Weekly Friday Posts

February 22, 2019

I’m taking a brief break from the regular Friday blog posts and will resume the How does a Conservative differ from a Secularist? series next week.  In the meanwhile, I didn’t want to leave you loyal readers hanging so I thought I’d compile a smattering of conservative wisdom:

Russell Kirk

political theorist, moralist, historian, social critic, and literary critic

“I think that men are better than beasts, and that life is something more than the gra...

February 19, 2019

How developed is your worldview?  How deep does it go?  Have you taken the time to rigorously study and challenge your belief system or have you—like most of us—struggled to find the time as so many other important things in life have kept you busy?

The pathway most of us take as we develop and mature is to adopt the belief system of our upbringing—typically whatever our parents believe.  Then, sometime around high school and on into college,...

February 15, 2019

Secularism, like most political terms these days, can mean many things.  As I endeavored to explain in Part 1, the sort of secularism I wish to compare and contrast with the conservative view is the secularism that is not merely neutral on religious matters, but holds to the belief that religious and moral teachings have no business in the public square because they cannot be factual in the same way that science can be factual.

This is a belief we...

February 8, 2019

Thus far in the How does a Conservative differ series I’ve compared conservatism to libertarianism, authoritarianism, populism, centrism, and—most recently—nationalism.  Now I’d like to turn our focus to secularism.

And by secularism I’m not referring to the principle of separating institutions of government from institutions of religion—though that idea is present.  Rather, I mean an indifference, rejection, or exclusion of religious consideratio...

February 5, 2019

Across college campuses and in our nation’s capital political activism is on the rise.  But it’s not just a tool of the Left as more and more Right-leaning activist organizations are appearing.  What exactly is political activism?  What are its potential benefits or defects?  And how might activism fit with a conservative worldview?

Joining Josh on the podcast is National Review staff writer Alexandra DeSanctis.  Alexandra has been...

February 1, 2019

Social media was aflutter this week with former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz’s noncommittal announcement that he’s actually most certainly totally serious about considering running for president in 2020.

As an Independent.

Now, this post isn’t about whether Howard Schultz has a plausible chance of winning (he doesn’t).  Nor is it about whether Schultz is likely to make a good president (he isn’t).  Nor is it about whether Schultz’s run as an Indepe...

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