If you want to know how the American ‘miracle’ came to happen, start with 18th-century preacher Jonathan Mayhew, in the book ‘Father of Liberty.’
Jonah Goldberg’s defense of the legacy of the Enlightenment ends up being mostly a rehearsal of boilerplate 20th-century American conservatism.
Steven Pinker makes a good case that something has been going right in the modern world, but you’re on your own if you want to define exactly what that is.
Jamelle Bouie gives us a critique of the Enlightenment from the Left, and it’s exactly what you were expecting: another excuse to call everyone racist.
There is nothing new under the sun, just different justifications for similar ideas. The Enlightenment had their own for racism, just as all ages have.
Some conservatives are dismissing the eighteenth-century Enlightenment and trying to surrender its brilliant legacy to the enemies of Enlightenment on the Left.
Trying to make our ‘Anglo-American heritage’ seem racially exclusive is not an answer to white nationalists. It’s an echo of them.
Steve Bannon explains President Trump’s ‘economic nationalism’ by taking a famous Reagan aphorism about government and turning it completely on its head.
America is no longer a nation in any meaningful sense—because it has neither Europe’s ‘blood and soil’ nationalism, nor a robust ideas-based nationalism.
Donald Trump’s anti-intellectual populism shows why Republicans shouldn’t try to be the party of the regular guys against the eggheads.
What keeps the president’s “pen” and “phone” from making Congress superfluous? Not much.
Modern experts are confused about what John Locke actually thought. And that’s a problem.
An atheist reads the Bible and discovers how the concept of a “covenant” has profoundly shaped our politics.
There seems to an emerging consensus among sophisticates that non-libertarian conservatism is “reactionary.” They couldn’t be more wrong.
Michael Tomasky’s risible contentions probably tells us more about his intellectual honesty than anything else.
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