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  • The Law vs. The Borg
    by Rachel Bovard on October 12, 2021 at 6:56 PM

    The American Right is facing an unprecedented set of challenges from an unprecedented position of weakness. Conservatives have lost influence in the executive agencies of government, in the institutions of culture, in public schools, and in universities. Sectors once supposedly values-neutral, like professional sports, have taken a decidedly progressive […]

  • How the Regime Wrecked the Vaccine Rollout
    by Tim O'Brien on October 11, 2021 at 6:00 PM

    In 2020, a consensus of public health experts said that “herd immunity”—the general resistance of a population to viral contagion—would be achieved when between 60 percent and 70 percent of the population have been infected. Since there was no vaccine then, the general understanding was that natural immunity through disease survival would […]

  • Glenn Ellmers on “Harry Jaffa and Our Present Crisis”
    by Seth Barron on October 11, 2021 at 5:22 PM

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  • Hate Columbus, Hate America
    by Spencer Klavan on October 11, 2021 at 5:20 PM

    I refuse to defend the personal virtue of Christopher Columbus. I reject outright the premise of the discussion, which is that if Columbus had behaved better, there would not be people tearing down his statues. There is no level of moral rectitude that would convince those people to stop, and so there is no historical... Read more about: Hate Columbus, […]

  • Claremont Institute Statement on Senior Fellow John Eastman
    by Thomas D. Klingenstein and Ryan P. Williams on October 11, 2021 at 12:54 PM

    The Claremont Institute does not normally comment on the work of its scholars. But a recent combined disinformation, de-platforming, and ostracism campaign requires us to make an exception. Claremont Institute Senior Fellow John Eastman, acting as counsel to the President of the United States at a critical stage during the 2020 elections in December 2020... […]

  • Breaking Free
    by Alexander Zubatov on October 8, 2021 at 9:04 PM

    Immigrants who, like me, came here from totalitarian nations are warning us: we must open our eyes and realize we no longer live in a free country. We slid down this slope so swiftly because what happened to us is unprecedented. Although the Biden administration is adding the state’s fat thumb to the Woke side... Read more about: Breaking Free The post […]

  • The American Mind Podcast: The Roundtable Episode #89
    by Jake Gannon on October 8, 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. Fedbook | The Roundtable Ep. 89 Our predatory federal […]

  • Our Humanity Hinges on a Cyber Second Amendment
    by James Poulos on October 7, 2021 at 8:56 PM

    Sign up at to access NFTs and sales of James’s forthcoming book Human, Forever, published on Bitcoin with — There are two main types of tech criticism. Despite some superficial similarities, they are polar opposites. Here is how to distinguish them.  The first critique recognizes that any blame applied to digital technology […]

  • Tell Me What You Really Think #212
    by Jake Gannon on October 7, 2021 at 3:41 AM

    The American Mind’s Tell Me What You Really Think is a weekly interview series featuring the host, Spencer Klavan, and The American Mind’s publisher and editors aimed at dissecting the issues facing us in America today and finding out what the cast really thinks. Action vs. Complacency ft. Matt Peterson In this week’s edition of TMWYRT, Spencer... […]

  • Liars and Leaders
    by Noah Peterson on October 6, 2021 at 7:50 PM

    Lying in defense of narrative is no vice. Just ask our political leaders. Democrats and the media told us a few weeks ago that border patrol agents on horseback were whipping Haitian migrants. Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley tweeted, “Use of whips on refugees? Disturbing and unacceptable. This must end immediately.” Democratic Representative Maxine […]

  • Reclaiming Representation
    by Adam Ellwanger on October 6, 2021 at 4:56 PM

    In an excerpt from his speech, “Winning the Cold Civil War,” Claremont Board Chairman Thomas D. Klingenstein expertly describes the institutional collusion that imposes a radical Left paradigm on American society at large. Further, he clarifies how matters of identity—race, class, gender, and sexual orientation—are used as wedge issues to create […]

  • The War Against Woke Communism
    by Thomas D. Klingenstein on October 6, 2021 at 4:50 PM

    In a traditional totalitarian regime, the government uses arbitrary violence to control every aspect of public and private life, all the way down to little league. In America, the government does not control everything. But today, through the power of the purse and the courts, the government influences a lot. And where the government leaves off,... Read […]

  • No New Souters
    by Deion A. Kathawa on October 5, 2021 at 9:43 PM

    David H. Souter was nominated (and confirmed) in 1990 to replace liberal lion Justice William Brennan, a stalwart defender of the “living Constitution.” Before that, Souter spent seven years as a justice of New Hampshire’s highest court, during which time his views on contentious constitutional questions were not at all illuminated. Thereafter, he was […]

  • DEI vs. USD
    by Linda Sweeney and Scott Yenor on October 4, 2021 at 10:27 PM

    Many conservative parents looking for moderately traditional college options for their children seek schools that are under the protective cover of a church. The University of San Diego (USD), a Catholic school with a law school not unfriendly to conservatives, may once have been such a safe haven, but no longer. Under President James Harris,... Read more […]

  • Ryan Williams on the Seth Leibsohn Show 10.1.21
    by Seth Barron on October 4, 2021 at 9:03 PM

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  • Our New Gods
    by Seth Barron on October 4, 2021 at 8:00 PM

    A troika of massive golden statues was unveiled in New York City’s Union Square last week. Busts of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor stare impassively at each other, flanking the scowling image of John Lewis. This installation—which is temporary—is called “SEEINJUSTICE,” and was created by Chris Carnabuci. The statues consist of layers of plywood […]