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National Review: What Winston Churchill Understood about America


‘The third great title-deed’ of freedom, he called it. American exceptionalism drew its moral strength from British exceptionalism.

National Review: Classical Liberals vs. National Conservatives in the Age of Coronavirus


The government’s response to the pandemic should give conservative advocates of a more powerful state pause.

The Hill: Pandemics and the survival of the fittest


Today, in the throes of the coronavirus pandemic, the dominant theme is saving lives, regardless of the economic cost.

National Review: The Queen’s Speech


Pity the heart that could not be moved and lifted by it.

National Interest: America Has a History of Pandemic Denial


Donald Trump wasn’t the first president to misunderestimate a national threat. Franklin Roosevelt played his part in the collective denial and dishonesty of the age—until the “ideology of fascism” contagion came knocking.

National Interest: The Future of Freedom in the Era of Dictatorial Rule


The rule of law cannot be counted on to protect the rights of minorities and political dissenters. The result—as John Locke predicted—is social unrest and revolution.

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.