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Author: James Poulos

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The Trump Phenomenon vs. The Successor Entity

Professional political analysts are still trying to figure out why the Trump phenomenon has not petered out. To the contrary, it is in at least some respects stronger than ever, not only on the partisan front but the “intellectual” one too. Despite ever more effort on the part of Trump’s adversaries, and consistently little effort…

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America’s Sexual Crackup

Of all parts of life, the internet has singled out sex and sexuality for especially staggering transformation. Until recently much of the change has taken place under the social surface. But it was inevitable people would start talking, and as we know online erotics and the erotic sensibilities unleashed online now suffuse everyday life and…

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OK Pollster

For those with eyes to see, the sudden freak-out over the evident weakness of Elizabeth Warren as a challenger to President Trump offers a peek behind the curtain of the elite sensibility. A recent New York Times poll—you remember how predictive the election-o-meter turned out to be in 2016—shows unambiguously “bad news for Warren,” as…

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Learn to Rule

One way or the other, characteristically, the richest, most powerful, and most calculating move to the front of the pack. Historically that has meant a leading role in politics—grand politics. Politics as the highest plane humans can operate on. Politics as what encompasses the world, the universe. People can argue over whether war, and “war in…

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Digital Vitalism

Our decadent elite cannot survive our technological transformation.

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TV Rules vs. Digital Rules

An undercover investigation has shown that CNN is indeed a biased news network from the top on down. As well they should be, some doubtless say. This “reveal” might be important in a couple different ways. The first way counts for a lot according to the televisual rules that politics has played by lo these many…

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Genealogy of Cuckery

The value of the Sohrab Ahmari-David French saga is in what’s unearthed by the reactions it kicks up. Example: National Review Senior Editor Jay Nordlinger’s takeaway is “there’s nothing fancy or philosophical here: It’s just that David won’t bow to Trump and Trumpism, and that is what cannot be borne and must be punished.” We…

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Christians Must Face the Primal Digital Politics of Identity

The surge of attention around the Catholic University debate between Sohrab Ahmari and David French, and the ebb that followed, mirrored the reaction to a recent and similarly hot ticket: Jordan Peterson versus Slavoj Žižek. That debate, which pitted capitalism against socialism, and/or Jung against Lacan, packed the house full of youngish intellectuals desperate for…

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Is America Worth Saving?

Does politics have an answer to digital disenchantment?

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Ryan P. Williams Joins PRI’s “Next Round” 8.12.19

Ryan P. Williams, President of the Claremont Institute, joins the Pacific Research Institute to discuss identity politics and multiculturalism, censorship battles with Google, and how to encourage a more balanced political debate and free exchange of ideas on campus.

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Forging a New Right, From Concepts to Perceptions

Our new world sheds new light on the relations between reason and tradition.

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Retrieving Greatness for a Digital Age

A technological transformation is behind the rise of the New Right.

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Big Tech and Human Freedom: James Poulos on The Federalist Radio Hour

Poulos joins Ben Domenech to discuss Silicon Valley's impact on sex, reproduction, politics, and our humanity.

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From Pink Police State to Techno-Gnostic Empire

“Our emerging post-privacy order isn’t quite totalitarian, but it’s getting there,” writes Ross Douthat in his latest Sunday column. For years, the Left has been shifting from a theory of justice rooted in the public/private divide to a theory of justice rooted in the divide between what’s in the realm of officialdom and what’s outside…

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Why Bother?

Nationalism confronts the question our elites struggle to escape.

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Up From Administration

Must we reconcile ourselves to the federal bureaucracy? Paul Gottfried’s mixed review of Claremont senior fellow John Marini’s summa on unconstitutional government, Unmasking the Administrative State, leaves the reader with the more than sneaking suspicion that the answer is yes. “It represents a dramatic departure from what our federal union was intended to be, and…

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Social Media: the New Climate Change?

Kids across America know that ads are for skipping and blocking. Their elders are more anxiety-ridden. Having grown up in an America economically and culturally dependent on its fantasy-mongering industries, they look upon ads as key to unlocking the appetites, desires, and dreams that get people moving, and spending. But they also see the purity…

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From Conservative Agenda to Americanist Consensus?

Digital tech is laying bare American exceptionalism in a new way.

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What Trump Didn’t Say

This State of the Union address was notable for its subtle or quiet articulation of the American Dream, running parallel to the overt one. Beyond Trump’s affirmative messaging was an important theme sketched out through things unsaid. Today and on into at least the near future, the president suggested, Americans still have the needed resources…

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The End of Fantasy

The elite imagination is no longer the happiest place on Earth.

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It’s the Citizenship, Stupid

The political consequences of cultural freefall.

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The American Mind—Online

Democracy and despotism in a digital age.

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Make News Great Again?

Ben Collins, NBC News reporter on the dystopia beat, has a gloomy prediction to make about the coming years. The online rule of the algorithms, he writes, “is going to dramatically shape politics in ways that were previously unheard of, and it will not be a party-line phenomenon. It will divide the electorate into groups…