Articles from American Conservative

Meet the New Puritan, Same As the Old Puritan

It helps a little—just a teeny-weeny bit?—to reflect there’s nothing new under the sun. As with America’s latest puritan episode: tight lips, smoldering eyes, icy rage against human hindrances to realization of the truth as apprehended by—who else?—the puritans themselves. We’ve been there a number of times before, and here we go again.

Keeping Children Out of Jail is ‘Main Street’ Conservatism

Nothing about this year has been normal. Today, we’re facing a global pandemic, mass protests over racial injustice, and an economic recession. The young people in our juvenile justice system have not been exempted from these changes; cases have been delayed, and juvenile courts have temporarily closed or gone virtual.

American Conservatism is (Still) Fusionism

In the winter of 1963-64, Frank Meyer asked me to help him put together a book on the political development du jour—the emergence of a nascent conservative movement. We collected essays from F.A. Hayek on classical liberalism, Russell Kirk on the permanent things, Willmoore Kendall on majoritarian governance, Stanley Parry on Catholic values, and eight other more-or-less conservative contributors.

When National and Metaphysical Narratives Become Pure Abstractions

“I literally hate my family so much,” a teenager states in one of many celebrated, viral, “anti-racist” videos publicly denouncing her parents and hometown for their reaction to George Floyd’s murder. “I do not wanna live here … I hate livin’ around these racist[s].” This politicized teen angst perfectly encapsulates the way Americans think about politics.