Articles by Daniel J. Mahoney

What Does Our Nation Mean to Us? Rejecting the Culture of Hate

s we approach this Fourth of July, the United States is consumed by reckless violence, nihilistic silencing, and a systematic assault on the nation’s cultural and political patrimony. The voices of sanity are few, and civic courage is in short supply. The exemplars of such courage in the Anglo-American tradition—Washington, Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, Teddy […]

A World Without Heroes or Saints

The distinguished French Catholic political thinker Pierre Manent perfectly describes the humanitarian temptation that afflicts the Western world today. “The great danger of contemporary humanitarianism,” Manent wrote in 2000, “is of habituating peoples to despise political reflection, even politics itself and its concrete conditions of existence, as if the affirmation of humanity was sufficient in itself.” […]

Thinking Clearly About Russia

It is fair to say that the American Left as whole was “soft” on the Soviet Union during the last 25 years of the Cold War. It’s old-time pro-Communism largely was a thing of the past or had been transferred to more exotic instantiations of the Communist idea from Havana in the Caribbean to Beijing […]