Publius Decius Mus

About Publius Decius Mus

Publius Decius Mus, or “Decius,” is the pen name of Michael Anton. He was a senior contributing editor of American Greatness from July 2016 until January 2017. He currently serves as deputy assistant to the president for strategic communications on the National Security Council.

It’s Clear That Conservatism, Inc. Wants Trump To Lose

Jonathan V. Last—one of the only conservatives still worth reading—took after me on Twitter the other day. Since I can’t stand Twitter, I’m replying here. Last’s point, which is not new, is that Trump is doing terribly, so I must be terribly depressed right about now. Well, I’m not feeling tip-top, J. V.! You? I

On Not Getting It

Unpopular writers have two choices: quit, and be accused by one’s enemies and critics of having no answer, of having acknowledged “defeat”; or keep writing and be accused of obsession, logorrhea, and repetition. Since we know we’re damned either way, we stubborn men choose the latter. I’m going to single out two persistent responders—Damon Linker

By | 2016-10-13T09:27:14+00:00 October 10th, 2016|Tags: , |

Who Will Rule: The New Oligarchy — or the American People?

Carl Eric Scott urges those of us on the pro-Trump right to “grapple with real anti-Trump arguments,” and he points specifically to this, by Peter Spiliakos. Not one to duck a challenge, herewith my grapple. Spiliakos, a columnist at National Review and First Things, begins with the common charge that Trump’s comments on libel law indicate a wish to abuse power.

By | 2016-10-08T08:53:55+00:00 October 6th, 2016|

The Case Against “the Conservative Case. . .”

Welcome to the conservative hive mind. Careful not to get stung. Whenever you find an article that begins with the title, “The Conservative Case" for or against something, lock your door, check your wallet, and grab your gun. You know what’s coming is an unadulterated sell-out of everything “conservatism” purports to hold dear. The

By | 2016-10-06T10:25:17+00:00 October 3rd, 2016|Tags: , , , , , , |

What Trump Might Do That Hillary Will Not

"In politics as in emergency medicine, triage is king." Do you ever get the impression that the contemporary conservative movement is just a giant false flag operation? A living example of Conquest’s Third Law? There may be other explanations for its fecklessness, stupidity, and willful blindness, but this is the simplest. Attempts to

Prudence: For Trump

Reposted with permission from the Claremont Review of Books. William Voegeli has written thoughtfully about the reasons underlying Trump’s appeal, defended Trump’s supporters, and attacked some of his more breathless enemies. Still, Voegeli charges me—for making many of the same points—with exhorting people to “reckless, desperate actions.” When what I have actually exhorted them to do

By | 2016-09-28T22:54:32+00:00 September 26th, 2016|Tags: , , , |

Decius Responds to Critics of “The Flight 93 Election”

Reposted with permission from The Claremont Review of Books.   Well, that was unexpected. Everything I said in “The Flight 93 Election” was derivative of things I had already said, with (I thought) more vim and vigor, in a now-defunct blog. I assumed the new piece would interest a handful of that blog’s remaining fans

By | 2016-09-15T14:53:47+00:00 September 12th, 2016|