Politics & Power

Deliver us from Nowhere

The perils of placeless populism, from The American Conservative.

Election Reflections, 2016 (Part 1)

With the exception of one big think piece on our almost-certainly-soon-to-be-POTUS, Hillary Clinton, I've been quiet this presidential election. I think that's because, in...

Trump in Context

Sioux Center, Iowa. In what he represents, Donald Trump is not as unique as either his admirers or his despisers think. How do we explain...

Twenty Years Now, Where’d They Go?

The Future of Freedom Foundation has reprinted "The Empire versus Little America," my speech from what was, in a parallel universe, the epochal 2010...

Mr. Maturen Goes to Washington

  Queens, NY Many of us have, I imagine, indulged over the course of this summer in a certain amount of GOP doomer porn-- reading (and...

Bill Kauffman on Why We Don’t Need a President

Only the Anti-Federalists, it seems, could envision Lyndon B. Johnson or George W. Bush.

Would Rabbit Angstrom Vote For Trump?

Harry “Rabbit” Angstrom, a former high school basketball star with a spiritual yearning and an outsized libido, may be both John Updike’s most famous...

The Day the Improbable Happened

In 2014, I was in Glasgow for the Scottish referendum. I had spent the day before the referendum out and about in Glasgow and...

The United Kingdom Votes “Localism”

When Front Porch Republic came into the world seven years ago, it did so largely on the strength of an intuition.  Everyone was weary of "bigness."...

Maintenant, ça suffit

I've been out of Paris for a week now, and apart from a brief stop there on my way to London to watch the Brexit...