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Giving Up on the Suburbs
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Giving Up on the Suburbs

In the last week of February, the Pennsylvania Republican Party met to decide whether or not to censure U.S. Senator Pat Toomey for multiple offenses, chiefly for criticizing his Republican colleagues for daring to question whether Joe Biden was truly

Sir Roger Scruton: Britain’s Culture Warrior
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Sir Roger Scruton: Britain’s Culture Warrior

I first heard Roger Scruton speak at the 1993 regional Philadelphia Society meeting in Dearborn, Michigan, organized to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Russell Kirk’s The Conservative Mind. Scruton spoke on the topic of “The Conservative Mind Abroad” in

Maistre in the Dock
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Maistre in the Dock

In September 2010, Émile Perreau-Saussine, age 37, was rushed to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, U.K., with chest pains.  The junior physician on staff misdiagnosed his condition and thus failed to prevent his death hours later of a massive heart attack. 

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O’Donnellmania

The upset defeat of long-time congressman and former governor Mike Castle by Christine O’Donnell in the Delaware Republican senatorial primary on September 14 revealed more about the frustrations of conservative voters with the GOP establishment than about the strengths of

Remaking Conservatism
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Remaking Conservatism

Charles Kesler, in an otherwise unremarkable essay in the Claremont Review of Books (Summer 2009), argues that an effective response to the challenges of modern liberalism requires a revolution within conservatism.  He says a reformation on the right must involve

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Father Abraham: Conservative?

The bicentenary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln has seen the publication of a host of new books and magazine articles celebrating the legacy of the 16th president.  Lincoln’s popularity is probably at its highest point thus far, and Honest

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The Moral Temper

Fr. James Pereiro’s new history of the Victorian Church examines a much-neglected element of the Oxford Movement’s central tenets.  Ethos, he contends, was the key component in the development of a complex theory of knowledge that Tractarians—named after the

New Blood
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New Blood

The modern age has known many false prophets who have challenged the moral and spiritual beliefs of the Christian faith. Although churchmen have not always been vigilant in defense of traditional religion, one institution able to resist the secularizing trends