Is Small Still Beautiful? A Swiss Perspective

From a Swiss perspective, small is beautiful. As important as recognizing this is, it is also worth considering the reasons behind this. There are three concepts rooted in economic anthropology that can help us understand this better: first, ‘scarcity and alertness’; second, ‘bonding and bridging’; and third, ‘competition’.

Reclaiming Childhood Through Poetry

I’m going to talk about poetry today. It has occurred to me lately that in the United States, only Christians … [and a few] Orthodox Jews, can still understand what in the world a child is, what a wonder a child is, what a child is even for. Let me begin with the last stanza of … Keats’ “Ode to Autumn”.

Filling the Law-Shaped Hole in ‘Migration’

Faced with the large, often uncontrolled movements of people we see around the world today, many countries – including my own – are seeking to more effectively protect their borders, enforce their immigration laws, and generally ensure that immigration promotes the interests of their citizens. But effective national solutions for migration must begin with clear and informed thinking about problems.

The Western Abdication of Natural Rights

Thomas Jefferson, while not recognizing any established religion in the newly created United States, realized that in order to enact laws that would ensure the ‘unalienable’ and ‘self-evident’ natural rights, they could not separate themselves from God and his natural law.  But today, the Western body politic has altogether abandoned that natural law.

The Spengler Society & Michel Houellebecq

After decades of relative neglect, Oswald Spengler is being remembered as one of the undisputed key thinkers of the 20th century—and as a philosopher whose predictions about the future of the West seem to fulfil themselves at a surprising speed.

Trump: The Great Disruptor

Disruption is natural to life. It is everywhere, and for that we should be thankful.

​The 2018 U.S. mid-term elections​

A range of emotions was likely felt among the polarized electorate in the U.S.

​Monarchy—once and future

It may seem odd to have an American address a gathering of Czech monarchists. Were not the United States born in a revolution against a King? Has not much of our foreign policy for the past century been dedicated to pushing monarchs off their thrones—and keeping them off? How can a patriotic American who claims to love his country possibly favour monarchy?

Shattered reflections on Hemingway

By some surfing accident on YouTube, I stumbled on a short black-and-white video of a Cuban journalist conducting a Spanish-language…

National Sovereignty & Transatlantic Relations

Sovereignty—especially American sovereignty—stands in the way of creating a better world.  Sovereignty keeps us from developing adequately the institutions we…

Europe as a Cultural Morgue: An Interview with Anthony Esolen

What is your opinion about President Trump’s first year? I don’t write much about politics, because ours is almost irredeemably…

​Legitimizing What is Human: An Interview with Rèmi Brague

​”Every time society has gotten rid of the divine we have seen it return as unfriendly divinities demanding human sacrifice.”…