Author Archives: Gilbert T. Sewall

Bernard Lewis: The Bush Administration’s Court Intellectual

He was brilliant, but his vanity turned him into a reckless alarmist and a pro-Israeli partisan.

How We Defined Deviancy Down and Got a Culture of Violence

In the wake of another school shooting, Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s warning is more relevant than ever.

E.R. Dodds and Our Age of Anxiety

He saw a reflection of our modern age in the Hellenic struggle with individual choice centuries ago.

Elon Musk: Government-Subsidized Pied Piper

The captain of cheesy stunts, his trendy space debris is destined to orbit the sun for an estimated billion years.

Thomas Cole: Artist, Romantic, Anti-Jacobin

The American painter bequeathed to us brilliant landscapes and trenchant warnings about how republicanism fails.

The Man Who Foresaw the West’s Fantasia

While he couldn’t predict selfies, multiculturalism, or Oprah, Daniel Bell sensed the rage against bourgeois order would eventually lead to crisis.

Pitirim Sorokin Revisited

How one scholar predicted the West’s deterioration into sexual libertinism.

Christopher Columbus: At the Center of the Culture War

The battle over his legacy has less to do with history than with dominating the present.

Harvard’s Chilling Crusade Against Greek Life

Where does campus policing of private behavior and association end?

Will Europe Restrict African Migration?

France’s Macron touches a third rail of Western politics.

Summer of Love, Winter of Decline

1967 flower power harvested weeds of chaos. Trust me, I was there.

Voice of the Davos Crowd

Faced with rising populism, a former Economist editor can offer only globalist clichés.

Robert Nisbet’s Conservatism

A friend of the great sociologist on why we need his insight today.

Donald Trump and the Ghost of Christopher Lasch

America’s yeoman class revolts.