Ways to Fight Big Tech

By |2021-01-15T10:52:54-06:00January 14th, 2021|Categories: David Deavel, Information Age, Senior Contributors, Technology|

The social-media giants won't stop censoring conservative speech anytime soon. Why would they? The reality is that conservatives must fight back against big tech immediately. Here are several ways to do it. Will you see this essay on Facebook or Twitter? Maybe, maybe not. The two major social media networks have been censoring political speech [...]

Conservative Skepticism and the Pandemic

By |2020-12-29T20:06:20-06:00December 29th, 2020|Categories: American Republic, Coronavirus, David Deavel, Economics, Politics, Senior Contributors, Timeless Essays|

Conservatives tend to be skeptical about the doom-and-gloom scenarios that are being presented as absolute certainties unless the country as a whole is essentially shut down for months. Many have called us “deniers” or accused us of valuing money over human life. But I believe that this skepticism is both eminently reasonable and will [...]

Moral Realism in Christmas Fantasy: “The Family Man”

By |2020-12-25T12:56:16-06:00December 25th, 2020|Categories: Christmas, Culture, David Deavel, Family, Film, Morality, Senior Contributors|

Just as the advent of the Savior at Christmastime did not eliminate the consequences of human sin and foolishness but opened a new way forward, so too the vision of Jack Campbell in “The Family Man” does not change his wasted last thirteen years but opens up the possibility of a very different future [...]

Climbing the Mountain of Education With John Henry Newman

By |2020-12-16T20:36:14-06:00December 16th, 2020|Categories: David Deavel, Education, Liberal Learning, Senior Contributors, St. John Henry Newman|

As St. John Henry Newman explains in his book “The Idea of a University,” education is the process by which a mind is formed not just to learn facts and ideas but to be able to think about how they are connected. And when Newman gives an image for that process, he points toward [...]

“Persuasion’s” Principles for Popping the Question

By |2020-12-01T15:11:56-06:00December 1st, 2020|Categories: David Deavel, Great Books, Jane Austen, Marriage, Morality, Senior Contributors|

Jane Austen’s “Persuasion” is the story of Anne Elliott, who has broken one engagement, rejected another, and is still single and pining after the man whom she would have married. Austen brings the theme of right marriage to perfection here: Nobility of heart and mind is more important than nobility of title and excess [...]

It’s a Wonderful Sports Entertainment Life: “Fighting With My Family”

By |2020-11-18T14:03:01-06:00November 18th, 2020|Categories: Culture, David Deavel, Family, Film, Senior Contributors|

The 2019 film “Fighting With My Family,” though not life-changing, is a nice change of pace from the movies where doing one’s own thing is depicted as the heroic, authentic thing. It is pleasantly anti-modern in its conception of family and work, as the family’s good is portrayed as more important than self-doubts about [...]

The St. John Paul II Guild & the Future of Education

By |2020-11-14T10:04:10-06:00November 14th, 2020|Categories: American Republic, David Deavel, Education, History, Homeschooling, Liberal Learning, Senior Contributors|

American history is a subject that has suffered from bad teaching, and public education in general is profoundly deforming in so many ways these days. This is why John Niemann, a veteran teacher at classical schools in the Twin Cities, saw a need several years ago and met it with the Saint John Paul [...]

An Intellectual Father to the End: Edward E. Ericson, Jr.

By |2020-11-04T14:01:38-06:00November 5th, 2020|Categories: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, David Deavel, Liberal Learning, Literature, Senior Contributors|

Professor Edward E. Ericson, Jr. was an intellectual father to me. He shared the belief of the Russians that great literature can change lives, and that true literature which does not forget God or man or the particularities of life is ultimately more powerful than politics or even political philosophy. It might be mom [...]

Larry Elder’s “Uncle Tom”: The Challenge for Black Conservatives

By |2020-10-30T15:21:57-05:00October 30th, 2020|Categories: American Republic, Conservatism, Culture, David Deavel, Film, Politics, Senior Contributors|

Larry Elder’s film “Uncle Tom” is a must-see for anybody who thinks all black people think alike or that American black history is simply a history of victimhood. They’re black, they’re proud, and they’re all-American—just like the film they’re in. While it is unlikely that blacks will vote as a majority for Donald Trump [...]

Wanted: More University Presidents Like Morton Schapiro

By |2020-10-26T15:57:43-05:00October 26th, 2020|Categories: David Deavel, Education, Justice, Liberal Learning, Senior Contributors, Truth|

Other university presidents, provosts, and deans need to support and emulate President Morton Schapiro of Northwestern University. If they can find the courage to support somebody else standing up against the mob, they might find that they have the courage to stand up to their own mobs and discover that when there is no [...]

Properly Political Scientists: The Great Barrington Declaration

By |2020-10-13T12:57:24-05:00October 14th, 2020|Categories: Coronavirus, David Deavel, Economics, Politics, Science, Senior Contributors|

Science does not give us all the answers. When it comes to forming policy, there are no technocratic answers. The Great Barrington Declaration is a sensible statement by a group of scientists daring to stand against the “consensus” of experts. It is based not merely on science but on prudent thought based on a [...]

Go to Top