Ideas

Thomas Jefferson is America and America is Thomas Jefferson

He was the best of us, the worst of us, and the finest mind we’ve ever produced.

The American Mind is as Closed as Ever

Thirty years ago, Allan Bloom’s The Closing of the American Mind stunned academia and predicted our present day.

Religious Conservatives Can Remind the Rest of Us How to Argue

Traditionalists like Edward Feser and David Bentley Hart often disagree, but respectfully. The rest of academia should take note.

How the Cult of the Colossal Imperils American Agriculture

Stressed-out farmers today only grow food for global consumption, and that is leading to a crisis at home.

In Defense of Ethnic Nationalism

As Lithuania shows, sometimes a return to ethnic identity can mean liberation.

Elon Musk: Government-Subsidized Pied Piper

The captain of cheesy stunts, his trendy space debris is destined to orbit the sun for an estimated billion years.

The Secular Benedict Option

While society continues to drug itself into a tech-enabled stupor, conservatives can “re-norm” the human connection.

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Where is Real Statesmanship When We Need it Most?

Nothing is more antithetical to America’s constitutional ethos than to demand that our opponents surrender unconditionally.

Scrapping Economics and Starting Over

Market fundamentalism has been exposed as soulless. Before we forge ahead, we need to realize the scope of what we’ve lost.

Our Great Awakening to the Ethics of Technology

The 2016 election in particular has made clear the perils of social media. But where do we go from here?

The Man Who Foresaw the West’s Fantasia

While he couldn’t predict selfies, multiculturalism, or Oprah, Daniel Bell sensed the rage against bourgeois order would eventually lead to crisis.

Is Democracy to Blame for the Loneliness Epidemic?

Tocqueville warned that the American ideal could lead to increased rootlessness and isolation.

Berkeley Is Collapsing in on Itself

Financial and social costs that began 50 years ago are devouring this iconic university system.

The End of Endism?

Almost three decades after “the end of history” thesis emerged, the problems of modernity remain.

What If Rousseau Was Right?

New book argues man’s ‘progression’ into agriculture and civilization was really a mistake.

Our Shocking Acceptance of State Sanctioned Violence

Too many jurors, acting like sheep.

‘Who Goes Nazi’ Now?

Dorothy Thompson’s 1941 paranoid ‘parlor game’ just as (un) useful today.