Joseph Loconte

Joseph Loconte is an associate professor of history at the King’s College in New York City and a senior editor at Providence. His most recent book is A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War: How J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis Rediscovered Faith, Friendship, and Heroism in the Cataclysm of 1914-1918.
Orlando Massacre and the War on Truth
The Orlando Massacre and the War on Truth

The cultural left treats the Orlando assault as if religious belief plays no role in the modern world, as if there is no difference between a school shooting by a young man who emotionally snaps and a suicide bombing planned and inspired by ISIS.

Faith and a Free Press, Under Assault
Faith and a Free Press, Under Assault

The earliest champions of a free press were not Enlightenment philosophes. They were dissenting Christians, most of them Protestants, battling the political and religious authoritarians of the day.

Clinton on Trump’s Foreign Policy: Right Message, Wrong Messenger
Clinton on Trump’s Foreign Policy: Right Message, Wrong Messenger

The power of the American presidency is like none other on earth. It is a certainty that Trump’s worst vices—his crudeness, his infantile attacks on critics, personal grudges, unchecked egotism—would be magnified the day he took office. Yes, try to imagine Trump with his finger on the nuclear button without trembling.

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The Vietnam Syndrome, Revisited

The rueful lessons of the Vietnam War, especially their roots in the hubris of modern liberalism, remain largely forgotten.

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Rhodes to Ruin: Obama’s Foreign Policy Hatchet Man

Last week’s startling confession by White House operative Ben Rhodes—that the Obama administration lied to the American people about its dealings with Iran to secure a nuclear agreement—not only confirms the perception of a mendacious and arrogant presidency. It exposes a feverish and even delusional frame of mind: an uncompromising revulsion for war that has undermined American security and invited a cascade of extremism, violence, and human suffering.

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Winston Churchill and the Crisis of American Leadership

Throughout his presidency, Obama has appeared profoundly uncomfortable with the qualities most often associated with Churchill: martial resolve, moral clarity, and supreme confidence in the transcendent ideals of Western Civilization.

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Moral Courage, Obama-Style

As the Obama White House sees it, much of the D.C. foreign policy “establishment” is “doing the bidding of their Arab and pro-Israel funders.” Translation: foreign policy experts who disagree with the president do not have the best interests of the United States in mind. This week some members of the so-called foreign policy establishment fired back.

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Reaping the Whirlwind of Apostasy Laws

Why do the Taliban believe they can impose their radical, Islamic ideology upon a nation of 182 million people? Because Pakistan, like other Muslim-majority states, enforces a legal regime that criminalizes apostasy.

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Journalist as Propagandist: Jeffrey Goldberg and the Obama Doctrine

Despite a posture of inquiry, Jeffrey Goldberg’s journalistic empathy dissolves into rank advocacy: journalism as echo chamber. Here is what access to ultimate political power can breed: something that rings false from beginning to end, something much closer to propaganda than truth-seeking.

Exhausting Diplomacy

Exactly when has the determination to “exhaust” all the alternatives to military force ever brought a genocidal regime to its knees? Never.