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Hollywood and Cultural Appropriation

How can we tell the difference between bad “cultural appropriation” and the kind that’s intrinsic to culture itself?

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Prophet of Community

To Russell Kirk, sociologist Robert Nisbet represented one of the finest conservative minds of the twentieth century.

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Of Citizens and Covenants

How do we rebuild our fraying social fabric?

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Unwritten Constitutionalist

To understand American conservatism, read Orestes Brownson.

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Through Wendell Berry’s Looking Glass

A new documentary about the author reminds us of the importance of place.

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What Would Tocqueville Say About Trump?

As the role of manners in public life recedes, so do the prospects for a free society.

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The Politics of Magical Thinking

The longterm decline in local government and civil associations is an important piece of the “why Trump?” puzzle.


Umberto Eco’s Lessons on Ur-Fascism

The late Italian philosopher and novelist can help us understand the politics of Trump and Bernie.

What Babbitt Says About 2016

The populist’s fight against the establishment has its roots in the writings of Rousseau.

The Mind of Russell Kirk

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

A New Threat to Freedom of Association

Will mandates requiring causes to disclose donors silence free speech?

Discipline and Rupture at Christmastime

Reading Foucault and de Caussade into an Advent carol of relief over reform

Dialogue on Democracy, Part 7

Many, perhaps most, of the pathologies of our current political order are products of inhuman scale.

Islam and the Clash of Generations

In France, the banners and causes change, but the attraction to revolutionary violence always remains.

Dialogue on Democracy, Part 6

If you argue about politics long enough, you get to something deeper than politics.

Utopianism Is Not a Strategy

E.H. Carr’s Twenty Years’ Crisis remains a realist’s Bible.

Social Justice for Democratic Capitalists

How some Catholics contort Church teaching to fit a Cold War paradigm of economics and politics.