wrote a scathing eulogy stating: There was something peculiarly fitting [...]

Misunderstanding Populism

By |2018-11-19T20:36:26-05:00October 1st, 2017|Categories: Civil Society, Donald Trump, Economics, History, Nationalism, Pat Buchanan, Populism|

Some observers ascribe racist and anti-business sentiments to proponents of a new nationalist political order, but such pejoratives distract from alternative and more plausible explanations for populism’s contemporary popularity… There is much to commend in David Mr. Brooks’ latest op-ed, “The Coming War on Business,” but his assessment goes significantly astray from appraising accurately [...]

Conservatism and Our Constitutional Inheritance

By |2018-11-05T18:01:04-05:00September 16th, 2017|Categories: Congress, Conservatism, Donald Trump, Featured, Populism, Presidency|

The constitutional inheritance is not merely a gift to be expended or consumed; it is a responsibility to be stewarded. This sense of intergenerational obligation—debts to the past and future—is the most solid and powerful grounding for originalism and respect for constitutional form… The essential question confronting American conservatism is what, precisely, it aspires to [...]

Ideas and American Politics

By |2017-12-16T16:40:03-05:00August 6th, 2017|Categories: Alexis de Tocqueville, American Republic, Democracy, Featured, Federalism, Mark Malvasi, Politics, Populism, Progressivism, Senior Contributors|

The fear and suspicion of ideas and intellect rest on historical foundations buried deep in the American consciousness. Many Americans, in fact, have long disparaged the life of the mind, and populist democracy has increasingly required an appeal to vulgarity and ignorance… The mistrust of ideas and intellect that has long prevailed among a [...]

Reflections of a Conservative Democrat

By |2019-01-07T15:16:24-05:00July 26th, 2017|Categories: Conservatism, Faith, Featured, History, Liberalism, Peter Strzelecki Rieth, Politics, Populism, Progressivism|

Democrats must return to that foundation which tempered all of their earlier radicalism and channeled it to relatively productive political conduct: Christianity… “All revolutions are amoral and sadistic—the French, the Bolshevik, the Nazi revolution… Social movements are born from Christ’s teaching to love thy neighbor, but all revolutions renounce Christ.” – Stanisław Cat Mackiewicz, Years [...]

Do Americans Still Share a Common Political Life?

By |2016-06-26T17:54:40-05:00May 11th, 2016|Categories: Alexis de Tocqueville, Featured, Liberty, Politics, Populism, Presidency|

What do Eurosceptic movements, support for Donald Trump, and recent college protesters have in common? All are populist reactions to political correctness and its precondition of abolishing our common political sense of what we can do together. Such a lesson one can garner from French philosopher Pierre Manent, who is little known in America, [...]

The End of Ideas in American Politics?

By |2018-12-18T22:27:18-05:00February 15th, 2016|Categories: Featured, History, Intelligence, Mark Malvasi, Politics, Populism|

Americans have long mistrusted intellectuals, nowhere more so than when intellectuals have had access to power. There is considerable irony in this apprehension, for the Founding Fathers were themselves men of intellect and learning. Refined and erudite, many were well and widely read in history, politics, law, and science, and applied their knowledge to [...]

The Politics of Fear and Hatred

By |2019-01-04T14:12:34-05:00September 19th, 2013|Categories: Books, Democracy, John Lukacs, Populism|Tags: , |

Democracy and Populism: Fear and Hatred, by John Lukacs. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2005. 248 pp. There are few scholars whose intellectual achievements are so respected that their intuitions are as highly regarded as their more formal scholarship. John Lukacs is one of these rare individuals. He brings to his work a lifetime of [...]