Category: Political Theory

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

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, they have relied...

/ 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

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 Wolves to Men City of Dads The White Rose Third Sailing — After Liberalism Failed...

/ 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