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A Conciliar Critique, Etc.
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A Conciliar Critique, Etc.

It is significant but not surprising that Ross Douthat in his book The Decadent Society and reviewer John M. DeJak (“A Decadent Diagnosis,” August 2020 Chronicles) both overlooked the pivotal impact of Vatican II and Catholic social doctrine.

These

Our Recessional Culture
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Our Recessional Culture

I was born in 1964, in a country that most people, inside America and out, regarded as the greatest on the planet. Indeed, many felt that America in the early 1960s was the greatest country there had ever been.

There

Rebranding the Right
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Rebranding the Right

American Conservatism: Reclaiming an Intellectual Tradition; Edited by Andrew J. Bacevich; Library of America; 663 pp., $29.95

 

A couple years after Russell Kirk’s death, I made a pilgrimage to his ancestral home in Mecosta, Michigan. My buddy and I

The Poor Man’s Sam Francis
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The Poor Man’s Sam Francis

The New Class War: Saving Democracy From the Managerial Elite; by Michael Lind; Portfolio; 224 pp., $25.00

 


A mostly white, cosmopolitan “overclass” rules America with a technocratic fist through the union of public and private spheres after pulling off

When Is Enough Pandering Really Enough?
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When Is Enough Pandering Really Enough?

Having forced myself to listen to most of the Republican National Convention (RNC) orations in late August, I was struck by what my daughter, who had done such work professionally, characterized as the program’s “underlying marketing strategy.” The GOP’s advisers

What the Editors Are Reading
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What the Editors Are Reading

The New York Times recently spoke ex cathedra on the American founding through its “1619 Project.” You probably learned in grade school a cartoonish story about white guys in powdered wigs declaring America’s independence in 1776. The Sulzberger family’s College

Remembering Russell Kirk
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Remembering Russell Kirk

Historians of the American right agree that Russell Kirk (1918-1994) was one of the key figures in the birth of the postwar conservative movement. Indeed, Kirk more than anyone was responsible for reintroducing the term “conservative” into American political conversation

The Sensual and the Savage
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The Sensual and the Savage

Yes, God, Yes

Directed and written by Karen Maine ◆ Produced by Maiden Voyage and RT Features ◆ Distributed by Vertical Entertainment

Waiting for the Barbarians

Directed by Ciro Guerra ◆ Screenplay and novel by J. M. Coetzee ◆ Produced

U.S. Politics Gives Brits a Bad Trip
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U.S. Politics Gives Brits a Bad Trip

“Covering American politics is like crack,” a veteran British journalist told me last year. “Once you’ve had a taste nothing else gives the same high.”

I now think I know what he meant—though LSD might be a more apt comparison.

Secession Becomes Thinkable
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Secession Becomes Thinkable

American Secession: The Looming Threat of a National Breakup; by F. H. Buckley; Encounter Books; 184 pp., $23.99

 


When asked whether a state can constitutionally secede from the United States, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia brushed the question aside,

In This Number: October 2020
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In This Number: October 2020

Last month we wrapped up the first Chronicles reader survey conducted in quite some time. Overall, the survey reinforced what we sensed about you, our loyal readers, and the direction you’d like to see the magazine go. Thank you to

Books in Brief: October 2020
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Books in Brief: October 2020

Retroculture: Taking America Back, by William S. Lind (Arktos Media; 212 pp., $18.95). One of the editors of this publication practically laughed in my face when I recently proclaimed myself a “city girl.”

“You’re not a city girl,” he