Patrick J. Deneen

Just Don’t Say God

December 17, 2011
In this season of the “holidays,” it was announced several days ago that Fairfax County schools would be permitted to install video surveillance cameras in High Schools. Fairfax County is frequently lauded as being one of the best public school…
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Defending Distributism

December 1, 2011
Until one of us finds the time to slap down Joe Carter’s attack on distributism (as Rod Dreher called upon us to do), I’ll direct our good readers to a searing post by Thaddeus Kozinski. One small-owner money quote: Robert…
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A Newer Atlantis

December 1, 2011
I received the latest issue of the essential journal The New Atlantis yesterday, and was honored once again to appear in its pages. The essay in question – entitled “The Science of Politics and the Conquest of Nature” – is…
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Back to Texas

November 16, 2011
I will be lecturing tomorrow, Thursday, November 17 at the University of Texas at Austin. My lecture is entitled “Why Great Books?” and is being sponsored by the Jefferson Center for the Study of Core Texts and Ideas. I described…
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Rousseau on Economics

October 17, 2011
“If what you wish is merely to make a great splash, to be impressive and formidable, to influence other peoples of Europe, you have before you their example: get busy and imitate it. Cultivate the sciences, the arts, commerce, industry;…
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To the Windy City and the Golden Dome

October 10, 2011
I’ll be in The City of the Big Shoulders this Thursday and Friday, October 13-14, both to attend and to participate in a conference at the University of Chicago honoring and reflecting on the work of Jean Bethke Elshtain. While…
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The Return of the Red Tory

October 5, 2011
Our friend Phillip Blond returns to the U.S., landing first in Washington, D.C., where he will join me tomorrow evening, Thursday October 6 for a “conversation” about his recent work, his take on the current political and economic situation, his…
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A Question for David Brooks

StAugustine September 29, 2011
Alexandria, VA On Monday night of this week, New York Times columnist David Brooks spoke at Georgetown University at the invitation of the program that I founded and direct, “The Tocqueville Forum on the Roots of American Democracy.” A large…
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“Thrift and Thriving in America”

September 26, 2011
…is the title of a new multi-author volume edited by Joshua J. Yates and James Davison Hunter of the Institute of Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia. I was one of the initial reviewers of the book,…
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Rd U Ltr NOT :(

September 21, 2011
More reportage, now by Niall Ferguson, of the obviously depressing news – we are raising a nation of idiots. Half of today’s teenagers don’t read books—except when they’re made to. According to the most recent survey by the National Endowment…
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Consolidators

September 21, 2011
Get ready to fall off your seat. Sarah Palin, a.k.a., Flawed Vessel, recently received a bit of positive press in the New York Times. According to the Time’s Anand Giridharadas, Palin’s recent speech in Iowa seemed to show a willingness…
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Ratification Debate, Part II

September 19, 2011
Tonight, September 19, FPR’s own Bill Kauffman will gird up to re-make the case of the Anti-federalists at the Tocqueville Forum‘s annual Constitution Day event. He will be debating Professor Colleen Sheehan of Villanova University, defender of the “consolidators.” It…
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Nine Eleven

TT September 11, 2011
Alexandria, VA September 11, 2001, we are frequently told, is the day that “changed everything.” For the 3,000 people in New York City and Washington D.C. who were killed on that blue-skied day, and for their families, that 9-11 “changed…
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Rod’s Back

September 6, 2011
Dreher, that is, with a new blog at The American Conservative website. Congratulations to both, and especially all of us, who have missed his voice over the past year. We’ll be working to get him to write over here on…
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A Human Education

August 22, 2011
From Pope Benedict XVI’s Address to Young University Professors: “Where will young people encounter those reference points in a society which is increasingly confused and unstable? At times one has the idea that the mission of a university professor nowadays…
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Community AND Liberty OR Individualism AND Statism

leviathan July 29, 2011
(What follows is the text of the remarks that I delivered at the recently concluded I.S.I. Honors Program. The conference was entitled “The Language of Liberty”).   Fells Point, Baltimore A narrative today dominates our political landscape that poses liberty…
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