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Providence: Executive Orders, Nativism, and National Security

02/16/2017

This article was originally posted at Providence. Warning about a rising tide of xenophobia, the American Civil Liberties Union assailed the White House’s most recent executive order as “the greatest deprivation of civil liberties in this country since slavery.” The administration that the ACLU had in its sights, however, was not that of Donald J. Trump. […]

National Interest: Can John Locke Save Political Islam?

02/15/2017

Modern Islam will need a Locke, or someone like him, in its own hour of crisis.

The Times: Making America great again means welcoming Muslims

01/21/2017

This article was originally posted at The Times. The presidency of Donald Trump, barely twenty-four hours old, has left many Muslims in the United States anxious about their futures. Although Trump has backed off his campaign pledge to ban Muslim immigration outright, talk of a Muslim “registry” persists. Some members of his cabinet, not to mention […]

BBC Interview: What Eisenhower Might Think of Trump

01/17/2017

I was interviewed by the BBC about how a Trump presidency might stack up to that of Dwight D. Eisenhower—a leader with no prior political experience, but arguably one of the best prepared men imaginable to assume the presidency in a time of crisis.                  

Providence: Obama’s Farewell Address: Goodbye to All That

01/09/2017

This article was originally posted at Providence. Perhaps the best-known memoir of post-war disillusionment is the 1929 book Goodbye to All That. In it, poet Robert Graves laid bare the confusion, cynicism, and loss of innocence brought on by the mechanized slaughter of the First World War. “Pessimism made everyone superstitious,” Graves wrote, “and I found […]

Georgetown Journal: Judgment Day: The Collapse of Soviet Communism

12/26/2016

The peaceful disintegration of the Soviet Union twenty-five years ago, on December 26, 1991, astonished nearly everyone in the democratic West.

Providence: Reagan, the Soviets, & the Ash-Heap of History

12/19/2016

This article was originally posted at Providence. In one of the most prophetic speeches of the twentieth century, Ronald Reagan predicted the moral and political collapse of the mighty Soviet Union—a full decade before it occurred. At a time when the liberal establishment took the continued presence and influence of Soviet communism for granted, Reagan saw […]

Providence: Countdown to Infamy

12/07/2016

This article was originally posted at Providence. Twelve days before the Japanese attack on the United States at Pearl Harbor, one of the nation’s most prominent liberal clergymen, Charles Clayton Morrison, denounced the growing talk of American involvement in the European war against Nazism. As editor of the Christian Century, Morrison had used his influential magazine […]

Providence: The Failure to Protect: Syria, the Christian Church, and Humanitarian Intervention

11/18/2016

This article was originally posted at Providence. What follows is an edited version of Loconte’s remarks at the Evangelicals for Peace conference “Christians Engaging Global Conflict: Syria,” held on Nov. 16-17, 2016, in Washington, DC. When history renders its judgment of the conduct of the Western democracies toward the Syrian civil war, what will it be? […]

Huffington Post: Choking Like a Dog

11/07/2016

This article was originally posted at Huffington Post. Early in this sordid and salacious campaign season, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump derided Mitt Romney for losing his 2012 presidential bid against Barack Obama with these words: “He choked like a dog.” But the choking dog today has orange hair. Nominated by the party of Lincoln, the […]