Ten Books Turning Our Freshmen into Social Justice Warriors

By |2017-09-29T10:43:59-05:00June 7th, 2017|Categories: Books, Education, Featured, Social Order|

If colleges are rapidly increasing the amount of social justice-based material that they feed their students, is it any wonder that they are experiencing a surge in protests…? It seems one can’t open an internet browser these days without seeing some new story on the unrest and chaos prevailing throughout college campuses. One of [...]

Can We Heal the Divisions of this Election?

By |2016-12-05T09:03:40-06:00November 11th, 2016|Categories: Donald Trump, Featured, Political Philosophy, Politics, Rhetoric, Social Order, Western Civilization|

How could anyone vote for him?” “How could anyone vote for her?” In a contentious election between candidates with historically high disapproval ratings, voters across the country were asking such questions, incredulous that their fellow Americans could be on the other side this time. These questions were encouraged by the rhetorical strategies of both campaigns, which focused on [...]

The Crisis of Human Order

By |2020-01-14T11:42:47-06:00September 19th, 2016|Categories: Civilization, Economics, History, Social Order, Western Civilization|

Editor’s Note: This is the third and final essay in a series; the first essay may be found here; the second may be found here. Analyzed Partial Responses Two other responses to crisis can be identified: economic individualism and spiritual individualism. Here we can give only a simplified characterization of each position. For unlike the [...]

John Adams on the Passion for Distinction in Society

By |2019-07-09T14:22:23-05:00September 14th, 2016|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Civil Society, Democracy, Featured, John Adams, Liberty, Monarchy, Politics, Social Order|

Political Architecture: The Natural Order of the Many A full understanding of the passion for distinction requires that we look at man not only as the object of attention but also as the agent of notice, as he responds to other men who excel him in any of the qualities of fortune. Viewing men in [...]

Could Adam Smith Have Loved Distributism?

By |2019-08-30T20:55:58-05:00April 24th, 2016|Categories: Distributism, Economics, Social Order|

With this essay, I am venturing into unfamiliar territory. My previous essays featured in this journal have been distillations of my academic research. This is not the case here. I regard myself sufficiently well-informed so as to be a knowledgeable consumer of writings on the political economy of distributism, but not yet—though I am currently striving [...]

The Enduring Significance of Edmund Burke

By |2018-10-16T20:24:33-05:00July 9th, 2015|Categories: Conservatism, Edmund Burke, Featured, Order, Ordered Liberty, RAK, Russell Kirk, Social Order|

What Matthew Arnold called “an epoch of concentration” seems to be impending over the English-speaking world. The revolutionary impulses and the social enthusiasms which have dominated this era since their great explosion in Russia are now confronted with a countervailing physical and intellectual force. Communism, Fascism, and their kindred expansive ideologies all in their [...]

The First Dystopian: Robert Hugh Benson

By |2017-01-10T15:34:47-06:00April 24th, 2015|Categories: Books, Dystopia, Dystopian Literature series by Bradley Birzer, Social Order|

The first great dystopian writers of the twentieth century came from upstanding British families. Arguably the first twentieth-century dystopian, Robert Hugh Benson was the third son of E.W. Benson, the Archbishop of Canterbury (1882-1896). Following the wishes of his father, Robert took holy orders as an Anglican priest, but, much to the shock of [...]

A Guide to Dystopian Literature

By |2018-09-25T16:24:25-05:00April 1st, 2015|Categories: Books, Dystopia, Dystopian Literature series by Bradley Birzer, Featured, Social Order|

Preface For almost as long as I have had the privilege of reading, I have read dystopian literature. I started with Fahrenheit 451 and The Martian Chronicles, but I soon rather quickly devoured Brave New World, Animal Farm, and Nineteen Eighty-Four as well as many of the works of Robert Heinlein, Ursula Le Guin, [...]

Fables of Fragility

By |2014-01-31T14:37:50-06:00November 16th, 2013|Categories: Politics, Social Order|Tags: , |

By the time George Orwell’s Animal Farm appeared in August of 1945, its readers were well prepared to sift the animals that constitute its cast of characters for their real-life analogues. The atrocities of Joseph Stalin’s totalitarian regime had come sufficiently to light that even leftist sympathizers and card-carrying Communists like Orwell could no longer ignore [...]

Turkish Riots: Boogie on the Bosphorus

By |2014-01-23T12:00:27-06:00June 9th, 2013|Categories: Democracy, Politics, Social Order, Stephen Masty|

One of the most delightful things about foreigners and their problems is that it lets us indulge in ignorance, condescension and cheap politics all at once. Besides being good old-fashioned fun, these are the three major principles on which the West now reclines. Take the Turkish riots. To spoil the plot, kids, this mirrors [...]

William Gaston, Race, and Religion in North Carolina

By |2020-05-20T11:51:50-05:00May 25th, 2013|Categories: Religion, Social Order, South, Stephen M. Klugewicz|Tags: |

Gaston County and the county seat of Gastonia, located in the southwestern part of North Carolina, bear his name, a fitting tribute to the easterner who came to support the rights of his western brethren. In his day, his legal acumen was hailed by none other than the great Luther Martin of Maryland, perhaps [...]

Crisis of Fatherhood

By |2016-02-14T16:01:06-06:00April 27th, 2013|Categories: Catholicism, Communio, Marriage, Social Institutions, Social Order, Stratford Caldecott|

The current issue of HUMANUM, the freely available online journal of the Pope John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family in Washington, DC (from the Institute’s Center for Pastoral and Cultural Research) is devoted to the crisis of fatherhood in our culture. It contains articles and book reviews devoted to the [...]