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Commentary


National Review: The Totalitarian Temptation Remains

11/02/2022

Mussolini understood something about the human need to worship.

The National Interest: Is This America’s Mussolini Moment?

10/20/2022

Whatever the ultimate fate of Trumpism, America’s Mussolini moment is far from over.

Law & Liberty: A Forgotten Champion of Religious Liberty

09/26/2022

Dirck Coornhert’s 1582 Synod on the Freedom of Conscience speaks to our polarized age.

The National Interest: Toleration, Liberalism, and Lessons for a Fractured America

09/16/2022

The bitter sectarianism that enveloped sixteenth-century Europe offers a warning about the tribalism that now darkens American public life.

National Review: One Hundred Years Ago, ‘Following the Science’ Meant Supporting Eugenics

08/02/2022

How G. K. Chesterton stood against an evil that was once frighteningly mainstream.

Wall Street Journal: J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lesson About Evil for Our Time

06/21/2022

As Gildor the elf told the Shire in ‘The Lord of the Rings’: ‘The wide world is all about you . . . you cannot forever fence it out.’

National Review: Russia and Realism, American-Style

06/09/2022

The shadow of Russian barbarism has returned — and the impulse toward isolationism will not drive it out.

National Review: When Ronald Reagan Sent the Soviet Union to the Ash Heap of History

06/08/2022

Remembering the timeless wisdom of President Reagan’s Westminster speech, 40 years ago today.

National Review: Locke’s Radical Claims for Conscience

06/07/2022

Perhaps the most undervalued quality of a great mind or, at least, an awakened mind is the willingness to abandon cherished ideas that cannot stand up to new evidence. English philosopher John Locke possessed such a mind.

National Review: Putin’s Bloody Leviathan

04/13/2022

The Russian autocrat’s dark and violent vision of state power is not without precedent — but neither is the Lockean answer to it.