Patrick J. Deneen

Patrick J. Deneen teaches political theory at the University of Notre Dame. He is the author of two books: The Odyssey of Political Theory and Democratic Faith. He posts weekly at "The American Conservative." http://www.theamericanconservative.com/author/patrick-j-deneen/

Katniss Everdeen, Localist

A mysterious author by the name of “J,” a writer at the suspiciously derivatively-titled website “Back Porch Republic,” has posted a thoughtful and provocative examination of “The Hunger Games” as a portr...

Birzer Against the Machine

Don’t miss Brad Birzer’s superbly thoughtful essay “Christian Humanists Challenge the Machine.” He provides a lucid historical and philosophical roadmap tracing the anti-humanism of the modern impulse of mastery, beg...

In the National Cathedral

On Sunday I was the invited speaker at the magnificent National Cathedral in a series devoted to the exploration of political themes. The subject was “The State of Political Language.” The event was recorded, and is available he...

Our Libertarian Future

I was invited by the good people at “Minding the Campus” to write a response to the recently released 2011 American Freshman Survey. My brief essay is now available on their website, and might be of some interest to FPR readers....

Religious Liberty?

Alexandria, VA.  Vast and even incalculable quantities of ink have already been spilled over the issue of the HHS mandate that religious organizations purchase contraception as part of their compliance with the Obama health care plan. It wo...

Gas Bag

George Will has penned an end-of-year pick-me-up for conservatives, counseling them that the likely prospect of Republican Presidential electoral defeat in November (given their sad slate of potential nominees) ought not to get conservative...

Just Don’t Say God

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 be...

Defending Distributism

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 Nisbe...

A Newer Atlantis

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” R...

Back to Texas

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 describe...