It surprises me that many of my usually reasonable friends are so eager to bomb Syria over the recent gas attack and are perplexed by the unwillingness of others to “hold Syria accountable.” I have to remind myself that few … Continue Reading →
Readers of Eight Ways to Run the Country will have known for a long time that James Webb was in the wrong party to run for president. An erstwhile Reaganite, he left the Republican Party out of disgust for its … Continue Reading →
The textbooks say the Byzantine Empire was a theocratic autocracy uniting church and state under an all-powerful emperor believed by the Byzantines to be God’s viceroy and vicar.
Nonsense, says Anthony Kaldellis, professor of classics at Ohio State University.
The … Continue Reading →
More and more often, one hears one’s friends on the Right describe themselves as “anarchists.” “Christian anarchist,” says one. “Tory anarchist,” says another. “Anarcho-capitalist,” say quite a few. But the most daring increasingly call themselves “anarcho-monarchists”—inspired, I suspect, by J.R.R. … Continue Reading →
Most Americans, even most American Christians, celebrate Christmas much more than Easter, yet it is only Easter—Pascha—that makes sense of Christmas. The birth of Christ is only something to celebrate if you know the rest of the story. Consider the … Continue Reading →
Conflict makes people uncomfortable, so in mixed company, people watch what they say. Instead of speaking their minds on controversial issues, they trim their opinions to fit those around them—sometimes out of charity, sometimes out of prudence, but often out … Continue Reading →
Let’s see: They’re both very long, with lots of characters with lots of names, doing lots of things over many years. So yes, A Crown of Life is indeed like War and Peace. But this reader means a little more, … Continue Reading →
It seems, indeed, I’ve started a movement. Well, sort of. It’s called the Canton Movement, and you can find it here.
It appears to be a libertarian effort. Their concept of ideological cantons is new to me, so I won’t comment … Continue Reading →
You know you’ve hit a nerve when what you write brings a barrage of criticism from people who never should have noticed it. That’s what’s happened since The American Conservative posted my manifesto of Ethical Conservatism.
In less than a week, the … Continue Reading →
When Eight Ways to Run the Country was published in November 2006, I missed the chance to do much publicity. Shortly after the book appeared, I took a new and very demanding job that didn’t leave time for media interviews or … Continue Reading →