Arts & Letters

Michael Hogue

Can You Trust James Madison?

A new book on the founding father complicates the Philadelphia Convention cult’s enterprise.

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The Making of Éamon de Valera

How did a buttoned-up conservative become an Irish revolutionary?

Edwin Longsden Long, Uncle Tom and Little Eva, 1866

Why I Teach Uncle Tom’s Cabin

Harriet Beecher Stowe’s birthday is an opportunity to remember her incredible talent.


Progressive Eugenics

Many of the Left’s signature policies have origins in the most illiberal forms of social engineering.


Six Lefts Make a Right

Many eminent intellectuals became conservative by rejecting the utopian schemes of leftist radicalism.

"High-Rise" Image courtesy Magnolia Pictures.

Tower Block Dystopia

In High-Rise, the initial glamour of 1970s modernism descends into decadence and violence.


Philanthropy Without Charity

To give effectively, give locally—and compassionately.

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