The Left vs. Human Nature

By |2018-09-20T12:55:30-05:00March 3rd, 2015|Tags: , |

The Left does not like the idea of human nature. It tells them they are not free to do what they want. From a factual perspective, it tells them people do not change much, so the way things were in the past is mostly how they will be in the future. From a moral [...]

Downplaying Doctrine

By |2015-01-23T15:54:57-05:00January 23rd, 2015|Tags: , |

Man is a rational animal. That does not mean he is always reasonable, but it does mean that his actions are guided by what he believes about the world and how it hangs together. Reality comes first for him, or at least it should and often does. That is one reason love of God—of the Most [...]

Should the Church Be Involved in Politics?

By |2014-12-12T15:12:49-05:00December 12th, 2014|Tags: , |

For more than 1500 years the Church was a major influence on Western politics. That is how it should be. Ultimate standards matter, and if the Church does not explain what they are and how to apply them someone else will. It is not an improvement when her authority gives way to that of [...]

Against Inclusiveness by James Kalb

By |2016-11-04T19:18:48-05:00December 15th, 2013|Tags: |

Against Inclusiveness by James Kalb Diversity. Inclusiveness. Equality.—ubiquitous words in 21st-century American political and social life. But how do those who police the limits of acceptable discourse employ these as verbal weapons to browbeat their often hapless fellows into having a “real conversation”? How do these terms function as mere doublespeak for the expectation of full-scale [...]

Conservatism: Its Meaning and Prospects

By |2016-08-03T10:37:00-05:00November 17th, 2013|Tags: , |

Conservatism at bottom is resistance to the technocratic project, the modern attempt to turn the social world into a sort of universal machine for the maximum satisfaction of preferences. That project has been growing up for a long time. It comes out of an understanding of knowledge and the world with its roots in the [...]

Good Sense, Conservatism and Faith

By |2013-11-14T09:33:46-05:00November 14th, 2013|Tags: , |

Is religious faith necessary for conservatism? A more basic question is whether it is necessary for good sense, since it is for the sake of good sense that we are conservative. If it were otherwise, conservatism would be a hobby or an ideology, and it is neither; it is simply the appearance good sense takes [...]

Out of the Antiworld of Liberal Modernity

By |2014-01-29T14:14:11-05:00October 13th, 2013|Tags: , |

Recent liberal successes, such as the ongoing redefinition of marriage to include same-sex relationships, dramatize the failure of social conservatism in public discussion. What is most striking to conservatives about the situation is the conviction among intelligent and influential people that conservative social views are altogether baseless, so that adherence to them is an [...]