Nov./Dec. 2014


A Tax on Patriotism

Lions of Europe

The Zephyr Before the Storm

John McCain’s Terrorists

Telling friends from enemies in Iraq and Syria is largely a matter of guesswork.


How Not to Spend Political Capital

Front Lines

How Leviathan Ate U.S. History

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

Can We Hurt the Islamic State?

Punitive raids won’t destroy ISIS—but they don’t have to.

Front Porch Revolution

Wendell Berry’s cure for partisanship

Grand Strategy Is Bunk

Theories of global power just excuse U.S. hubris.

Cover Story

Obama Is a Republican

He’s the heir to Richard Nixon, not Saul Alinsky.


No Hobbits Here

An Aussie considers the virtues and vices of New Zealand.

American Machiavelli

James Burnham reveals how our oligarchy rules.

Roadblock on Main Street

How federal housing policies run downtowns out of business

Don Colacho’s Epitaphs

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

The Moral Path to Peace

Self-restraint is the first step to avoiding war.

‘Duck Dynasty’ vs. Dante

Masscult drives a wedge between grassroots and elite conservatives.