‘The Virtue of Nationalism’ by Yoram Hazony

By: Max Diamond

When people hear the word “nationalism” today, their minds frequently turn to the disasters of 20th-century Europe. Like racism, nationalism is thought of as an irrational condition reasonable people would like to move past. But in his new book, “The Virtue of Nationalism,” Dr. Yoram Hazony, director of the Herzl...

'Man Out: Men on the Sidelines of American Life' by Andrew L. Yarrow

By: Alexander Stern

On the renowned HBO TV series “The Sopranos,” James Gandolfini’s Tony Soprano often reacted to a perceived softening of American culture and particularly of American men by asking “whatever happened to Gary Cooper, the strong, silent type?” Throughout the series, Tony would experience moments of sensitivity and...

'Conservatism: An Invitation to the Great Tradition' by Roger Scruton

By: Max Diamond

When Donald Trump can win the Republican ticket campaigning against the free market, and questions emerge about liberal Democrats’ commitment to free speech, it is clear that we are living amidst political contradictions. In these times, with traditional political divisions thrown into question, many are trying to gain a firmer...

'Can Democracy Survive Global Capitalism?' by Robert Kuttner

By: Alexander Stern

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s recent primary victory has sparked much commentary about a revived battle between the Democratic party’s center-left establishment and its populist left: Round 2 of Bernie versus Hillary. But the media’s interest in straightforward conflict and its aversion to nuance can obscure the fact...

'The Happiness Curve: Why Life Gets Better After 50' by Jonathan Rauch

By: Carl M. Cannon

As he began experiencing his 40s, cerebral Washington journalist Jonathan Rauch wasn’t happy. He wasn’t unhappy, exactly, and he certainly wasn’t clinically depressed. It’s just that he thought he should be more content. His love life was a source of deep satisfaction. He was at the top of his game professionally and,...

'Anti-Pluralism' by William A. Galston

By: M. Anthony Mills

“Populism” may be the watchword of the decade. America’s political upheaval, which peaked in Donald Trump’s victory in 2016, was only one fault line in a larger populist earthquake rattling the entire West, or so William A. Galston argues in “

'The Great Revolt' by Salena Zito & Brad Todd

By: Carl M. Cannon

In late September 2016, six weeks before Donald Trump shocked the world by winning the presidency, Pittsburgh-based journalist Salena Zito deciphered the riddle that stumped media elites and the power-brokers in both major political parties. The puzzle, as the establishment saw it, was basic: Why didn’t Republican voters see through the...