Political Theory

National Interest, National Purpose: Reimagining Morality and Foreign Policy
National Interest, National Purpose: Reimagining Morality and Foreign Policy

The United States was the first modern polity to claim political legitimacy on the basis of its recognition of certain truths, hard-wired into the human condition, about the human person and freedom. It would be unworthy of us not to take that history seriously as we think about our responsibilities in the world in the twenty-first century.

The Disjunction of Liberal Theory and Liberal Polities
The Disjunction of Liberal Theory and Liberal Polities

The confounding of contentious liberal theories with actual concrete polities stems from the assumption that liberal democratic states are somehow the product of liberal theories.

The Virtue of Individualism
The Virtue of Individualism

A growing chorus of people blames individualism for many of America’s social ills. From increasing social isolation, to decreasing trust in…

The West Overestimates Aleksandr Dugin’s Influence in Russia
The West Overestimates Aleksandr Dugin’s Influence in Russia

Proponents of the “Dugin the mastermind” argument need to substantiate their claims with evidence and ask themselves how effective, if at all, is Dugin at influencing Kremlin elites and Russian foreign policy.

The Top 5 Books on American Foreign Policy
The Top 5 Books on American Foreign Policy

Here are some of the top books to help you understand the history of American foreign policy.

What You Should Know about Integralism
What You Should Know about Integralism

While there are many nuances and side issues in the debate between David French and Sohrab Ahmari, the crux of the disagreement appears to be a general clash between two opposing political philosophies adopted by religious believers: Catholic integralism and classical liberalism.

Against “Conservative Democracy”
Against “Conservative Democracy”

Paul Miller: I don’t want bureaucrats in Washington, DC, to develop a blueprint of the correct form of national culture we’re supposed to identify with. Any effort to do so will inevitably, and justifiably, backfire.

Memorial Day’s Idea of America

Julian Jackson’s new biography of Charles De Gaulle, both wonderful and definitive, contrasts his subject’s vision of nation with that…

Ancient Tragedy Returns to Foreign Policy: Book Review of Hal Brands and Charles Edel The Lessons of Tragedy
Ancient Tragedy Returns to Foreign Policy: Review of Brands and Edel’s The Lessons of Tragedy

Did the American people lose their sense of tragedy after the Soviet Union fell, or is something else afoot?