Ideas

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Considering Thankfulness

“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.”

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Bringing Back Cincinnatus

Why the Department of Agriculture is asking veterans to join the next generation of farmers

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Front Porch Revolution

Wendell Berry’s cure for partisanship

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Occupy Edmund Burke

David Bromwich presents a view from the left of the statesman widely seen as conservatism’s founder.

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Don Colacho’s Epitaphs

Nicolás Gómez Dávila’s aphorisms are a reactionary’s sharpest weapon.

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Man Does Not Live By Tech Alone

Many of us are a bit Luddite when it comes to technology—and that’s good.

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Why Ownership Matters

The new sharing economy may have consequences for the ways we engage on a civic and political level.

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American Machiavelli

James Burnham reveals how our oligarchy rules.

Love Is the Answer to Empire

Reclaiming citizenship means rescuing the color and vitality of home from the march of imperial gray.

The Immorality of American Exceptionalism

A nation cannot be excepted from moral standards any more than an individual.

Sublime Recovery vs. Banal Recovery

Two competing narratives of addiction and recovery are both gaining prominence in American pop culture. Can they coexist?

How Not to Spend Political Capital

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How Leviathan Ate U.S. History

Today’s students think all reform comes from the state.

The End of Ownership and the Obsolescence of Ayn Rand

A 21st-century economy of service will disrupt our arguments over politics and economics alike.

Devolution Is Superior to Secession

Calls for secession are often strong indicators that too much power is centralized.

Is There Capitalism After Cronyism?

What’s wrong with global capitalism, and how to rewrite the rules of the game