Populism

Either Meritocracy or the Common Good, Not Both: A Review of Michael Sandel’s The Tyranny of Merit
Either Meritocracy or the Common Good, Not Both: A Review of Michael Sandel’s The Tyranny of Merit

In The Tyranny of Merit: What’s Become of the Common Good? Michael Sandel eloquently argues a sobering idea: America can pursue meritocracy or the common good, but not both.

The Capitol Storming Epitomizes the Shift from a Religious to Post-Religious Right
The Capitol Storming Epitomizes the Shift from a Religious to Post-Religious Right

The Storming of the US Capitol reveals a shift from a primarily conservative and faith-driven religious right to an increasingly revolutionary and post-religious right.

Two Tasks after the Insurrection at the US Capitol
Two Tasks after the Insurrection at the US Capitol

The insurrection on Epiphany reveals essential tasks—for America to prevent another attack and for the church to respond properly to the misuse of its symbols.

New Traditionalists

Here’s my interview with George Mason University political scientist Colin Dueck about the “new traditionalists” who are reshaping American conservatism,…

Europe and the Crisis of American Preeminence: Germany’s Place in the Global Balance of Power
Europe and the Crisis of American Preeminence: Germany’s Place in the Global Balance of Power

The German question has returned, along with the greatest foreign policy issue facing Americans regarding the European balance of power.

The Last Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, or One of the Greats? Boris Johnson Scottish Independence
The Last Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, or One of the Greats?

If Boris Johnson responds successfully not only to English populism and Brexit but also Scottish nationalism, he would arguably become one of the great prime ministers of British history. Is he the right figure for the task?

Culture and Religion Divide Europe, Affecting US-Europe Relations
Culture and Religion Divide Europe, Affecting US-Europe Relations

Divergent conceptions of religion, nationalism, and the role of the state leave Europe divided in ways it has not been since the end of the Cold War.

Britain, Brexit, and Leadership Failure
Britain, Brexit, and Leadership Failure

The Brexit process has sown a double distrust. Politicians doubt the wisdom of the electorate, and many of the voters doubt the goodwill of their leaders. It bodes ill for the future, especially at a time when populist parties are in the ascendancy across Europe.

Europe Populism Nationalism Threat
Does Europe Face a Populism, Nationalism Threat?

There are at least two powerful nationalisms in Europe that are chauvinistic, appropriate religious institutions and identities, and are led by powerful leaders.