About Titus Techera

Titus Techera is executive director of the American Cinema Foundation. He's also a graduate student in political science, a former Publius Fellow of the Claremont Institute, and a contributor to The Federalist, National Review Online, and Ricochet.com.

‘Black Panther’ and the American Dream

Marvel’s “Black Panther” is now the most successful movie to star black people and, not coincidentally, it’s an American movie full of Americans. The press, however, neglects everything worth noticing about the story, so I’d like to draw your attention to two things that go very well together: Alexis de Tocqueville’s teaching about

By | 2018-02-25T16:29:33-07:00 February 25th, 2018|

‘Black Mirror’ and Liberal Nightmares

A new season of “Black Mirror” just dropped on Netflix, and it's worth your time. Liberalism is ahead of conservatives when it comes to technological nightmares, perhaps because it invests more in redefining America (and the world) in light of scientific advancement. All the things we fear about technological powers taking control of

By | 2018-01-06T14:10:50-07:00 January 6th, 2018|

How to Live in the Ruins of the Collapse of the American University

Our friends over at American Affairs have published the most un-American explanation of what the university is and does. The piece comes from the pen of Justin Stover, a fellow at the most old-world college there is, All Souls, Oxford. This is a place without students, where the happy few enjoy, at someone else’s

By | 2017-12-16T21:40:36-07:00 December 16th, 2017|

The Tension Between Family and Natural Rights in “Coco”

“Coco” is the kind of family film that ought to cause even Hollywood skeptics to fall in love with the movies again. It advertises that it's a family movie from the trailer all the way to the conclusion—after a climax that will make more than a few people cry. The animated feature is already

By | 2017-12-01T12:04:39-07:00 December 1st, 2017|

‘Justice League’ and the Death of Tragedy

Hollywood makes America look small. With “Justice League,” the fantasies we see on screen just got smaller. I'm old enough to remember when America could boast two kinds of superhero movies, the Marvel variety, with all the sarcastic patter, and the DC variety, with all the brooding silences. It made sense to have

By | 2017-11-22T09:37:05-07:00 November 21st, 2017|

Emasculating the God of War

Sentimentality aside, what does it mean to be a hero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Let's start by looking at how men are portrayed. The only overtly “manly man” among the Avengers and their minions is the Norse/Viking god, Thor. In an America ripe with fear of war, the collapse of war efforts

By | 2017-11-05T15:10:36-07:00 November 5th, 2017|

It’s Not a Gun Issue, It’s a Community Issue

In America, gun rights are enshrined in the Constitution. The Supreme Court has been clear and insistent on it since District of Columbia v. Heller (2008), and recent political changes guarantee that liberals are not going to take control of the court any time soon. Further, Americans own vast numbers of guns, and

By | 2017-10-05T17:05:09-07:00 October 5th, 2017|

Ben in Berkeley Scolds the Poor

Democracy is still new to conservatives in certain ways. Even so, it’s strange for a democratic people to see full-throated moralism denouncing the poor from an oligarchic position. For a certain brand of conservative—and in spite of all trends pointing elsewhere—it remains what’s hot today. Ben Shapiro just stood up for that kind

By | 2017-09-20T10:31:52-07:00 September 17th, 2017|

Debasing the Memory of 9/11

This time one year ago, I was touring America to see the country in the grip of the agonistic election campaign and to prepare, like other foreigners before me, to write a book. I had only one afternoon in New York. I also had a remarkable guide, a friend who had spent his

By | 2017-09-14T12:21:29-07:00 September 11th, 2017|