Essays

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17 minutes
10.28.2020

Honor in a World Gone Mad

How to see clearly in the kingdom of the blind.

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20 minutes
10.26.2020

The United States in Crisis

Excerpted from Edward J. Erler's new book.

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18 minutes
10.21.2020

How Expert Worship Is Ruining Science

Big tech and big media are betraying the truth—and the people.

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12 minutes
10.19.2020

What Happens if No One Wins?

The Constitution provides for election crises—and its provisions favor Trump.

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9 minutes
10.19.2020

Democratic Civil War

The three heads of the Democrat Hydra will soon start biting at each other.

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9 minutes
10.08.2020

A Man for All Seasons

A former student of Michael Uhlmann pays tribute to his late friend and mentor.

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9 minutes
10.07.2020

On the Peculiar Character of American ‘Racism’

The great self-evident truth of the Left.

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17 minutes
10.05.2020

The Mount Rushmore Election

The 2020 election is a battle for the soul of America.

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12 minutes
10.01.2020

How “America First” Broke the Establishment Curse

Trump’s instincts point the way out of Biden-style decline.

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6 minutes
09.30.2020

America Won’t Go Down on Our Watch

Two stormfronts are on a collision course over America. Where will it end?

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12 minutes
09.28.2020

Americans Won’t Live in the Pod

Blue-city urbanization imposes a downward mobility people don’t want and don’t need.

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28 minutes
09.23.2020

Revolution 2020

How did we get here—and how will it end?

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20 minutes
09.19.2020

Political Philosophy and Honor

The Leo Strauss Dissertation Award.

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20 minutes
09.14.2020

The Bigotry of Social Justice

The divisive racialist creed doesn’t add up.

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16 minutes
09.11.2020

Administrative Discrimination

To fight prejudice, get the bureaucrats out of power.

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11 minutes
09.11.2020

The Rise of the Insurgent Right

A response to Angelo Codevilla.

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12 minutes
09.10.2020

The False Science of Feminism

The data is in: women aren’t happy.

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9 minutes
09.09.2020

The Riot Party

The Left perfects the mob veto.

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8 minutes
09.04.2020

The Coming Coup?

Democrats are laying the groundwork for revolution right in front of our eyes.

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09.03.2020

The Resurrection of Freedom

America must be refounded—again and again.

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20 minutes
08.31.2020

A Tyranny Perpetual and Universal?

Is the leftist dream now within reach? If President Trump loses, we will find out.

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16 minutes
08.28.2020

A Brick from the NBA

Woke theatrics from corporatist sports must—and will—have consequences.

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17 minutes
08.26.2020

The Absolute Truth of America’s Founding Principles

A response to Christopher Flannery.

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18 minutes
08.25.2020

Scientism: America’s State Religion

We are hostages to the clerics of an intolerant faith.

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12 minutes
08.25.2020

Democrats Versus the Vote

Who’s really suppressing the people’s voice?

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15 minutes
08.22.2020

Trumpism—A Look Backward and Forward to November

Between the abyss and what goes on in Portland and the Magnificent Mile, there is for the moment nothing else but Trump standing in the breach.

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18 minutes
08.19.2020

Fight the Mob

The riots reveal the revolution.

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15 minutes
08.18.2020

Sleepwalking into Secession

We have flirted with disaster before. Now we must avert it.

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12 minutes
08.18.2020

Scholarly Debate is Dead

Cause of death: Twitter mobs.

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12 minutes
08.13.2020

How Race Politics Burns Out

No future awaits those who rage against family, work, and community.

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10 minutes
08.12.2020

Kin in the Game

Life won’t wait. Neither will babies.

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10 minutes
08.11.2020

Get Your Kids Out of Public School

This is the Right’s greatest opportunity in decades. Will we take it?

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12 minutes
08.08.2020

Inside the Occupied Zone

How elite negligence is killing American innocents.

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18 minutes
08.04.2020

Militant Therapy is Eating America Alive

The animating principle of Wokeness is self-destructive navel-gazing.

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15 minutes
07.28.2020

Racialism vs. America

Wokeism is the essence of anarchy.

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10 minutes
07.28.2020

What Antifa Won’t Tell You

Antifa’s leading insider reveals more by what he doesn’t say than what he does.

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11 minutes
07.24.2020

They’re Coming for Your Life

Woke aggression won’t stop with speech.

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18 minutes
07.21.2020

Cancel the New York Times

We've honored a slave-trading tyrant for far too long.

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15 minutes
07.17.2020

Woke Ideology Is a Psychological Disorder

Plato shows us who the real tyrants are.

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25 minutes
07.17.2020

The COVID Coup

And how to unlock ourselves.

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10 minutes
07.11.2020

Set Yourselves Free, Conservatives

Or die waiting for a narrative to save you.

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10 minutes
07.01.2020

Covid Can’t Kill Our Way of Life

Nationalist localism—unlike globalism—survives the virus.

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10 minutes
06.29.2020

Blanked Slate

The New York Times cancels social science in the name of social justice.

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8 minutes
06.26.2020

I Was Canceled. You’re Next in Line.

Conserve your spine or lose it all.

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10 minutes
06.25.2020

The Vanguard of Record

Woke identity politics is liberalism’s successor ideology—from the New York Times on down.

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17 minutes
06.24.2020

Red November (The Speech Trump Needs to Make)

Don’t let the commies win.

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06.24.2020

The Terms of Our Defeat

How the left usurped our language—and the Right let it happen.

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8 minutes
06.22.2020

Senator Tom Cotton against the 1619 Riots

We can give no quarter to mob rule.

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11 minutes
06.22.2020

The Limits of Expertise

COVID-19 revealed what fools we have made of ourselves.

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20 minutes
06.17.2020

What Turned Covid Politics Upside Down

And how to flip it back.

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14 minutes
06.16.2020

Statesmanship in a Time of Violence

Today’s miseducated fame-seekers can’t lead us, unless it’s off a cliff.

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9 minutes
06.12.2020

Senator Tom Cotton Takes On the Woke Mob

The New York Times and cancel culture versus America.

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11 minutes
06.09.2020

The Cave Beneath the Cave

Our ruling classes hold as much contempt for reality as they do for us.

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14 minutes
06.09.2020

What Makes Experts Special?

We’re the ones to decide on whom we should rely.

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10 minutes
06.04.2020

To Win the Cold Civil War, Seek Peace through Strength

Capitulation and cowardice hand America to identitarian propagandists.

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7 minutes
06.03.2020

The Real History of Antifa

The dark history of the radical Left's enforcement arm.

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8 minutes
06.01.2020

To Survive Our Slavish Regime, Master Yourself

A field guide to manning up in an incapacitated age.

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10 minutes
05.28.2020

What We Need to Build—in Order to Build

A time to pour foundations. 

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20 minutes
05.27.2020

Don’t Bother Learning to Code

Ruthless outsourcing will be the death of the American Dream.

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25 minutes
05.26.2020

Preserving the American Way of Life

Republicans need a new mission.

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05.19.2020

Inside the Very Online War on Liberalism

As elite illusions collapse, new identities arise.

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25 minutes
05.13.2020

The Rise and Fall of the Pajama-Boy Nietzscheans

America’s ideals are worth defending against two-bit impostors.

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16 minutes
05.05.2020

Breaking Our Modern Paralysis

A little less conversation, a little more action.

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17 minutes
05.01.2020

The Pandemic Road to Serfdom

Our Covid-era oligarchs are fitting us for feudalism.

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45 minutes
04.28.2020

Don’t Burn This Book: An Interview with Dave Rubin

The host of the Rubin Report talks about leaving the Left and forging his own path.

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13 minutes
04.22.2020

Biosecurity’s Faustian Bargains (Part II)

Defective standards in social distancing.

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14 minutes
04.21.2020

End the Globalization Gravy Train

Donor dollars shouldn’t be made in China.

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12 minutes
04.21.2020

Biosecurity’s Faustian Bargains (Part I)

How all-too-human scientists have opened the door to pandemics—and worse.

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15 minutes
04.16.2020

Children and Transgenderism

Some stories aren't being told.

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13 minutes
04.15.2020

A Time for Statesmanship

The president has got to make a decision.

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21 minutes
04.13.2020

A Storm for Which We Were Unprepared

Senator Bill Frist saw it coming years ago.

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13 minutes
04.03.2020

A Cure for the Money Virus

A healthy currency must reflect our relationship with nature.

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26 minutes
04.01.2020

The Strength of Broken Dreams

“The American Dream” is dead, but America remains.

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18 minutes
03.25.2020

The Green Zone Plan

To beat coronavirus, get Americans back to living natural lives.

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12 minutes
03.24.2020

The Political Character of Marriage and Family Life

Conservatives have to get smarter about sexual politics.

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8 minutes
03.09.2020

Restore Authority to Education

Our K–12 students need guidance out of ignorance.

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15 minutes
03.05.2020

Big Pimping

How American Parents Turn Their Daughters Out.

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7 minutes
02.27.2020

Worse Than a Crime, a Bumble

tfw the dating app is creepier than the date.

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13 minutes
02.25.2020

One More For The Road

What is the Bedrock of Being? (A reply to Alex Priou.)

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5 minutes
02.24.2020

Strong Families Are Living the Dream

Asian American success reveals why.

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11 minutes
02.21.2020

The Extended Family Can’t Replace the Immediate Family

David Brooks’s Mistaken “Mistake”

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13 minutes
02.20.2020

The Real Dangers, and Promise, of Digital Campaigning

The Left is incapable of answering—or asking—the looming question.

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10 minutes
02.19.2020

Hayek’s Broken Promise

“Balanced” trade hasn’t worked out so well.

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20 minutes
02.12.2020

Abolish FISA, Reform FBI, & Break Up CIA

How to defend the Republic against the Deep State.

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9 minutes
02.10.2020

Mitt Romney and the “Subjectivized” Conscience

His craven impeachment vote reminds us morality isn’t a matter of "feeling." It’s a matter of truth.

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6 minutes
02.07.2020

Laundering ‘Little Women’

What Greta Gerwig’s 'Little Women' misses.

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12 minutes
02.04.2020

The Transgendered ERA

Textualism will not prevent the legal deconstruction of sex.

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30 minutes
02.01.2020

RIP Globalism, Dead of Coronavirus

Internationalism may be hazardous to your health.

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5 minutes
01.31.2020

If America wants scientific innovation, fix the R&D problem

The conditions for success simply no longer exist.

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25 minutes
01.30.2020

Titania McGrath and the Politics of Wokeness: An Interview with Andrew Doyle

The popular Twitter satirist and cultural commentator talks social justice, classical liberalism, and the fate of the arts in the West.

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11 minutes
01.25.2020

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Liberalism Debates

It’s Public Political Philosophy, Not Public Policy.

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14 minutes
01.22.2020

Can Conservatism Be Conserved?

When the war against wokeness is over, our common culture could be history.

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11 minutes
01.16.2020

Just Emote, then Vote Remote

The Future of American Government?

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15 minutes
01.13.2020

The Babylon Bee: An Interview with Kyle Mann

The Editor-in-Chief of the viral satire website tells his story, addresses factchecking controversies, and explores the philosophy of the Bee.

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15 minutes
01.09.2020

The Global Community is a Fantasy

Detractors of nationalism indulge in dreamcasting over statesmanship.

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10 minutes
12.13.2019

Big Tech Needs to Believe in People

It’s time to bet on humanity—before things get worse.

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8 minutes
12.10.2019

The Sexual Deep State

The Sexual Revolution was never about freedom. It was always about control.

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17 minutes
12.10.2019

Exclusive: American Industrial Policy and the Rise of China

Senator Marco Rubio speaks at National Defense University on the need for a ‘pro-American industrial policy’ to counter China.

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20 minutes
11.29.2019

Something to Say to the Sphinx

Remarks on James Madison’s vision for the Country

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25 minutes
11.25.2019

The Clear Pill, Part 2 of 5: A Theory of Pervasive Error

The evolutionary architecture of distributed despotism

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15 minutes
11.22.2019

Figure: Doom / Ground: Renaissance

A new dark age? Don't believe the hype.

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15 minutes
10.31.2019

The Flight 93 Election Crashed

The Right has yet to Re-Form the Culture.

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10 minutes
10.28.2019

Red October in Chile

Notes on the ground from a soul-sick Santiago.

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10 minutes
10.24.2019

Bill Barr Gives a Speech

Appraising Attorney General Barr and his critics.

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13 minutes
10.23.2019

Go Westphalian, Young Man

Resurgent national sovereignty movements are back and validated by expanding electoral mandates.

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16 minutes
10.17.2019

America Wasn’t Founded on White Supremacy

Revisionist Black supremacist history can't grasp our shared equality.

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12 minutes
10.11.2019

Liberalism: Mend It, Don’t End It

We don’t need a revolution to find political redemption.

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10 minutes
10.09.2019

As the Electoral College Goes, So Goes the Constitution

Plebiscitary democracy will almost certainly bring much sharper ideological, geographical, racial, and religious divisions.

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20 minutes
10.09.2019

Multiculturalism is Ethnocentrism

The ugly history of a divisive ideology

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19 minutes
10.03.2019

The Rethink We Need to Avoid America’s Collapse

Connecting the dots of complex systems breaks the conservative impasse.

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7 minutes
09.30.2019

Social Justice is Academia’s New Theology

Sokal Squared showed the West’s learned elite has succumbed to a corrupted creed.

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20 minutes
09.27.2019

The Clear Pill, Part 1 of 5: The Four-Stroke Regime

One dose will erase your whole political mind.

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10 minutes
09.10.2019

Does the Right Dare Fight?

Putting the question to David French about moral reasoning in action.

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15 minutes
08.28.2019

Is America Worth Saving?

Does politics have an answer to digital disenchantment?

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28 minutes
08.13.2019

Vichycons and Mass Shootings

Against the backstabbing, collaborationist “Right.”

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11 minutes
07.19.2019

Losing the Class

On campus, today's forlorn meritocrats no longer believe what the apparatchiks are teaching them.

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25 minutes
07.01.2019

Conservative Rationalism Has Failed

Part II: Honor and self-constraint can stave off tyranny.

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17 minutes
06.24.2019

Conservative Rationalism Has Failed

Part I: Unfettered reason cannot conserve anything.

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15 minutes
06.06.2019

Dead Conservative Memes Can’t Defeat the Identity Politics Clerisy

A new political vocabulary is needed for a world itself quite new.

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13 minutes
05.29.2019

The 2016 Election, the 1960 World Series, and the Electoral College

Root, root, root for the electors. If they don't win it's a shame.

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10 minutes
05.11.2019

A Foreign Policy From the Founding

United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivered the keynote address at the Claremont Institute's 40th Anniversary Gala as this year's recipient of the Institute's Statesmanship Award.

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6 minutes
04.23.2019

Defend America—Defeat Multiculturalism

Through identity politics and political correctness, today's multiculturalist enforcers seek to erase and replace America. Together, we must save the Union once again.

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9 minutes
04.22.2019

The Promises and Perils of Identity Politics

Behind the rhetoric of equality and justice lies an ideology of inequality and scapegoating.

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8 minutes
04.17.2019

Remembering Thomas S. Engeman (1944 – 2019)

Our teacher and friend trained us to find the safeguards of self-government through political philosophy and poetry alike.

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19 minutes
11.13.2018

Skepticism, Experience, and Science

The crisis of modern liberalism and science requires skeptical political philosophy—but skeptical political philosophy is itself undergoing a crisis.

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20 minutes
10.23.2018

After Trump: The Political and Moral Legitimacy of American Government

Claremont Institute Senior Fellow John Marini is one of the few experts on American Government who understood the rise of Trump from the beginning of the 2016 election cycle. Now he looks to the fundamental question that Trump's presidency raises: is the legitimacy of our political system based on the authority of the American people and the American nation-state, or the authority of experts and their technical knowledge in the service of "progress"?

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29 minutes
10.17.2018

Our Revolution’s Logic

In 2010, Claremont Institute Senior Fellow Angelo Codevilla reintroduced the notion of "the ruling class" back into American popular discourse. In 2017, he described contemporary American politics as a "cold civil war." Now he applies the "logic of revolution" to our current political scene.

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21 minutes
10.17.2018

The American Mind—Online

Democracy and despotism in a digital age.