Author Archives: Daniel McCarthy

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.

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.

Help The American Conservative Win the Peace

Changing U.S. foreign policy takes a generation—and TAC is shaping the next one of conservatives.

Who Supports Reality-Based Conservatism?

Billionaires and purblind partisans don’t—but The American Conservative isn’t meant for them.

How Obama Learned to Love the Bomb

Air strikes were Bill Clinton’s substitute for strategy. Must they be this president’s crutch as well?

Why Liberalism Means Empire

Democracy isn’t the end of history, it’s a product of power.

Hobby Lobby, Pluralism, and Privacy

Of the many foolish things said about the Hobby Lobby case, a …

Ralph Nader, Tim Carney, and Me: at Cato Tomorrow

If you’re in the D.C. area, drop by the Cato Institute at …

Writers Who Change How You Read

In late 2008 I put myself through a crash course in the …

RT ≠ Endorsement

On air, Liz Wahl quits Russia’s English-language propaganda network. She’s been getting …

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