Politics and Public Life

To Anyone Who Thinks the Ralph Northam Controversy Is Insignificant

Controversy erupted this week after Virginia’s Democratic governor, Ralph Northam, not only defended a late-term abortion bill but also insinuated that babies could be left to die after birth. Many Republicans, including President Donald Trump and Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse, made public statements about the moral repugnance of Northam’s remarks. Through a spokesperson, Northam, a former pediatric doctor, said his [ Read More ]

Why Marxism Fails as a Substitute for Christianity

Recently, I hosted a one-day seminar on socialism at my home in Raleigh, facilitated by Romanian public intellectual Mihail Neamtu. The seminar is part of my ongoing research into authoritarian and totalitarian temptations in Western societies. For the seminar, we read portions of Romanian historian Mircea Eliade’s The Myth of the Eternal Return, French philosopher [ Read More ]

Is There a “Demon” in American Democracy?

During the upcoming year, I will be researching the authoritarian and totalitarian impulses that exist in Western societies. In November, I read Hannah Arendt’s reflections on how to spot and resist totalitarian movements and Augusto Del Noce’s The Age of Secularization and The Crisis of Modernity, which argue that scientism and eroticism have combined to create a [ Read More ]

Hannah Arendt on How to Spot (and Resist) Authoritarian and Totalitarian Leaders and Movements

During the upcoming year, I intend to study the authoritarian and totalitarian impulses that exist among portions of the Left and the Right in Western liberal democracies. I’ve just finished reading a fascinating book, Polish political philosopher Ryszard Legutko’s The Demon in Democracy: Totalitarian Temptations in Free Societies. I’ll also read Italian political philosopher Augusto [ Read More ]

Should Pastors Address Political Debates from the Pulpit?

It’s an age-old question, made more relevant by the insistence of media outlets and political pundits: Should pastors directly address contemporary political issues? Some commentators argue that Christianity offers a moral framework that is directly relevant to policy issues and thus the pastor should speak to politics. At other times the argument is made that [ Read More ]