Archive for June 2013

George W. Carey: R.I.P.

Long time Georgetown University political theorist (and my mentor) George Carey passed away this week. The American Conservative has just published a symposium highlighting his work and influence. Traditional conservatives have lost a great...

Truth on the Losing Side

Justice Scalia’s dissents in the two same-sex “marriage” cases are worth reading. The first opinion addresses the idea of judicial supremacy within the federal government—what Jefferson called “the despotism of an oligarchy”: “This ca...

The War Comes Home

This Friday, June 28, Copperhead, which Ron Maxwell directed from my adaptation of a Harold Frederic novella, opens in about 70 cities. A second wave of openings washes across the fruited plains July 19. You can find where it’s playin...

Engagement vs. Efficiency

The Atlantic has a piece describing how the standards of the machine have wrongly been applied to human performances. It’s time to rethink productivity. More output, produced faster may be great metrics for machines, but for homo sapi...

Do Protestants Belong?

Hillsdale, Mich. Ever since I have lived, moved, and had my being in conservative circles, I have encountered an unspoken ambivalence about Protestantism. (Truth in advertising: I am a Reformed Protestant, Calvinist for the church-history c...

Seemliness and Scale

The terms ‘seemly’ (conforming to accepted notions of propriety or good taste) and ‘unseemly’ (not proper or appropriate) describe behaviors which are not, strictly speaking, moral or immoral, legal or illegal, but which are nevertheless fi...

American Agrarian (On Sale Now)

How gratifying to learn of the cultural ascendancy of the Porchers! We’ve made it, we’ve convinced Americans of the abiding values of place, limits, and liberty. As evidence, I direct you to the newish “agrarian” line of products from the h...