Media & Culture

On Trump, Democrats, and Socialism

I published a piece recently on the reaction to President Trump’s condemnation of socialism in his State of the Union. He said something indisputably factual and indubitably obvious to most Americans: “Here, in the United States, we are alarmed by … Continue reading

Teaching God at Thanksgiving

Every year at Thanksgiving I trek into Barnes & Noble for an annual ritual of self-mortification. I go to the children’s section and glimpse the offerings for Thanksgiving. It never ceases to be a painful experience. A friend of mine … Continue reading

Mud-pie Joy and the College Decision

Joy, real meaningful joy, should be the most important consideration when choosing a college. What about getting a good job? Don’t worry, rewarding employment will follow the pursuit of divine joy. I’ve been working at my alma mater for 24 … Continue reading

The New Gulags

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at First Things. As a new teacher at Grove City College, I thought it appropriate to start my upper-level humanities course by informing the students of my broad educational philosophy: I am over fifty. I no … Continue reading

America’s Religion of Hedonism

While visiting a breathtaking butterfly exhibit in the south, we saw two large rare butterflies, apparently mating. The interpreter, however, indicated that at this stage of their late adult lives, they were no longer fertile. One observer in our group … Continue reading