Category: Political Theory

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

The City and the Gods: The Case for the Liberal Order

I’m pleased to publish this guest feature from Dr. Paul D. Miller of the ERLC.

/ November 6, 2017

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

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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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 On Monday, the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) rescinded their invitation to Milo Yiannopoulos after a video recording emerged which many interpreted to be a defense of pedophilia.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

On the Executive Order Regarding Refugees

Over the weekend, I suggested that the text of the now infamous and widely criticized Executive Order on refugees was, as written, “neither insane nor obviously unChristian.”

/ February 1, 2017

An Introduction to the Reformed Doctrine of the Two Kingdoms

I’m really excited to publish this post today from my friend Eric Hutchinson, classics professor at Hillsdale College. One of the projects I see Mere O taking on in the coming days is trying to outline some basic principles of political...

/ January 5, 2017