Article Archive

We Could Use a Shelby Foote Today

One of the greatest Civil War historians saw nobility in the stars and bars.

November 29, 2017

He Was a Lifelong Buddy

And he doesn’t belong in a cage. Coping when a dear friend is sentenced to prison.

October 30, 2017

The Real Buffalo Rises

How one American city lost, and then reclaimed its destiny.

October 5, 2017

California Split

The post-election “Calexit” movement owes as much to petulance as to principle.

March 24, 2017

Populism Needs Place-ism

When unmoored, populism begets a twister of nationalistic nothingness

November 7, 2016

Business Class

In praise of the middle-class man of commerce and letters.

October 27, 2016

The Meaning of ‘America First’

Trump draws on a century-old slogan, albeit imperfectly.

October 21, 2016

Party Like It’s 1896

Today’s GOP defectors don’t measure up to the principled third-party candidates of yore.

May 27, 2016

By the Time I Got to Phoenix

The persuasive power of hospitality, family, and ice cream

March 18, 2016

Why They Love Trump

Like William Randolph Hearst before him, the celebrity’s anti-elitist bluster speaks to genuine resentment.

January 12, 2016

Bob Dylan, Christian Anarchist

If there’s anything the U.S. needs right now, it’s some old-fashioned rulebreakers.

November 5, 2015

Bernie Sanders—Yes or No?

Vermonters weigh in on the radical old man of the 2016 race.

August 18, 2015

Essays Against the Man

A Muckdog reporter looks back on 30 years of journalism

June 26, 2015

What Drove Booth Tarkington?

How a 20th-century gentleman from Indiana fought giantism

May 8, 2015

James Webb, War Novelist

The former senator’s literary work displays his noninterventionist past and appealing populism.

April 10, 2015

America’s Home-Made Art

The essential work of reclaiming local artisanship

January 30, 2015

The Zephyr Before the Storm

How one underdog candidate heralds a coming political hurricane

October 31, 2014

Love Is the Answer to Empire

Reclaiming citizenship means rescuing the color and vitality of home from the march of imperial gray.

October 24, 2014

Grover Cleveland’s Better Half

Frankie Cleveland was known for wearing low-cut gowns and selling liver pills.

October 17, 2014

Still America First

Quaker Oats heir Bob Stuart fought to keep America at peace—then he went to war.

July 18, 2014