Review: Matthew Continetti’s “The Right: The Hundred-Year War for American Conservatism” The Right - “It is to Continetti’s credit that he develops his narrative after this with fair-minded even-handedness for the most part, even if he lets his own views bleed through in the chapters concerning President Trump’s rise and fall, as well as the mix of grift and genuine intellectual ferment that he dragged in his orange wake.” Henry George 7/27/2022
Excerpt: Jason Pack’s “Libya and the Global Enduring Disorder” The Center - “And hell, if General Haftar was going to win, President Trump would happily give him some tips about where to buy vacation properties in Virginia Beach. His steering of the private ‘confidence building’ chit-chat with General Haftar to real estate matters was not actually as ridiculous as it might seem.” Jason Pack 7/26/2022
Review: China Miéville’s “A Spectre, Haunting: On the Communist Manifesto” The Right - “Sentimental and sycophantic in turns, it may be hard to dispel the impression that Miéville is merely a hysteric. All the same, A Spectre, Haunting is a post-Nietzschean book, which leans into the charge of ressentiment. Spurning subterfuge, Miéville quite openly asserts that justice and revenge amount, more or less, to the same thing.” Seamus Flaherty 7/25/2022
Review: Barry Strauss’s “The War That Made the Roman Empire” The Center - “Barry Strauss, America’s foremost popular classicist, brings the story of Actium to life in ways that rival and surpass Shakespeare’s tragedy Antony and Cleopatra and Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s Cleopatra…” Paul Krause 7/18/2022
Why Is This Not Enough? The Left - “Jackson was out walking on his property in Kansas one spring day and called Jensen with a simple question: ‘Why is this not enough?'” Wes Jackson and Robert Jensen 7/18/2022
Being Critical of Enlightenment Triumphalism Isn’t Always Wrong The Right - “Having considered the evidence, it seems more accurate to say that the Enlightenment project presented itself as a savior from ignorance and poverty but was really a movement to dethrone the old social order rooted in hierarchies and aristocracies.” Henry George 7/11/2022
The Oversimplification of the American Founding The Center - “Devotion to reading non-politicized history and putting it into context is necessary and something to which we should diligently commit.” Adam Smeester 7/2/2022
The Quarrel within American Conservatism The Right - “The current politics of California, which more than any other American state has been shaped by mass immigration from Mexico, should likewise shake the confidence of conservatives who scoff at the alleged illiberalism of immigration hawks.” Antonio Sosa 6/30/2022
Limits in a World That Erases Them The Right - “There is a paradox to life that an acceptance of limits, borders, and boundaries can be the most liberating thing of all.” Henry George 6/27/2022
What Type of Religion Is Wokeness? The Center - “As we might expect, the Woke, often well educated and articulate, have generated their own convoluted and comprehensive ‘theology’ replete with saints and sinners, priests and heretics, and even their own kind of Heaven and Hell.” Chris Augusta 6/23/2022
The Greatness of Ronald Reagan The Center - “With bloated bureaucracies and top marginal tax rates at 70% when he entered office, President Reagan also carried in his mind a basic script about overreach of the federal government that resonated with Americans after a decade of stagflation and presidential scandals.” Jonathan Church 6/22/2022
Review: “Conservatism: A Rediscovery” by Yoram Hazony The Right - “In my own life, being disabled and living with an acute example of life’s predicament means that the worldview Hazony describes and prescribes has made far more sense and has offered far more consolation than liberalism ever could.” Henry George 6/20/2022
A Decent Level for All: Economic Justice and Universal Basic Income The Center - “Instituting UBI could help us to transcend traditional distinctions between the ‘deserving’ and ‘undeserving’ poor that have shaped poverty policy for far too long.” Tanner Matthews 6/19/2022
Review: “Obedience is Freedom” by Jacob Phillips The Right - “Denial, as Jacob Phillips deftly shows in his fascinating and staggeringly original new book Obedience is Freedom, is precisely what the liberal-left excels in, substituting for a world of limits and constraints a schizoid universe where subjectivity is all that counts.” Seamus Flaherty 6/16/2022
Cancel Culture and the Tolerance of the Natural Aristocracy The Right - “To really thrive in our own communities, we need more than just Law and Order; a strong social fabric is required that encourages virtuous behavior as much as it punishes delinquency.” Michael Weyns 6/15/2022
Why We’ll Always Be Talking about George Orwell The Center - “It is a shame, though, that whenever Orwell reappears it is almost always in the context of his dystopian political novel.” Paul Krause 6/14/2022