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118 Western and American History Lectures: Tom Woods, Liberty Classroom

Dear Stormfields Readers, First, as always, thank you! Second, I’m really pleased to announce that the grand and wondrous Tom Woods will soon be releasing 118 audio lectures I’ve delivered on western and American civilization. These will appear,… Read More

True Conservatism is NOT Nationalism

True conservatism is NOT nationalism. Nor can it ever be, except as a perversion and adulteration. “Our country is not a thing of mere physical locality. It consists, in a great measure, in the antient order into which… Read More

What is Conservatism (CSPAN)

A few weeks ago, I had the wonderful privilege of speaking with Lee Edwards, Rod Dreher, and Bob Merry about the legacy and future of conservatism.  We had a lively (and civilized) discussion.  And, I even got to… Read More

Podcast with John Miller–THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING

My great friend and ally, John J. Miller of NR fame, and I had a blast talking all things, THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING.  30 minutes of us bloviating with enthusiasm, if not wisdom! https://www.nationalreview.com/podcasts/the-great-books/episode-28-the-fellowship-of-the-ring-by-j-r-r-tolkien/

The Mythic and Enchanted Childhood of Christopher Dawson (TIC)

Stories of glass and stone—which told of the holy and sainted—convinced young Christopher Dawson that a saint was a saint not because of his or her individual talents, but as a continuation of the deepest longings and desires… Read More

Christopher Dawson on Ireland in the Middles Age, 1932

A rare article, Christopher Dawson’s examination of Ireland and the Middle Ages–or, really, Ireland and the lack of the Middle Ages. Source: “The Dark Ages and Ireland,” STUDIES (June 1932): 259-268. cd ireland and the dark ages 1932

Dawson, “Religion and the Totalitarian State,” 1934

Source: Christopher Dawson, “Religion and the Totalitarian State,” The Criterion 14 (October 1934), 1-26. cd religion and the totalitarian state 1934

Christopher Dawson, “Claims of Politics,” 1939

One of Christopher Dawson’s many pieces on the dangers of the New Leviathan and the rise of the modern state, something unique in world history, claiming the traditional roles of state as well as church. Source: “The Claims… Read More

Burke’s View of Human Nature (TIC)

The French Revolutionaries, Edmund Burke rightly understood, sought not just the overturning of the old, but, critically, they also desired the destruction of the true, the good, and the beautiful. 1,214 more words via Edmund Burke & the French… Read More

Available for Pre-Order–My Biography of Andrew Jackson

I just found out recently that my quirky (and, I hope, lively and thoughtful) biography of Andrew Jackson comes out on September 10, 2018, just four days after I turn 51.  How great is that? And, yes, Andrew… Read More

Anglo-American Chronology, 1534-1689

Anglo-American Chronology, 1534-1689 For American Heritage –Birzer 1550s 1528/29: William Tyndale first to employ “divine right of kings” 1534: Act of Supremacy undoes over 1,000 years of Anglo-Saxon Common Law 1535: Execution of Sir Thomas More and John… Read More

Founding a REPUBLIC Not a Democracy (TAC)

This evening, at The American Conservative–founding a REPUBLIC not a democracy. Even the most pro-interventionist of the American founders, Alexander Hamilton, could never have imagined or desired the kind of federal government we have now. When he wrote… Read More