Was G.K. Chesterton a Socialist?

By |2019-05-26T16:01:44-05:00May 25th, 2019|Categories: Distributism, Economics, G.K. Chesterton, Joseph Pearce, Senior Contributors, Socialism, Uncategorized|

G.K. Chesterton’s ideas concerning government intervention in the economy have led some to believe that he may have been a socialist. They argue that the political creed of distributism, which Chesterton advocated, would involve the coercive redistribution of wealth. But are these critics right in their characterization of Chesterton’s ideas? One of the weirdest [...]

Can Only a God Save Us Now?

By |2017-07-24T16:46:33-05:00July 24th, 2017|Categories: Christianity, Culture, Culture War, Democracy, Modernity, Morality, Politics, Socialism, Tyranny, Western Civilization|

Western civilization has been gutted from within. At the core of this moral bankruptcy is a watered-down Christianity that lacks the conviction to defend itself… Today mankind enjoys unprecedented technology, but lacks the wisdom to regard technology as a tool in the service of life, and not an end in itself. The difference between [...]

A Healthcare Solution: Solidarity, Not Socialism

By |2017-09-19T09:32:48-05:00June 17th, 2017|Categories: Catholicism, Christianity, Featured, Government, Joseph Pearce, Politics, Rights, Senior Contributors, Socialism|

The answer to the healthcare conundrum is not be found in Congress or in the White House, or in any draconian centre of usurped power; it is to be found on our own doorstep, in our own homes and in the homes of our neighbors… Healthcare is a problem, and not apparently a merely [...]

The End of Socialism

By |2016-06-04T22:09:55-05:00June 4th, 2016|Categories: Adam Smith, Bradley J. Birzer, Economics, Free Markets, Socialism, Wilhelm Roepke|

James R. Otteson, the Thomas W. Smith Presidential Chair in Business Ethics at Wake Forest University, possesses one of the greatest minds in defense of classical liberalism in the modern era. He has authored two definitive works on Adam Smith, a clear rebuttal of the ethics of Peter Singer, and now a crucial attack [...]

The Ideologies of Capitalism and Socialism

By |2019-05-16T13:32:47-05:00April 19th, 2015|Categories: Capitalism, Conservatism, Economics, Featured, RAK, Russell Kirk, Socialism|

Russell Kirk “Capitalism” and “socialism” both are 19th century ideological tags; they delude and ensnare, as do all ideologies. Zealots for “democratic capitalism” seem to have forgotten that it was Karl Marx who made the word “capitalism” a theoretical concept. Surviving enthusiasts for an abstraction called “socialism” impose killing burdens upon themselves [...]

Credo

By |2015-01-19T15:21:59-05:00January 18th, 2015|Categories: Poetry, Socialism, Stephen Masty|

That socialism is, you see, A foolish ideology; While gilded creeds of every miser Leave us, frankly, none the wiser; Thronging after what is new And slick is not the best to do; To feast on gadgets or repasts; Is to ignore the Joy that lasts, And that disposability Kills unborn, but also we; [...]

Does Economic Inequality Matter?

By |2015-01-05T08:28:28-05:00January 5th, 2015|Categories: Bruce Frohnen, Economics, Socialism|

President Obama has spent much of his time and effort “fighting economic inequality” since before his presidency began. Tax policies, spending programs, and rhetoric have combined over the past six years in particular to form a veritable War on Economic Inequality during his administration. This has led many in the Republican Party to snicker [...]

John Stuart Mill: False Prophet of Liberty

By |2014-08-20T16:56:41-05:00August 21st, 2014|Categories: Bruce Frohnen, Government, John Stuart Mill, Liberty, Socialism|

As long as there have been “libertarians,” there has been hero worship of John Stuart Mill. This Nineteenth Century utilitarian author, most famously of On Liberty, has been looked to as a kind of fount of holy writ for individualism. And Mill was an individualist. Unfortunately, he was not a supporter of liberty in [...]

We Are All Liberals Now

By |2014-07-06T01:21:55-05:00July 5th, 2014|Categories: Conservatism, Liberalism, Socialism|Tags: |

Recently, Matt Bruenig wrote an article in The Week called, “Why U.S. conservatives should embrace socialist, European-style economics,” subtitled, “The benefits to the traditional family are clear.” His arguments are not easy to dismiss, and I think it is about time someone made this case—not that I would necessarily agree that he is right. In [...]

Darling of the Dark Enlightenment: The Aristocratic & Radical Traditionalist Julius Evola

By |2018-11-09T12:18:46-05:00May 18th, 2014|Categories: Conservatism, Fascism, Russia, Socialism|Tags: |

Julias Evola’s Passport Photo, 1940 Defining “Right-wing” is not an easy task. While Russell Kirk’s definition of conservatism is the rejection of ideology (which is materialist and, as Bradley J. Birzer puts it in “Russell Kirk on the Errors of Ideology,” falsely “promises mankind an earthly paradise”), the basic and general catch-all [...]

George Orwell’s Despair

By |2018-10-16T20:24:47-05:00September 23rd, 2013|Categories: George Orwell, RAK, Russell Kirk, Socialism|Tags: |

In the twentieth century, no novelist exerted a stronger influence upon political opinion, in Britain and America, than did George Orwell. Also Orwell was the most telling writer about poverty. In a strange and desperate way, Orwell was a lover of the permanent things. Yet because he could discern no source of abiding justice [...]

An Imperfect Genius: Footnotes to George Orwell

By |2014-01-21T10:38:08-05:00September 13th, 2013|Categories: George Orwell, Socialism|Tags: |

George Orwell It is ironic that more than a half century after George Orwell’s death, the famous socialist pundit is perhaps most appreciated by political conservatives. This fact highlights his ambivalent intellectual legacy. But something should also be said about Orwell’s literary legacy, lest we overlook the shortcomings of an otherwise brilliant author. Liam Julian [...]