Nathanael Blake
Nathanael Blake
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Nathanael Blake has a PhD in political theory. He lives in Missouri.
Our National Debt And Government Spending Are A Moral Abomination

Parents and grandparents who otherwise work hard to help their kids have no compunction about burdening them with endless budget deficits resulting in a crushing national debt.

How ‘Uncultured Multiculturalism’ Unravels The Problems Of Retelling Tolkien’s Tales

J.R.R. Tolkien’s tales of Middle-earth remain as beloved as ever. Yet, as our superficial culture rushes to absorb and adapt his work, it continually fails to understand the themes that make his work meaningful.

Americans Have Such Bad Sex Because Our Consent Standard Depends On Violence

The sexual revolution promised that hookups, casual encounters, and short-term relationships would be enjoyable and liberating, but they often result in misery and exploitation.

Crackdowns On Flying With Pets Illustrate Hazards Of Special Privileges

What originated as a protection for highly trained service dogs and the people who rely on them has become an exploit available to any unscrupulous pet owner.

No, Washington Post, Socrates Was Not A Social Justice Warrior

Social justice warriors are not the heirs of Socrates; they are precisely the sort of people who had Socrates sentenced to death.

It’s Time To Call A Truce In The Outrage Wars, Or We All Lose

The Right is matching the Left outrage-mob for outrage-mob, with a Republican president leading the way. This is going nowhere good.

To Understand Why Liberalism Is Failing On Right And Left, Read Patrick Deneen’s Latest

In ‘Why Liberalism Failed,’ Notre Dame Professor Patrick Deneen ably tackles some of the biggest questions of the our age: For all its benefits, why is liberalism failing, and making so many people unhappy?

Why Demanding A Right To ‘Dignity’ Destroys All Rights And Dignity Itself

Not only is there no constitutional warrant for securing ‘dignity,’ but the equal protection of such a right is impossible. Relying on government to ensure it results in state-imposed orthodoxy.

Why America Needs More Fathers Like The Clueless Ted Wheeler In ‘Stranger Things’

Ted Wheeler may not look so bad to those whose fathers were abusive or absent (or both). Indeed, despite his flaws, he’s not even close to being the worst father in ‘Stranger Things.’

How Democrats’ Political Extremism Empowers President Trump

Given a rare shot at a Senate seat in Alabama, the Democrats nominated a candidate who supports killing full-term babies. All together now: this is how you got Trump.

To Win More Political Victories, Evangelicals Need To Stop Thinking Of America As ‘A Christian Nation’

Evangelical politics as an alliance between Roy Moore and Donald Trump illustrates a crisis of evangelical political activism and theology.

5 Big Fat Myths About LGBT Discrimination Laws

Those on the Left cheering as anti-discrimination law is turned into a weapon against the First Amendment freedoms should consider whether they really want to weaken these rights.

Self-Righteousness Infects All Sides Of Our Politics, And Makes Us Ridiculous

For many, politics is a way of showing oneself to be smarter, more enlightened, more compassionate, and more attuned to injustice than others.

Taylor Swift’s Terrible ‘Look What You Made Me Do’ Is Perfect For America

Taylor Swift’s atonal chanting about revenge and blaming others for what we do perfectly fits our current politics and culture.

There Is No Such Thing As White Cultural Heritage. The West’s Legacy Is Open To All

Their claims to Western culture—an essentially multi-racial, multi-ethnic legacy—are fake. The alt-right is attacking, not protecting, this culture.

What Happened At Mizzou Could Happen At Most U.S. Universities

Universities are vulnerable to domination by left-wing radicals, not because they are led by radicals, but because they are led by hollow men and women.

Cake Wars And The Coming Conflict Over Religious Liberty

In the new book, ‘Debating Religious Liberty and Discrimination,’ three authors debate the need to protect religious liberty from zealous LGBT advocates. It’s a civil debate, but the persecution of of people of faith over the issue remains as uncivil as ever.

Obamacare Debate Is Largely About Welfare For Unhealthy Middle-Class Americans

The accusation that Republicans really want to shove the inhabitants of pediatric cancer wards onto the streets to die is obscuring the health-care debate we need to have.

Hysteria Over ‘Transracialism’ Article Outs The New Left As Witch Hunters

What is fascinating here is not the argument over whether the logic of transgenderism also justifies transracialism. Rather, it is the reaction to the article.