Arts & Letters

Michael Hogue

When Greece Was Rich—and Why

Did political decentralization foster classical civilization?

Joseph Smith receives golden plates from the angel Moroni / Wikimedia Commons

The Mormon King of Lake Michigan

J.J. Strang was stranger than fiction.



Revisiting Sarah Schulman’s satire-tragedy of 1990s New York City

Miguel Davilla

On Point

Is there a politics of punctuation?


The Prettiest Star

RIP, David Robert Jones

Christopher Jackson as George Washington and the cast of "Hamilton". Photo by Joan Marcus.

‘Hamilton’ and the Romance of Government

The hit Broadway musical risks becoming a love song to America’s regime.

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The American Conservative’s 2015 Books Symposium

Our writers recommend the year’s best—and a few older gems to be rediscovered.

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