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  • American Mind Podcast: The Roundtable Episode #12
    by Annalyssa Lee on April 10, 2020 at 2:37 AM

    The American Mind’s ‘Editorial Roundtable’ podcast is a weekly conversation with Matt Peterson, James Poulos, David Bahr, and Spencer Klavan devoted to uncovering the ideas and principles that drive American political life. Stream here or download from your favorite podcast host. Is That You, Tomorrow? | The Roundtable Ep. 12  The numbers have it: […]

  • Celebrating National Winston Churchill Day
    by Annalyssa Lee on April 9, 2020 at 6:56 PM

    On April 9, 1963, President Kennedy bestowed honorary citizenship on Winston Churchill. Today we continue a tradition of remembering our great friend and ally from across the pond by excerpting a portion of  his “Fifty Years Hence” essay (1931), a piece not only for the present moment, but for all time — Eds. It is...Read more about: Celebrating […]

  • Identity vs. Identity Politics
    by Emina Melonic on April 8, 2020 at 5:38 PM

    The proponents of identity politics place individual people into groups. On the surface, there is nothing necessarily wrong with that. We all identify with some group or another, however significant or superficial it may be. I can say that I am an American citizen, who happens to be also a Bosnian woman, a war survivor,...Read more about: Identity vs. […]

  • The Green Zone Plan
    by James Poulos on April 8, 2020 at 12:03 AM

    Already in our digital age, before the time of coronavirus, the mystique of the “hot take” was diminished. Coronatakes abound, many good, but all shadowed by the growing sense that if you’re arguing or explaining you’ve already lost—lost time, lost attention, lost the chance to win or simply to act. Still, staying in communication remains... […]

  • Burst the Complacency Bubble—Before It’s Too Late
    by Mark Lutter on April 8, 2020 at 12:03 AM

    One of the challenges covid has exposed in America is complacency. Samo Burja writes, “the American system of the 2020s through the city, county, state, and up to the federal level has been staffed with people who know how to speak and make themselves appear blameless, but not how to act.” I think he is...Read more about: Burst the Complacency […]

  • Jeremy Carl joins the Power Line Show 04.04.20
    by Brigit Grimm on April 7, 2020 at 10:30 PM

    Jeremy Carl is a Senior Fellow at the Claremont Institute, where he writes on topics ranging from energy and technology policy (the primary subjects of his academic research) to global politics, where his writing focuses on immigration, multiculturalism, and nationalism. The post Jeremy Carl joins the Power Line Show 04.04.20 appeared first on The American […]

  • Big Chungus Energy Will Win in 2020
    by James Poulos on April 7, 2020 at 8:45 PM

    For the uninitiated, Big Chungus is a popular meme character you may have seen around the Internet. He is a large, fat version of Bugs Bunny. But he signifies much more. First he represented the power aesthetic of the adorably chunky creature, man or beast. Then, as often happens online, the stakes were raised to...Read more about: Big Chungus Energy […]

  • The Deep State vs. The Deep Right
    by Curtis Yarvin on April 5, 2020 at 7:01 PM

    Under any stable regime in any time or place, from 19th-century Petersburg to 21st-century D.C., it will be found that the general population has no effective procedure, legal or illegal, by which to either control or replace the central organs of the state. This is normal and not weird. Autocracy is a human universal. Apparent...Read more about: The […]

  • I Know Why the Caged Man Tweets
    by James Poulos on April 5, 2020 at 7:00 PM

    What is the predicament of the online man today? A clue to the answer begins with “aesthetics.” Characteristically aesthetics, even now, is treated as having to do with beauty. Aesthetics is taken to be the high practice of cultivating the beautiful so it is beheld. Actually aesthetics comes from the Greek word meaning simply to...Read more about: I […]

  • Resurrection Aesthetic
    by Micah Meadowcroft and Joseph M. Keegin on April 5, 2020 at 7:00 PM

    Every beautiful thing is a gift for always. God, give us beauty again. We lost her somewhere in the muck and acid crater pools out past the Somme. But spring flowers bloom again in the fields of France, and this is an exhortation. Write new poetry for a new age. Look in the past and...Read more about: Resurrection AestheticThe post Resurrection […]

  • Who Owns Vitalism?
    by Rachel Haywire on April 5, 2020 at 7:00 PM

    Vitalism (noun): the theory that the origin and phenomena of life are dependent on a force or principle distinct from purely chemical or physical forces. What is this vitalism that everyone keeps talking about? Who is Bronze Age Pervert? I am the author of The New Art Right (2018). I was also an early adopter of...Read more about: Who Owns Vitalism? […]

  • The New Tlön
    by Zero HP Lovecraft on April 5, 2020 at 6:58 PM

    In this essay I will presume to speak for the dissident Right. I have as much claim to this power as I have to speak for the infinite stars. And yet stars, like dissidents, have much to say, if one only learns to listen. “Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius” is a story by Jorge Luis Borges...Read more about: The New TlönThe post The New Tlön appeared […]

  • A Cure for the Money Virus
    by Roy Sebag on April 3, 2020 at 11:22 AM

    Two trillion dollars is the estimated cost of the fiscal stimulus bill that was passed this week by the US senate. Over the past two weeks, governments and central banks worldwide have taken the decision to combat the effects of the coronavirus by cumulatively conjuring over $10 trillion of fiscal stimulus programs, extraordinary quantitative easing... […]

  • American Mind Podcast: The Roundtable Episode #11
    by Annalyssa Lee on April 3, 2020 at 1:14 AM

    The Show Might Go On | The Roundtable Ep. 11 Trump is on a TV tear, intellectuals are trolling America, and pop culture memories aren’t what they used to be. The gang hashes out what’s worth tuning in for… and what’s best dropping out of. Giving Up on America | Segment 1 The Atlantic runs...Read more about: American Mind Podcast: The Roundtable […]

  • The Return of Fortuna
    by Ben Woodfinden on April 2, 2020 at 11:08 PM

    It’s hard to overstate the importance of the historical moment we find ourselves in. Pundits, scholars, and public figures—being prone to hyperbole—often overstate the gravity and moment of events. But this time it is almost certainly different. When this is over, the world will have changed. The coronavirus pandemic has become, and will likely […]

  • Seriously Unserious
    by Keith Carlson on April 2, 2020 at 11:08 PM

    The aim of every political constitution is, or ought to be, first to obtain for rulers men who possess most wisdom to discern, and most virtue to pursue, the common good of the society; and in the next place, to take the most effectual precautions for keeping them virtuous whilst they continue to hold their...Read more about: Seriously UnseriousThe […]