Michael Davis

The Hideous and the Damned: Arguing with Roger Scruton

By |2016-02-12T15:28:01-05:00March 26th, 2015|Categories: Beauty, C.S. Lewis, Christianity, Poetry, Roger Scruton, T.S. Eliot|Tags: |

I have been encouraged by Mr. Joseph Pearce’s two excellent essays, “How Many Loves? Arguing with C.S. Lewis” and “The Vulgar Mob: Arguing with G.K. Chesterton,” to offer up a little challenge to one thinker who has indelibly influenced my own conservatism. I have tremendous admiration for Roger Scruton’s courage in abandoning his academic [...]

Radical Islam: The Term That Shall Not Be Spoken

By |2015-03-18T15:23:31-05:00March 19th, 2015|Categories: Barack Obama, Foreign Affairs, Islam, Politics, Terrorism, War|Tags: |

The official position of the Obama Administration seems to be that our country is at war with extremism, including but not limited to those who commit acts of terror in the name of Islam. It is also the position of the executive branch that proclaiming war against radical Islam specifically is unjustified, and for two reasons: [...]

Archbishop Welby: Anglo-Distributist?

By |2016-08-03T10:36:40-05:00November 30th, 2014|Categories: Anglicanism, Christendom, Distributism|Tags: |

Justin Welby, the humble and good-humored Archbishop of Canterbury, marked himself from the beginning of his reign by the contrast he struck with his predecessor Rowan Williams, now Baron of Oystermouth. Lord Williams was one of the seminal reasons for my conversion to Anglicanism. He was born in Ystradgynlais in Swansea, Wales, to a [...]

Anglican Church in North America

By |2014-10-19T11:30:12-05:00October 19th, 2014|Categories: Anglicanism|Tags: |

On October 9th, thousands gathered at the Church of the Apostles in Atlanta for the investiture of Foley Beach as Archbishop and Primate of the Anglican Church of North America (ACNA). You would be forgiven for never having heard of Dr. Foley or his church body. The ACNA is the largest single umbrella organization [...]

Poetry, Propaganda, and Political Standards

By |2014-10-06T08:30:35-05:00October 6th, 2014|Categories: Poetry, Politics|Tags: |

I recently reviewed Leo Yankevich’s latest collection, and only just read an interview with Mr. Yankevich given by the publisher, Counter-Currents. I stand by what praise I gave the volume, in spite of Mr. Yankevich’s own admission that “One of the central themes of…Tikkun Olam is the destructiveness of Jewish power.” Such connotations never once occurred [...]

Sea Changes by Derek Turner

By |2014-08-23T16:00:25-05:00August 23rd, 2014|Categories: Books|Tags: |

I regret that this review comes two years too late: Sea Changes was published in 2012, and better minds than my own already praised Mr. Turner’s first novel more deftly than I will be able to. Taki Theodoracopulos (whose ‘High Life’ article in The Spectator is the highlight of my post-church Sunday morning) called [...]

The Massachusetts Republican

By |2014-08-15T16:44:36-05:00August 17th, 2014|Categories: Poetry, Republicans|Tags: |

Thus spake the last of Boston’s Brahmin: “I place no stock in any faction Except those stalwarts of the Union And who prefer the Greek to Latin.” I. Mayor Nichols was well before my time. (He was, I read, a Swedenborgian; I’ve always thought that to be somewhat strange, Not that I would’ve held [...]

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 [...]

A Program for Distributists

By |2014-07-22T11:09:20-05:00June 28th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

No one really disagrees with Distributism, do they? No one would really prefer Wal*Mart to a family-owned general goods store, or McDonalds to the little pub down the street. We are just pulling the wool over our eyes if we think Distributism could actually happen, the anti-Distributist says. Well, look at it this way. [...]

Is David Brat a Rockefeller Republican?

By |2014-06-12T14:35:52-05:00June 12th, 2014|Categories: Politics, Republicans|Tags: |

The Rockefellers get such a bum wrap among conservatives these days. But if you are as excited as I am by David Brat’s historic defeat over Eric Cantor, maybe it is time to dig up the bones of those old GOP centrists. The Rockefeller Republicans were a coalition of Northeast “moderates” who contended with [...]

Márquez and Modernity

By |2014-05-13T14:35:54-05:00May 15th, 2014|Categories: Modernity, War|Tags: |

The death of Gabriel García Márquez gives Conservatives an occasion to reflect on the idea of Modernity. A thoughtful Conservatism unequivocally opposes the rise of Materialism—whether from a religious perspective, like Kirk and Eliot; a Humanist, like Babbitt and Santayana; or a Culturist, like Maurras and Arnold. A fixation with mundane material realities (consumerism, [...]

On Hell

By |2014-03-28T07:34:20-05:00March 25th, 2014|Categories: Christianity, Culture, Religion|Tags: |

Like every mortal, I often catch myself thinking about death. At times I wonder if I don’t more than most, but there’s no way to know for sure. It’s a frightening idea, and for Christians especially, because Hell always comes into the conversation. Hell is rather a poltergeist sort of terror—we assume it’s the [...]