Author Archives: Bradley J. Birzer

Hope on a Rose

I don’t think any parent will ever get over the loss of a child, and I don’t think we’re meant to.

What is Classical Liberal History?

It begins with the recognition of the inherent worth of the individual—but no one school has the corner on that market.

Trust No One: The X-Files at 25

The series not only foreshadowed creeping empire and the New World Order, but the dangers of an intrusive security state.

Does Anyone Remember the Spirit of ‘76?

This TAC writer does, recalling how his Kansas hometown, ‘tired and sick and angry’ took the bicentennial into their own hands.

Marillion: Prog-Rock’s Bards of Alienation

Since their breakout in the 1980’s they’ve transcended their critics and themselves—and without a corporate label.

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.

Russell Kirk at 100

In an age of crass politics, remembering the man who laid American conservatism’s roots.

What Does Classical Education Have to Do With Revolution?

The Origins of the Modern State Part IV: The Roman republic in the American founding.

Bring on the Conservative Debate for Immigration

For what it’s worth, the best of our ancestors believed in the free movement of peoples.

Heroism and Realism in Christopher Nolan’s Batman

Our most popular superhero isn’t a clown or carnival freak—he’s a great symbol of an urban age.

A Mighty Symbol of Free People Over a Millennia

The Origins of the Modern State Part III: Oaks and Representation

The Republic Was Never Supposed to Be Forever

The Origins of the Modern State, Part II: Ancient Greece and Rome

An Ode to Progressive Rock

Meet Big Big Train: Third-wave ‘prog’ is smart, creative, and not going anywhere.

The Origins of the Modern State: A Conservative View

God seems to have been the first hard-core decentralist anti-statist but how did we get here? It’s worth unpacking.

Promoting Human Dignity Since 1844: Hillsdale College

No Senator Merkley, our conservative college doesn’t serve to discriminate.

Stranger Things 2: A Little Mind Flaying

80’s nostalgia-driven series is better—and weaker—than Season 1.

Introducing ‘The Moot’

TAC president Bradley Birzer launches a new blog and wants your help in feeding this (creative) beast!

Out of the Shire: Life Beyond Tolkien

Has authentic romanticism in literature peaked?

Viva Margaret Atwood!

The author of The Handmaid’s Tale is no statist ideologue.

I Once Lived in Hawkins, Indiana

Stranger Things provides a rush of nostalgia for children of the ’80s.

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