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About Daniel McCarthy

Daniel McCarthy is the editor of The American Conservative. His writing has appeared in a wide variety of other publications, including The Spectator, Reason, Modern Age, and Orion. Outside of journalism, he has worked as internet communications coordinator of the Ron Paul 2008 presidential campaign and senior editor of ISI Books. He is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, where he studied classics. Follow him on Twitter.

Empire’s Chain Reaction

Andrew Bacevich explains our decades-long war for the Greater Middle East.

Trump Beats Clinton the Way He Beat Bush

This election is a referendum on political dynasties and the status quo—even with Gary Johnson and a Kristol candidate in the race.

I Was Wrong About Trump

But I was right about one of the big reasons he’s winning: his enemies.

What Cruz vs. Trump Means

The Texas senator is the establishment’s last, unlikeliest hope to influence the Republican Party’s future.

Rand Paul’s Fall and Rise

Republican realism needs a leader—not just a president.

Voters Don’t Love Rubio the Way Elites Do

South Carolina saved Bob Dole and George W. Bush. It couldn’t save Jeb—and his departure doesn’t make things much easier for Marco.

The End of the Scalia Era

The figure who unified the right after Reagan is gone—and there won’t be another.

Should Rand Have Run Like Ron?

Libertarians have tried fusionism and insurgency—but maybe neither is enough.

The Establishment Wins With Rubio

Neoconservatives and business-class Republicans hope a third-place finish in Iowa is only the beginning.

The Mind of Russell Kirk

How the horrors of war led to the birth of American conservatism.

Iowa’s Next Santorum-Vote Surprise

Christian conservatives know their own hearts and minds—which is good news for Ted Cruz and Ben Carson.

Why the Right Doesn’t Win

How blue states and Christian factionalism keep conservatives at bay.

Is Rand Paul Missing His Giuliani Moment?

Why Iran is the key to Kentucky senator’s future—as well as the liberty movement’s.

Donald Trump Leads a Failed Field

He tops polls because his libertarian, Christian, and Tea Party opponents can’t make a sale.

What the Election Means for the Republican Brand

Can the Alex P. Keaton generation revive the GOP—without starting another war?

American Machiavelli

James Burnham reveals how our oligarchy rules.

Was the American Revolution Secessionist?

No—and it wasn’t necessarily anti-imperialist, either.

Secession Is Not a Principle of Liberty

Carving new states out of existing ones leads to nationalism and security competition, not individual freedom.

Does Liberalism Mean Empire?

Libertarians say no—but history seems to say yes.

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