Scott P. Richert

Scott P. Richert is editor at large for Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture, and Publisher for Our Sunday Visitor. He holds an M.A. in political theory from the Catholic University of America. He has been published in, among others, The Family in America, This World, and Humanitas. He is the Catholicism Expert for About.com.

Latest by Scott P. Richert in Chronicles

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  • October 2017

    East of Eden

    4 ¼ min

    Russell Kirk frequently warned those who read his essays and books and attended his lectures not to let the perfect be the enemy of the good. Even at the most mundane level of everyday life, the Sage of Mecosta offered good advice.

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  • September 2017

    Make Yourself at Home

    4 ¼ min

    “Unless you were born here, you will never really be at home in this city.” Amy and I heard those words (or a variation thereof) over and over again in early 1996, as we met new people in our adopted hometown of Rockford, Illinois.

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  • August 2017

    Man Up

    4 ¼ min

    Mike Madigan (so the rumor goes) will never leave the Illinois House of Representatives, or even risk vacating the speaker’s chair, because doing so would almost certainly set him on the path trodden by four of the last eight governors of Illinois.

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  • July 2017

    Economy and Independence

    4 ¼ min

    The president of the little village in West Michigan where I was born and raised (Spring Lake, population 2,360, sal-ute!) no longer wants to be village president.

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  • June 2017

    Rockford in the Springtime

    4 ¼ min

    Rockford’s downtown lives again because enough of it wasn’t utterly destroyed, and because human nature, despite our best attempts to remake it, is the same now as it was when those buildings were built.

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  • April 7, 2017

    Matthew Rarey, RIP

    1 ½ min

    The editors were saddened to learn of the passing, on April 3, of our onetime colleague and longtime friend Matthew A. Rarey.

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  • May 2017

    Power to the People!

    19 ¼ min

    If we desire any kind of freedom in our life on this earth—moral, cultural, economic, political—we have to fight to prevent the centralization of power. Struggle is our lot in life; that die was cast long ago, by Adam and Eve in the Garden. The world is broken.

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  • May 2017

    #FillTheHotTub

    4 min

    There’s an ancient adage—ancient in terms of our Internet Age, at least: If you’re not paying for the product, you are the product. Do you think Facebook is free? Take a look at those ads in your Facebook feed, and over on the right-hand side of the page.

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  • The End and the Beginning
    April 2017

    The End and the Beginning

    13 min

    Return the printed word to its rightful primacy in your imagination by buying and reading this book. Savor its contents; this remarkable collection of essays will whet your appetite for the next “final” volume from John Lukacs.

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  • <em>What the Editors Are Reading</em>
    April 2017

    What the Editors Are Reading

    4 ¼ min

    About 20 years ago the late George Garrett, a professor of English and writing at the University of Virginia and a contributing editor to this magazine, told me an anecdote meant to illustrate the intellectual and social naiveté of students at one of the most prestigious schools in the country.

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  • April 2017

    Celebrity Politics

    4 min

    Throughout the Republican primaries and the 2016 general election, commentators regularly characterized Donald Trump’s campaign as the political equivalent of a reality show.

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  • March 2017

    A Man of the People

    4 ¼ min

    Frank Schier was that rare creature: a legend in his own mind who really was a local legend as well. A cofounder of the Rockford Area Music Industry Awards and the River District Association, he was a Rockford patriot who truly earned The Rockford Institute’s Good and Faithful Servant Award.

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  • March 2017

    Abortion in the Age of Trump

    4 ¼ min

    The pro-life movement has made great strides in recent years, though many people who consider themselves active pro-lifers may not realize it. That’s because the good news has all happened at the state and local levels.

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  • Why Fake News Matters
    February 2017

    Why Fake News Matters

    7 ¼ min

    A sober, rational discussion of the danger of fake news has been hampered by the problem of definition: What, exactly, qualifies as fake news?

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  • February 2017

    Politics and Sports

    3 ½ min

    When people compare politics to sports, they do not mean the comparison to be flattering. Voters, we are told, treat politics as irrationally as sports fans do football, baseball, basketball, and hockey.

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  • January 2017

    Faking It

    9 min

    There is no easy solution to the problem of fake news. Structural solutions open up potential avenues for abuse, and that very possibility, even in the absence of any evidence of such abuse, will just reinforce the echo chamber. The only way out is individually—a healthy skepticism about any “news” one may read—but even there, the signs are not promising.

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  • January 2017

    What the Editors Are Reading

    3 min

    I have a long-standing habit of picking up books from secondhand shops that I have no intention of reading in the immediate or even foreseeable future, and pulling them off the shelf according to whim, sometimes years later.

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  • January 2017

    Carrier, Congress, and Cronies

    2 ½ min

    There is much that is wrong with the deal that Trump and Mike Pence struck with United Technologies over Thanksgiving weekend, but the problem is not that “crony capitalism” is being used now to benefit American workers rather than multinational corporations.

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  • November 9, 2016

    The Day After

    3 ½ min

    Today, we need to consider the challenges faced by those who are celebrating Trump’s victory. And the most important challenge is the temptation to make it personal.

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  • December 2016

    Taking Back the Culture

    18 ¾ min

    By the time you read this, “the most important election of our lifetime” will be headed for the history books. If the last six most important elections of our lifetime are any indication, however, we will once again have a chance to vote in the most important election of our lifetime in 2020.

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