Category: Political Theory

A National Conservative Awakening

I made my way to the Ritz-Carlton in downtown Washington D.C. for the National Conservatism Conference Sunday evening with some trepidation, unsure what to expect, and feeling wildly out of place among what seemed like a crowd of thinktank wonks,...

/ July 19, 2019

Rise of the Titans: Fascism, Christianity, and the Seduction of the Brutal

If you visit the Hotel du Lac, an inexplicably French-named bed and breakfast catering to German and British on the shores of Lake Garda, in Italy, you will likely see some of the hotel’s collection of decorative inter-war travel posters,...

/ July 16, 2019

In Defense of Nationalism: Notes on Yoram Hazony and His Critics

You didn’t have to be a close follower of contemporary political theory to know that Yoram Hazony’s The Virtue of Nationalism was going to be the equivalent of shooting a paintball into a hornet’s nest. Here was a book with...

/ July 3, 2019

On the Liberal’s Incoherence: Responding to Charles C. W. Cooke

In a post over at National Review, NR editor Charles C. W. Cooke has joined the chorus of critics castigating Sohrab Ahmari for giving up on liberalism. Here is the meat of his critique, though you ought to read the whole...

/ June 27, 2019
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Can Justice Be Saved? Faith, Love, and Hope in a Political Key

Matt gave three lectures recently at Biola University on the topic of justice. The recordings are now online and are definitely worth your time:

/ June 17, 2019

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