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The Perpetual Presidency

The Perpetual Presidency

Ex-Presidents have generally retired from public life and refrained from criticizing their successors. Unfortunately, this traditional seems to be changing.  

Why the Pence Rule is Conquering Wall Street

Why the Pence Rule is Conquering Wall Street

Wall Street executives have reacted to the #Metoo with mass conversions to the Pence Rule: no meetings with women alone.

Our Ignorance of Socialism Is Dangerous

Our Ignorance of Socialism Is Dangerous

Are Americans who admire the world’s most brutal regimes miseducated or stupid?

Can Patriotism and Nationalism Co-exist?

Can Patriotism and Nationalism Co-exist?

Can a patriot be a nationalist and vice versa? If not, why not?

The Reason We Love The Nutcracker

The Reason We Love The Nutcracker

Many people this holiday season will experience the joy of attending a local performance of “The Nutcracker” ballet by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

The ’60s Radicals Won the Culture War

The ’60s Radicals Won the Culture War

Unfortunately, the wounds of the '60s have not healed with the graying of the 1968 generation.

What Lincoln's Secretary of State Can Teach Us About Hospitality

What Lincoln's Secretary of State Can Teach Us About Hospitality

Lincoln's Secretary of State was famous for hosting dinners which brought together politicians of radically different opinions who always left the dinner happy. Can we learn something from William Seward's hospitality?

The Hidden Messages in the Wizard of Oz

The Hidden Messages in the Wizard of Oz

In 1939 the Wizard of Oz became an instant classic. But it was more than a great movie. The film expressed Middle America's desire to stay out of war in Europe.  

Why the Enlightenment Thinkers Understood the Need for Religion

Why the Enlightenment Thinkers Understood the Need for Religion

Enlightenment thinkers like Voltaire were known for their attacks on  Christianity .  Nevertheless, they understood that ordinary people needed religion if they were to be virtuous citizens.  

My America, 1620

My America, 1620

We all know the story. But in November 2018, we would do well to remember all of this not with mere nostalgia, but with moral intent.

The Mob at Tucker Carlson’s Home Shows How Idealism Can Lead to Evil

The Mob at Tucker Carlson’s Home Shows How Idealism Can Lead to Evil

History is clear: When the ordinary restraints of civil society no longer apply, there is no forecasting who will be caught in the resulting web of hatred.

Three Reasons America Should Have Stayed Out of World War I

Three Reasons America Should Have Stayed Out of World War I

Veterans Day commemorates the end of World War I. The United States intervened in that war to save its British and French allies. Should America have stayed out?  

Why the Great War Matters Today

Why the Great War Matters Today

World War I and its subsequent peace agreements brought consequences that even today haunt our lives.

Socialists and Fascists Have Always Been Kissing Cousins

Socialists and Fascists Have Always Been Kissing Cousins

Of all the disturbing developments in culture and ideas over the last several years few have been more disturbing than the reemergence of communism and socialism.  

Information Age Warfare: When Propaganda Overpowered Sheer Numbers
The Armistice Day Prediction That Came True

The Armistice Day Prediction That Came True

G. K. Chesterton was anything but a futurist. But perhaps he did have a few predictive powers.

Kristallnacht: Are We Experiencing the Modern Version?

Kristallnacht: Are We Experiencing the Modern Version?

November 9th marks the eightieth anniversary of Kristallnacht.

The Sad Death of 'All Politics is Local'

The Sad Death of 'All Politics is Local'

For nearly a quarter-century, the midterm elections that used to center on bread-and-butter issues like schools, crime—“the economy, stupid”—have now been little more than proxy wars to impeach the sitting president.

Is a Second Reformation Unfolding in Front of Our Eyes?

Is a Second Reformation Unfolding in Front of Our Eyes?

Today's reformation has many similarities with the one which occurred 500 years ago, only today's is not happening in the churches.

Why Thomas Merton Renounced Communism: 6 Lessons We Can Learn Today

Why Thomas Merton Renounced Communism: 6 Lessons We Can Learn Today

In an age where individuals are increasingly falling for socialist nostrums, Thomas Merton provides timeless lessons about why people choose bankrupt ideologies such as communism.   

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s Advice for a World Plagued by Chaos and Victimhood

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s Advice for a World Plagued by Chaos and Victimhood

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's Gulag Archipelago offers some poignant advice for dealing with the friction in today's society.

Subprime Loans Are Back, Proving We Have Learned Nothing from 2008

Subprime Loans Are Back, Proving We Have Learned Nothing from 2008

For as often as the phrase “history repeats itself” is used, it’s shocking how rare it is for mankind to actually learn from its mistakes.

The American Descent Into Uncivil War

The American Descent Into Uncivil War

Civil wars happen when there is a profound philosophical incompatibility inside a nation.

When Sears Used the Market to Combat Jim Crow

When Sears Used the Market to Combat Jim Crow

As we eulogize this beacon of American capitalism, we should also celebrate one of its lesser-known achievements: using markets to combat Jim Crow laws.

Why Cultural Marxism Seeks to Control Culture

Why Cultural Marxism Seeks to Control Culture

Before socialism can succeed, the existing culture must change.

The Man in the High Castle and the History That Never Was

The Man in the High Castle and the History That Never Was

The TV series "The Man in the High Castle" sketches a world in which the Axis powers won World War II.  

Why the Soviets Would Have Sent Kanye West to a Mental Hospital

Why the Soviets Would Have Sent Kanye West to a Mental Hospital

Should we associate political disagreements with mental illness with such a dark history behind that practice?

Why All Good Social Justice Warriors Support Presumption of Innocence

Why All Good Social Justice Warriors Support Presumption of Innocence

The presumption of innocence until proven guilty is a bed rock principle of Western Civilization.  Protecting individuals from angry mobs remains a basic task of our judicial system.

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