George Orwell On Populism, Patriotism, & Veiled Censorship

By |2021-01-26T13:58:06-06:00January 31st, 2021|Categories: George Orwell, Patriotism, Politics, Populism|

Christians can respect George Orwell even if we cannot fully claim him. But “woke” progressives have no logical choice but to repudiate the secular liberal icon altogether for his skepticism toward egalitarianism, globalism, and political correctness. However he may feel about it, no honest and perceptive person will deny that the Overton window of acceptable [...]

Bonapartism and the Populist Empire

By |2020-10-01T15:42:25-05:00October 1st, 2020|Categories: Economics, Europe, History, Populism, Revolution|

Under Louis Napoleon III, the Second French Empire was more successful than the first, and more successful than any political administration in France up to that point. An Empire focused on domestic order and growth had finally brought the liberty and prosperity that Republics and Monarchies had failed to achieve. How could such a successful [...]

“Prince Caspian” and Political Extremism

By |2019-11-26T09:44:19-06:00October 15th, 2019|Categories: Books, C.S. Lewis, Conservatism, Literature, Politics, Populism|

Those who object to globalism find themselves in a frustrating, even infuriating position, even now in the age of Brexit and Donald Trump. Three years after the 2016 votes were counted there is still no wall, Britain is still stuck in the EU, and an anonymous White House “adult in the room” has gotten away [...]

Conservatism and Our Constitutional Inheritance

By |2020-03-03T17:29:07-06:00September 8th, 2019|Categories: Congress, Conservatism, Constitution, Donald Trump, Populism, Presidency, Timeless Essays|

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. Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the opportunity [...]

Why Nationalism Won’t Save Us From Globalism

By |2019-07-02T17:06:43-05:00January 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 |2018-11-23T11:24:21-06:00November 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 |2019-11-21T19:44:40-06:00October 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 [...]

Misunderstanding Populism

By |2019-08-22T14:38:50-05:00October 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 the [...]

Conservatism and Our Constitutional Inheritance

By |2019-07-18T15:53:31-05:00September 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 conserve. [...]

Ideas and American Politics

By |2019-04-30T15:07:09-05:00August 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 substantial [...]

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, but [...]

The End of Ideas in American Politics?

By |2019-09-05T11:55:35-05:00February 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 solving [...]

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