• A Hobbit a Wardrobe and a Great war



National Review: Tolkien’s Deadly Dragons


While the author of “The Hobbit” disliked allegory, his great thematic preoccupation with the struggle between good and evil remains as relevant as ever.

National Affairs: Two Revolutions for Freedom


Shortly after the storming of the Bastille prison in Paris on July 14, 1789, the English political theorist Edmund Burke wrote a letter to Lord Charlemont, the first president of the Royal Irish Academy.

The Hill: An immigrant’s journey to US citizenship rebukes extremists in immigration debate


For all of its contradictions and injustices, the 20th century American melting pot transformed millions of immigrants into productive citizens.

National Review: John Locke, Catholicism, and the American Founding


A revival of Lockean liberalism would do much to tame the hatreds now afflicting the soul of the West.

National Review: Oxford Don vs. the Devil


A new book provides a concise and compelling introduction to the great author and Christian apologist.

National Review: An Insider’s Guide to Italian Insults


Chris Cuomo’s pugilistic outburst earlier this week reinforced the usual tropes about Italian Americans.

Wall Street Journal: The Versailles Treaty Gets a Bum Rap


The Great War’s horrors, spiritual emptiness and a pack of lies made another world war inevitable.

Providence: 1919: Wilson, the Covenant, and the Improbable League


From a window in the Hall of Mirrors at the Versailles Palace, the view of its famed gardens and fountains is a welcome reward for negotiating the crush of tourists throughout the palace chambers.

National Review: Mussolini and the End of Liberal Democracy


With the centennial of the Versailles Treaty approaching, let’s remember who the real progenitor of Fascism was.

National Review: Tolkien Film Fails to Capture the Majesty of His Achievement


The central mystery that the biopic cannot penetrate is a belief in the sudden act of grace.