R.R. Reno is editor of First Things.

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The Disconnected Establishment

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Rod Dreher recently posted excerpts of a letter from one of his readers. It was an extended, largely negative assessment of my analysis of our political moment, “An Abandoned White Middle Class.” There I argued that the changing nature of our leadership class explains the populist rebellion, at . . . . Continue Reading »

An Abandoned White Middle Class

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Is First Things promoting its own form of identity politics? A friend wrote recently, wondering exactly that. In my writing about our populist moment, I’ve emphasized the role of middle class whites. The relative success of Trump and Sanders shows that they’re rebelling against both left-leaning . . . . Continue Reading »

The Republican Message of Hate?

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You can always count on establishment liberals. On cue, the New York Times editors today commented on the Iowa caucus, speaking of Marco Rubio as trying “to put a younger and more charming face on the basic Republican message of anger, xenophobia, fear and hate.” The implication, of course, is . . . . Continue Reading »

While We're At It

From the February 2016 Print Edition

Katholisch.de is the website for the Catholic Church in Germany. In late November, it featured an ill-­considered posting by Björn ­Odendahl that was critical of Pope Francis. I’m not shy about criticism, but when taking Francis to task for highlighting the achievements of the non-Western . . . . Continue Reading »

Populism

From the February 2016 Print Edition

T he rise of populism in Europe—and here in the United States by way of Donald Trump—is a rebellion against postmodern weightlessness. Political commentators are right to point out voter concerns about immigration, ­economic distress caused by globalization, and the ­technocratic establishment . . . . Continue Reading »

Trump, Sanders, and the Middle Class

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Last week I contributed to the National Review symposium, “Conservatives Against Trump.” I was happy to do so. Donald Trump manifests the post-political mentality of our time, encouraging the idea that our problems boil down to stupid, weak, corrupt people being in charge, and that all we need . . . . Continue Reading »

The Politics of Moral Denunciation

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We've all heard that Donald Trump has strong support from working class white males. Apparently he's broadly popular among all Americans with a high school education or less. Writing in the New York Times, Eduardo Porter reports that a recent Quinnipiac University poll showed Trump beating Hillary . . . . Continue Reading »

Eliot and Liberalism

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I‘ve been rereading T.S. Eliot's Idea of a Christian Society. He wrote the book as World War II was beginning. It was a time when many were questioning whether liberal democratic societies had any future. Fascism and Communism seemed the vital new movements that had the upper hand.The gist of . . . . Continue Reading »

While We're At It

From the January 2016 Print Edition

Crybullies. Roger Kimball coined the term to describe the students who both weep when speaking about how they feel “unsafe” and hound university leaders out of their jobs. As Kimball reports in an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, when Amy Wax (a regular in our pages) spoke about affirmative . . . . Continue Reading »