Mark Judge on Two Kinds of Cultural Ignorance

On one hand, boomer-age cultured (i.e., liberally-educated) conservatives who don’t know contemporary pop culture and are too lazy about learning anything about it; on the other, young liberals who know it but are unashamedly un-cultured (i.e., rejecting the canonical distinctions that genuine . . . . Continue Reading »

Notable New Books I Read in 2012, pt. 1

The holiday season was too busy for me to compile this sort of list, especially with a move to a new home thrown in, an event that always makes one ambivalent about book ownership anyhow. “Isn’t time to invest in a Kindle?” was the crack my younger economist friend made as we filled . . . . Continue Reading »

By the Way, Obama Will Win

Did you notice Peter Lawler dropped that into the Cruz McDonnell thread below? Minor detail that. So what do y’all make of it? Peter has a pretty good track record of predicting GOP doom.  He smelled the 2006 disaster well ahead of most, even if I do recall his . . . . Continue Reading »

Repealing Economic Law

While I was reading Peter Lawler’s post on The Fat Tax , I was reminded of a conversation with one of my sons about the amazing abundance and prosperity in America.  Even in an economy that we perceive as shrinking or receding or depressed, we live better than kings did, and even the . . . . Continue Reading »

Liberty, Rights, and Judicial Activism

Conservatives, postmodern and otherwise, often discuss the difficulties associated with the sometimes promiscuous assignment and declaration of rights in political discourse today. If we look at the American founding narrowly from the perspective of its Lockean influence, it’s easy to see the . . . . Continue Reading »

George Carey, Locke, and the American Tradition

Contributing to a festschrift devoted to George Carey, our own Peter Lawler reflects on the American founding and the complicated set of sometimes inconsistent principles that is our intellectual inheritance. If it turns out that there is no univocal theory that can decisively be articulated as . . . . Continue Reading »

Postmodernism and the Great Books

Our own Peter Lawler is the James Brown of the blogosphere, the hardest working man in the business. Over at the the Encyclopedia Britannica blog , he argues that a "postmodernism, rightly understood" is essentially a realism that counters our modern tendency towards . . . . Continue Reading »

Obama and the Gipper

Our own Peter Lawler explains that, like Reagan’s victory in 1980, Obama’s "negative landslide" was based upon the repudiation of an incompetent  Republican party as well as his success in presenting himself as intellectually temperate, politically moderate, and . . . . Continue Reading »

Modernity and the “Joyless Quest for Joy”

Our own Peter Lawler insightfully examines the evidence that, despite breathless exertions in the service of creating a secular paradise, the modern attempt to "master and possess" nature has failed to make us fundamentally happier. The crux of the problem has to do with our . . . . Continue Reading »