Socialism as a Secular Creed

A Modern Global History: Andrei Znamenski (Lexington Books, $176 hc, $61 pb, 451 pages) Andrei Znamenski writes in the introduction to Socialism as a Secular Creed, “When I embarked on this project of galloping through the 150 years of socialism’s history I never suspected that it would be such an exciting and intellectually challenging venture.” In more than 400 pages, he provides [...]

2022-08-09T08:47:21-04:00August 9, 2022|Religion, Reviews|

Don’t worry, be unhappy

Rick McGinnis: Interim writer, Rick McGinnis, Amusements Nearly 15 years ago, Emory professor Mark Bauerlein wrote The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future, a warning that the cohort just making their way out of the educational system were going to wrack havoc on civic and cultural life. It joined a library of books [...]

2022-08-04T10:30:40-04:00August 4, 2022|Reviews, Rick McGinnis, Society & Culture|

Let it Out

Josie Luetke: Interim writer, Josie Luetke, Talk Turkey A few months ago, CLC Youth’s virtual pro-life club watched a bunch of clips from television and film intending to normalize abortion. Despite this agenda, the somber nature of abortion couldn’t quite be obscured, almost as if the scriptwriters, directors, and actors knew they couldn’t depart too far from reality if they [...]

2022-08-04T10:29:18-04:00August 4, 2022|Abortion, Josie Luetke, Reviews|

The Greater Reset

The Greater Reset: Reclaiming Personal Sovereignty Under Natural Law Michael D. Greany and Dawn K. Brohawn (Tan, $30, 383 pages): For 40 years the World Economic Forum’s Klaus Schwab has pushed a globalist agenda of stakeholder capitalism which would make companies answerable not to their shareholders but a global elite that share a centralizing worldview of welfare statism and monopoly capitalism. The [...]

2022-08-01T11:15:52-04:00August 1, 2022|Religion, Reviews, Society & Culture|

Career & Family

Women’s Century-Long Journey Toward Equity Claudia Goldin (Princeton, $38, 325 pages):   Harvard economics professor Claudia Goldin’s Career & Family: Women’s Century-Long Journey Toward Equity examines the career and family decisions women make as they try to narrow both the wage gap in the workplace and experience equitable sharing of responsibilities in the home. The most important insight Goldin makes is that [...]

2022-07-15T10:56:25-04:00July 15, 2022|Marriage and Family, Reviews, Society & Culture|

Handing Down the Faith

Handing Down the Faith: How Parents Pass Their Religion on to the Next Generation Christian Smith and Amy Adamczyk (Oxford, $33, 148 pages) Sociologists Christian Smith and Amy Adamczyk distill American research based on 215 in-depth personal interviews and two surveys of a nationally representative sample of parents to determine what it takes for religious parents to inculcate their children in their [...]

2022-07-14T11:04:11-04:00July 14, 2022|Religion, Reviews|

Chesterton on the Family

The Story of the Family: G.K. Chesterton on the Only State that Creates and Loves Its Own Citizens edited by Dale Ahlquist (Ignatius, $17.95, 237 pages) Paul Tuns Review Despite writing a century ago about the maladies afflicting the family and thus the whole of society, G.K. Chesterton still seems relevant, an insightful critic of the intellectual, economic, and cultural challenges that [...]

2022-07-16T12:27:55-04:00July 13, 2022|Marriage and Family, Reviews|

The progressive war on fun

The Rise of the New Puritans: Fighting Back Against Progressives’ War on Fun: by Noah Rothman (Broadside Books, $36, 300 pages) Paul Tuns Review Noah Rothman, an associate editor at the Jewish monthly magazine Commentary and author of Unjust: Social Justice and the Unmaking of America, has turned his eye to the modern left’s puritanical moralizing and asceticism in a fun jaunt [...]

2022-07-16T12:30:14-04:00July 12, 2022|Reviews|

Oceans of Grain: How American Wheat Remade the World

Oceans of Grain:  Scott Reynolds Nelson (Basic, $40, 356 pages) World food prices are currently affected by the war in Ukraine, which is sometimes called the breadbasket of the world. The importance of the wheat trade should not be underestimated and a useful tonic to such faulty thinking is Scott Reynolds Nelson’s Oceans of Grain. Nelson argues that wheat – never mind [...]

2022-06-02T14:52:30-04:00June 2, 2022|Reviews|

Movements need both sound principles and organization

M. Stanton Evans: Conservative Wit, Apostle of Freedom: by Steven F. Hayward (Encounter, $45, 391 pages) Paul Tuns Review Steven Hayward’s new biography of M. Stanton Evans is overdue; he was a giant in the U.S. conservative movement but he remains criminally under-appreciated. Evans graduated from Yale shortly after William Buckley did and quickly began serving the movement from both inside and [...]

2022-05-30T13:58:04-04:00May 30, 2022|Politics, Reviews|

Deep Places

The Deep Places: A Memoir of Illness and Discovery: Ross Douthat (Convergent, $35, 200 pages) Ross Douthat, the house conservative of the New York Times, is author of six books, the latest being The Deep Places: A Memoir of Illness and Discovery, his harrowing tale of contracting a chronic form of Lyme disease, a bacterial infection acquired from deer-tick bites. Douthat’s doctors [...]

2022-05-30T14:44:19-04:00May 30, 2022|Reviews|

Free Speech: A History from Socrates to Social Media

Review: Jacob Mchangama (Basic Books, $40, 514 pages) Jacob Mchangama’s massive but readable and spirited defense of Free Speech is a must-read for anyone interested in this important and increasingly contentious topic. Mcchangama notes that free speech’s origins go back further than the U.S. First Amendment or the Enlightenment. Rather, they have roots in antiquity. Pericles, he notes, extolled the virtues of [...]

2022-05-06T13:23:21-04:00May 6, 2022|Reviews|

De-normalizing normal

From the editor’s desk: You probably saw that during Ketanji Brown Jackson’s confirmation hearings, she refused to answer what a woman is. Joe Biden appointed Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court because she was a black woman, the sole qualification Biden outlined for his first Supreme Court appointment when he was running for president. Asked if she agreed with the late Justice [...]

2022-05-06T13:14:27-04:00May 6, 2022|Paul Tuns, Reviews, Society & Culture|

Authority and Freedom: A Defense of the Arts

Jed Perl (Knopf, $27, 161 pages): Long-time critic Jed Perl (The New York Review of Books, The New Republic) has slim new volume, Authority and Freedom: A Defense of the Arts that is being described in many reviews as a salvo against relevancy. Perl, say these reviewers, defends art-for -art’s sake. Up to a point that this is true. Roger Scruton says [...]

2022-05-05T14:00:02-04:00May 5, 2022|Reviews, Society & Culture|

Roger Scruton: defender of culture, conservatism

Paul Tuns Review: Roger Scruton, an English philosopher who died in 2020, wrote more than 50 books on topics such as art, politics, and philosophy. He started a serious intellectual journal (The Salisbury Review), and established underground academic networks in Eastern Europe during the Cold War. He was knighted in 2016, received three awards of distinction in the Czech Republic, Hungary, and [...]

2022-05-05T13:50:50-04:00May 5, 2022|Reviews|
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