Category: Politics

Polis/Counter-polis: On the Civic Benedict Option

October 2016 was a simpler, more innocent time. We were all youths, wet behind the ears; we look back at ourselves with a kind of bemused affection. Rod Dreher assumed, surely—we all assumed—that Hillary Clinton would win in November, that...

/ April 18, 2017
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The Religious Right Is Not a Subsidiary of the Alt-Right

In a recent essay for The New Republic, religion reporter Sarah Posner contends that the Religious Right has “effectively become a subsidiary of the alt-right, yoked to Trump’s white nationalist agenda.” By effectively wedding themselves to Trump’s narrative about ‘American...

/ March 27, 2017

On Gratitude and the Fifth Commandment

We are pleased to publish this guest feature from Dr. Eric Hutchinson of Hillsdale College. In my first two posts, we’ve seen what the classical two-kingdoms distinction was for the sixteenth century Reformers, whether “Lutheran” or “Reformed,” and also the...

/ March 8, 2017
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On Presidential Politics and Evangelical Cultural Clout

If you’ll indulge me, I’m going to circle back around to Emma Green’s review of Rod’s book while also linking it to Katelyn Beaty’s review of the same published earlier this week in the Washington Post.

/ March 3, 2017
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Do Evangelicals Actually Want an Originalist on the Supreme Court?

We’re pleased to publish this guest feature by Matt Mellema and Ian Speir. President Trump’s tapping of Judge Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court has won near-universal praise from the Religious Right. Gorsuch has been lauded as an articulate originalist,...

/ February 27, 2017
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Freeing Speech: Free Speech, Milo, and the University

A peculiar and noteworthy feature of our cultural conversations around the subject of free speech is their narrow focus upon the non-proscription of expression. If we were to employ Isaiah Berlin’s taxonomy, we could say that these conversations have framed...

/ February 24, 2017
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Forget Milo. Roger Scruton Can Make CPAC Great Again

We are pleased to publish this guest feature by Bryan Baise. On Monday, the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) rescinded their invitation to Milo Yiannopoulos after a video recording emerged which many interpreted to be a defense of pedophilia. Milo has...

/ February 21, 2017
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Attending to the Language: Trump and the GOP Leadership

In one of his books Christopher Hitchens advised his readers to always attend to the language used by the people they are studying or covering. The way the person uses language will often tell you things far more important than...

/ February 13, 2017
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Climate change is political and there’s nothing wrong with that.

Donald Trump was sworn in as President at noon on Friday, January 20th. Within an hour, all references to climate change had been removed from the White House website. He has stacked key positions with outspoken climate change deniers, and...

/ February 8, 2017
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Gorsuch a Time as This: Does Neil Gorsuch Vindicate Critics of #NeverTrump?

President Donald Trump made good on one of his most prominent campaign promises by nominating Judge Neil Gorsuch to succeed Justice Antonin Scalia on the United States Supreme Court. In response, many of my lawyer friends tweeted at me with gifs...

/ February 2, 2017