Gracy Olmstead
Gracy Olmstead
Gracy Olmstead
Gracy Olmstead is associate managing editor at The Federalist and the Thursday editor of BRIGHT, a weekly newsletter for women. Her writings can also be found at The American Conservative, The Week, Christianity Today, Acculturated, The University Bookman, and Catholic Rural Life.
New Minnesota Law Seeks To Help Aspiring Farmers Get Started

The law provides a 5 percent tax credit to older farmers who sell their land to beginning farmers, thus incentivizing the continued legacy of U.S. farms.

‘Harry Potter’ Offered Millennials Enchantment In A Disenchanted World

Although few millennials would admit it, their love for ‘Harry Potter’ is more like veneration than fandom: It’s a secular stand-in for religious belief.

‘House Of Cards’ Should Focus Less On Current Events And More On Political Fable

The Underwood machine is driven by Machiavellian political theory. That makes the show less eery in the age of Trump, but it’s no less powerful.

We Need To Stop Treating Our Politics Like Religious Dogma

We all want and need community. If our politics makes community impossible, then perhaps we’ve gotten things a bit messed up.

5 Big Things To Know And Celebrate About G.K. Chesterton

Today, 86 years after his death, we’re reminded that joviality and wisdom can do more to woo a culture than any austere dogma ever could.

Trump’s Twitter Presidency Is The One We All Deserve

Many people think Trump’s a bad president, and a dangerous one when he tweets. Yet, ironically, they can’t manage to look away.

Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman Manages The Tough Task Of Winsomely Portraying Virtue

The new ‘Wonder Woman’ film transcends our political moment and offers something—or rather, someone—both inspiring and thoughtful.

The Right Shouldn’t Let The Left’s Hysteria Keep Us From Stewarding Nature

The roots of conservative thought promote stewardship over subjugation. We have to embrace that message.

Meet The WWII Soldier I Remember On Memorial Day

My grandpa was a teenager when he fought in World War II. It took decades—and a conversion to Christianity—to bring him peace from his experiences with war.

Ramming The Country Towards Impeachment Will Be Disastrous

Getting President Trump impeached may give Democrats short-term victory. But by infuriating rural voters, it’s sure to widen the schism between our ‘two Americas.’

To Repair Our Fractured Republic, Get To Know Your Neighbors

Social capital depends on real presence. It’s the sort of connection that only happens via geographic proximity, not on social media.

Does This Study Signal The Death Of The Stradivarius Violin?

For centuries, we’ve mythologized the sound and quality of Stradivarius instruments. Now, a blind test shows that audiences prefer the sound of new violins.

Classic Rock Makes ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ Great

So long as James Gunn keeps dishing out fantastic music and witty dialogue, his films will offer audiences something no other Marvel series can.

It’s Jane Jacobs’ Birthday. Here’s Why She Matters More Than Ever

What does Jane Jacobs have to teach us today? Are her observations on city communities still applicable to today’s urban environments?

‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Isn’t About Christianity Or Conservatives, It’s About Fundamentalism

Margaret Atwood’s novel condemns the fundamentalist vices of the Right, just as Aldous Huxley’s ‘Brave New World’ addressed perilous tendencies of the Left.

Meet Your New Secretary Of Agriculture, America

Sonny Perdue was raised on a farm in the deep south, rose to power in Georgia politics, and is no stranger to powerful agribusinesses.

Our 100-Day Obsession Only Makes The Presidency More Powerful

For all his condemnations of Obama’s energetic presidency, Trump feels pressured to be just as energetic, or more so, in the first 100 days of his own.

5 Nascent Political Trends Georgia’s House Race Highlights For The Nation

While it’s unlikely that Jon Osoff will win the upcoming runoff election, one thing is clear: Democrats won’t make the same voter turnout mistake twice.

We Need To Talk About The Dangers Of Facebook Live

Steve Stephens offered a live murder account to unsuspecting Facebook viewers, achieving viral (and horrific) fame. And he’s not the first.

If It’s Hard To Imagine A Day Without Your Phone, That’s A Good Reason To Try It

How many Americans could spend a whole day without phone, iPad, computer, or television? What new habits or hobbies could we form sans technology?