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James Madison, Cheney-Style

Lynne Cheney’s love letter to the fourth president exaggerates more than it enlightens.

Illustration by Michael Hogue

Why Liberalism Means Empire

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


Piketty Is the Anti-Marx

Liberals’ favorite French economist is a pessimistic meliorist, not a burning revolutionary.

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What Is ‘Ethical Conservatism’?

A proposal for a politics of self-restraint in an age of anarchy.

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A Look at the Left

A friendly guide to the Democrat or socialist next door

Local and Global

Two Cheers for Partisan History

Herbert Butterfield was wrong about Whig scholarship.


Horton Foote’s Farewell

A playwright’s last screenplay shows hope for American drama.

Was World War I the Last Crusade?

How religious passions helped fuel the Great War.

A Millennial’s Agrarian Anomie

The generational ties that sustained America’s farms are breaking down under the weight of individualism.

Brent Bozell’s Triumphs

The early conservative giant’s political brilliance was surpassed only by his spiritual zeal, and personal strife.

The Poet of Containment

George F. Kennan’s diaries provide a window into his brilliant mind, and tortured soul.

Who Owns America?

What conservatives of the ’30s teach left and right today about crony capitalism

Can Google Search for Friendship?

The Internet’s easy answers are a recipe for loneliness.

Entranced by Reality

Albert Camus’s humanist philosophy shunned the abstract in favor of the particular.

The Party of Innovation

Copyright reform, looser licensing, and an agenda for a tech-savvy GOP

Rockwell Kent’s Country

In the McCarthy era, painting and politics didn’t mix.