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


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

Law & Liberty: A Forgotten Champion of Religious Liberty


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


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


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


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


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


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

National Review: Locke’s Radical Claims for Conscience


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


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

RealClearHistory: Realism, Religion, and the Republic


When George Washington sought to warn Americans about the most fearsome threats to their liberty, he did not cast his eyes toward Europe, where nations were waiting, like vultures, to pounce upon the carcass of a failed experiment in self-government.