Derek Turner

Derek Turner, editor of The Quarterly Review, is the author of the novel Sea Changes (Radix).

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  • Traditionalism Redux
    April/May 2020

    Traditionalism Redux

    6 ½ min

    War for Eternity strives to show that many modern national conservative and populist movements are paradoxically informed by the arcane intellectual current known as traditionalism.

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  • Unending Journeys
    December 2019

    Unending Journeys

    11 min

    Few subjects arouse such atavistic emotions as migration—whether the arrivals come as conquerors or as kin, fleeing ordeals or seeking opportunities. For incomers, migration can represent a dream, a rational choice, an urgent necessity, or a last hope. For recipient countries, it can be an infusion of energy, a reunion, a social challenge, or an existential threat. By drawing parallels between today’s immigrations and earlier upheavals, Peter Gatrell seeks to prove that modern migration is a continuation of a generations-long process, just “another iteration” rather than a replacing revolution.

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  • Can the Greens Change Their Colors?
    October 2019

    Can the Greens Change Their Colors?

    7 ½ min

    Greens often make conservatives and populists see red—or Reds. In 2004, Australian politician John Anderson called his country’s Greens “watermelons…green on the outside, and very, very, very red on the inside.” His fruity metaphor has become something of a conservative cliché. It is easy to see why.

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  • Emperor of Imagination
    September 2019

    Emperor of Imagination

    7 ½ min

    Charles the Great looms out of the swirling obscurity of post-Roman Europe like the Great Lighthouse of Alexandria, signaling simultaneously radical renewal and an alteration of everything that came before. As Janet Nelson illuminates in her new book, it is impossible to imagine the West without Charlemagne as figurative and literal progenitor.

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  • Replacement Theories
    April 2019

    Replacement Theories

    8 ½ min

    In 2004, Dutch political scientist Cas Mudde published The Populist Zeitgeist, an attempt to define the growingly important but haphazardly applied concept of “populism.” He had an emotional as well as an academic interest, because “far-right” nationalism had enmeshed his own brother.

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