The riotous events on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, January 7, have rightly been identified by Michael Lind in a recent essay as another symbol of America’s slow and painful decline. Lind perceptively traces recent incidents of mob violence on both the Left and the Right to five crises that currently affect American society at a deep level: a political crisis, an identity crisis, a social crisis, a demographic crisis, and an economic crisis.

What Lind is diagnosing is the peculiar combination of social factors that make up the neoliberal order — an order that is supported in various ways by…


The expansion of the Child Tax Credit, recently included in a major stimulus package passed through Congress, is justified by the conditions under which families have lived for the last several decades of American capitalism. The assault on the family by late capitalism is hardly new. In the Communist Manifesto, Karl Marx remarked upon the hypocrisy of the bourgeoisie who feigned to uphold the dignity of the family, observing that nothing had so undone the family as capitalism itself. In Marx’s words, “the bourgeois claptrap about the family and education, about the hallowed co-relation of parent and child, becomes all…


Conservative discourse in America has lately set its sights on the new extremes of a “woke” religion currently being preached by the liberal establishment in politics, big business, and the media. The pages of conservative publications are littered with the censure of critical race theory, gender ideology, LGBT ideology, etc. This is as it should be. Yet the reasoning behind certain conservative critiques of wokeism merits closer examination. It is necessary to warn conservatives away from a certain critique of woke liberalism that risks falling into the same moral and ideological traps as the very liberalism it criticizes.

It is…


If recent developments in our nation’s politics have shown us anything, it is that the classical Right-Left political spectrum is either outdated or much more complicated than we commonly assume it is. There are many ways to account for this age-old division: are you on the side of tradition or of progress? Are you on the side of religion or of secularism? Are you a nationalist or a globalist? How one accounts for the composition of the Right and Left quickly becomes complicated by the inclusion of all these factors.

One factor that is commonly neglected in the discourse is…


A vigorously Catholic political philosophy is ascendant in online discourse. Here’s what it holds.

“The Coronation of Mary” in the Sanctuary of Fátima, Portugal

Prior to Vatican II, the Council in which Roman Catholic leadership assembled from 1962 to 1965 to address important theological matters, the Catholic Church had never really been hospitable to the idea of a separation of church and state.

Vatican II didn’t actually deviate from that historically held position. But many observers — including within the Church — thought it did. As a result, a disconcertingly high number of Catholics have been led to believe the Church has little political guidance to offer. And with this has come widespread Catholic reliance on other, usually secular sources — politicians, academics, journalists…


Tensions between China and the U.S in the last few years have produced so much newsworthy material that it is vain to attempt to summarize the main events here: trade wars, Hauwei, coronavirus, travel bans, Hong Kong, and now there is talk of Cold War — a whole lot of drama and hype. Suffice it to say that the U.S. now views China as a national security threat. This is the context for much of the anti-China rhetoric that populates the American political discourse on both the left and the right, despite superficial differences. …


In the Republic, Plato paints a vivid picture of the ideal city, in which the aim of all politics consists in the cultivation of a common life of wisdom, or the pursuit of wisdom — philosophy. Famously, this is why the ruler of the Plato’s city must himself be a philosopher, if he is to lead his subjects on the path to wisdom. This concept of politics is repeated in Plato’s Seventh Letter, where he recounts in detail his own failed attempts to teach philosophy to Dionysios, the tyrant of Syracuse, in the hopes of making him into the ideal…


The White House coronavirus Task Force holds a press conference.

After many days of tense negotiations, the Senate finally passed a massive stimulus bill on Wednesday night, in response to the economic crisis which has been unleashed by COVID-19, or the coronavirus. The pace of the negotations was painfully slow, compared to the quick responses of European countries such as Denmark, whose politicians crafted a strategy in about 24 hours. Yet the style and size of U.S.’s response comes closer to Denmark’s progressive, state-driven strategy than what has characterized American political economy in the age of neoliberalism. American neoliberalism, sustained by the ideology of “small government” (in the words of…


The political discourse of the last several years has increasingly revolved around the question of whether capitalism is really operating in the interests of all. Many on both the Left and the Right are seeking for ways to move beyond capitalism, or at least to fix it so that it truly serves the common interest. In all of this discourse, inevitably the role of the state becomes a question of central concern. There are currently several models for the state’s involvement in the transition from capitalism circulating in the discourse, and it would be useful to consider a couple of…


As the Thomist philosopher Charles DeKoninck once wrote in an obscure and unpublished lecture On Philosophy of History, history does not progress in a purely linear way, nor in a merely cyclical way, nor even in a merely successive process of disconnected moments and events. …

Jonathan Culbreath

I write about Philosophy, Politics, Economics, Culture, and Religion.

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