Category: Political Theory

The Jedi are Selfless: Nationalism, Identity, the Humanities, and Liberalism

By Paul. D Miller Let me tell you a story. There was once a young man who had a comfortable, loving home. But one day his home was attacked, and everything he held dear was threatened. He was forced to...

/ May 8, 2019

The Evangelical Innovators C. S. Lewis Warned Us About

In 1943, C. S. Lewis published The Abolition of Man in an attempt to warn the world about the Innovators, educators who were corrupting the minds of children, turning them into “men without chests.” If Lewis were to write again...

/ April 24, 2019
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Natural Law and the Prospects of Persuasion

By James Clark When American evangelicals began to earnestly engage in conventional politics in the 1950s, a problem emerged. As David L. Weeks put it in a 2001 article, “Evangelicals have never developed a coherent and compelling political philosophy. Instead,...

/ April 15, 2019

Whose Reaganism? Which Republicanism?

In an intriguing document published last week at First Things and signed by a number of prominent dissident conservatives, the drafters called for an end to “warmed-over Reaganism,” and exhorted America’s conservatives to embrace a communal conservatism that values home, small community, and that...

/ March 27, 2019

Sealed in Blood: Aristopopulism and the City of Man

You can access a print-friendly copy of this essay using the green button at left. Table of Contents After Liberalism Failed Tankies and Tocquevillians The Critic’s Critics The Ways of Judgment Political Animals Comedies and Common Goods Slave State Liberalism...

/ March 19, 2019

In Praise of Uncertainty

Imagine that you are a young man and one day your father commands you to find the donkeys that have wandered off, like poor young Saul was commanded to do in 1 Samuel. How will you do this? To find the...

/ November 1, 2018

Book Review: The Life of Roman Republicanism by Joy Connolly

By Coyle Neal In some ways, Dr. Joy Connolly’s introduction to the formal study of Rome mirrors my own. “I began to study the republican tradition in earnest in 2001, at a time when the promise of rescue it offered—by...

/ February 19, 2018

Debating the Actual Crisis of Liberalism

Now that the dust has settled a bit on the Mortara debate prompted by Fr. Cessario at First Things, I want to ask a more general question about the state of play between the more radical anti-liberals in the religious conservative...

/ January 23, 2018

A Consequentialist Theory of Voting

By Stephen Wolfe The Trump and Moore political campaigns raise an important question for Christians: does one endorse the moral life of the candidate he votes for? Surprisingly, there seems to be consensus on this, regardless of one’s willingness to...

/ December 14, 2017

On the City and the Gods: A Lost Chapter of Aristotle

By Greg Forster Having considered Socrates’ proposals in the Republic for the community of women and property, and his somewhat modified proposals in the Laws, we now consider his fanciful proposal in the less well-known dialogue Glaucon for a city...

/ November 15, 2017