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The Ideas That Drive American Political Life. A Publication of the Claremont Institute.

  • The American Mind Podcast: The Roundtable Episode #68
    by Jake Gannon on May 7, 2021 at 12:01 AM

    The American Mind’s ‘Editorial Roundtable’ podcast is a weekly conversation with Ryan Williams, Matt Peterson, James Poulos, Seth Barron, and Spencer Klavan devoted to uncovering the ideas and principles that drive American political life. Stream here or download from your favorite podcast host. Woke and Dagger | The Roundtable Ep. 68 Like so many […]

  • Special Edition: America in Decay: Hope or Despair?
    by Jake Gannon on May 3, 2021 at 4:01 PM

    The American Mind’s ‘Editorial Roundtable’ podcast is a weekly conversation with Ryan Williams, Matt Peterson, James Poulos, Seth Barron, and Spencer Klavan devoted to uncovering the ideas and principles that drive American political life. Stream here or download from your favorite podcast host. Special Edition: America in Decay: Hope or Despair? In […]

  • You Can Hold Your Ground Against Critical Theory
    by Grace Daniel on May 3, 2021 at 2:35 PM

    Most “cancel culture” stories are brutal and alarming. It seems no one is safe from the threat of a mob intent on taking a person down: not acclaimed editors, not professors, not poets nor promising politicians nor regular college kids. It’s my hope this story will provide encouragement that it’s possible to withstand the mob.... Read more about: […]

  • The American Mind Podcast: The Roundtable Episode #67
    by Jake Gannon on April 30, 2021 at 12:01 AM

    The American Mind’s ‘Editorial Roundtable’ podcast is a weekly conversation with Ryan Williams, Matt Peterson, James Poulos, Seth Barron, and Spencer Klavan devoted to uncovering the ideas and principles that drive American political life. Stream here or download from your favorite podcast host. Recall Fever | The Roundtable Ep. 67 It’s official: […]

  • Life After Cancellation
    by Seth Barron on April 26, 2021 at 6:18 PM

    We all have bad moments. Plenty of us also have moments that just look bad when taken out of context. These instances used to break the surface of public attention only briefly, if at all. When they lingered, they did so only as painful personal memories. But over the past decade, all that has changed.... Read more about: Life After Cancellation The post […]

  • Soviet Cancellation
    by Katya Sedgwick on April 26, 2021 at 6:18 PM

    Winston Marshall, banjoist for the British folk rock band Mumford and Sons, probably had no idea what was coming. Marshall read a book about the domestic terrorist group Antifa by the investigative journalist Andy Ngô, then left a positive remark about it on Twitter. Within minutes, furious comments came pouring in from woke accounts: the... Read more […]

  • Political Correctness is (Even) Worse than Cancel Culture
    by Emile Castorp on April 26, 2021 at 6:18 PM

    Sometime in the past year, Republicans stopped decrying Political Correctness and chose to make “Cancel Culture” the target of their invective. This is a misstep. Though ostensibly the same, the two are very different. While we’d like to assume that this mistake is the product of misunderstanding, it appears to be another example of conservative... […]

  • How to Survive Cancellation
    by Thaddeus on April 26, 2021 at 6:17 PM

    “It is pleasant, when the sea is high and the winds are dashing the waves about, to watch from the shores the struggles of another.” —Livy No one, to my knowledge, has yet written a practical guide for surviving through and thriving beyond a “cancellation,” despite how frequent these sorts of things are becoming. I... Read more about: How to […]

  • They Can’t Cancel Your Soul
    by Caylan Ford on April 26, 2021 at 6:17 PM

    After Napoleon III banished him from France, Victor Hugo made his home first in Belgium, then in Jersey, and finally on the island of Guernsey, where he completed some of his most famous and resonant works. Hugo’s was not a complete exile. He wrote prodigiously, continued to receive friends and admirers from the continent, and... Read more about: They […]

  • A Letter to the Cancelled
    by Joseph Massey on April 26, 2021 at 6:17 PM

    On the day my ostracism began, the #MeToo movement was at a fever pitch. The poetry world—a stagnant substratum of the larger literary community—didn’t have its own scandal yet, and the pressure was building. Scurrilous allegations against me were posted on a website, and a link was disseminated on Facebook and Twitter by an ex-lover... Read more […]

  • The American Core
    by Glenn Ellmers on April 23, 2021 at 7:18 PM

    I am gratified and humbled by the intelligence and care that Richard Reinsch and Cole Simmons brought to analyzing my essay, and I appreciate their thoughtful criticisms.Each of them elaborates or develops several reasonable arguments that my essay only touches on briefly. In these areas we are, as the saying goes, “in heated agreement.” But... Read […]

  • The American Mind Podcast: The Roundtable Episode #66
    by Jake Gannon on April 23, 2021 at 12:01 AM

    The American Mind’s ‘Editorial Roundtable’ podcast is a weekly conversation with Ryan Williams, Matt Peterson, James Poulos, Seth Barron, and Spencer Klavan devoted to uncovering the ideas and principles that drive American political life. Stream here or download from your favorite podcast host. Who Needs a Trial? | The Roundtable Ep. 66 Derek […]

  • A Crisis, but not a Disaster
    by Richard Reinsch on April 16, 2021 at 6:10 PM

    Glenn Ellmers’ essay “Too Much of a Unity” aims to navigate us through our present discontents by focusing our thinking on the core ideas and principles of the America Founding. The essay rigorously engages the scholarship of his mentor, Harry Jaffa, rooting Ellmers argument in the Aristotelian and natural rights purposes of American […]

  • Refashioning American Whigism
    by Cole Simmons on April 16, 2021 at 6:09 PM

    Glenn Ellmers’ essay “Too Much of a Unity” asks: What should be done now that Trump has lost and many states cannot be trusted to hold legitimate elections? More than attempting to formulate a positive plan, Ellmers is trying to show that the Claremont position is adaptable to a time when the “dissident right” has... Read more about: […]

  • “Too Much of a Unity”
    by Glenn Ellmers on April 16, 2021 at 6:06 PM

    The city comes in to being for the sake of life, but it continues for the sake of the good life. —Aristotle, Politics [The Declaration of Independence] was the word, “fitly spoken” which has proved an “apple of gold” to us. The Union, and the Constitution, are the picture of silver, subsequently framed around it. The picture was made, not […]

  • The American Mind Podcast: The Roundtable Episode #65
    by Jake Gannon on April 16, 2021 at 12:01 AM

    The American Mind’s ‘Editorial Roundtable’ podcast is a weekly conversation with Ryan Williams, Matt Peterson, James Poulos, Seth Barron, and Spencer Klavan devoted to uncovering the ideas and principles that drive American political life. Stream here or download from your favorite podcast host. Breaking the States | The Roundtable Ep. 65 With control […]