Tom Doniphon

About Tom Doniphon

Tom Doniphon is not, as you may imagine, an iconic character from John Ford's greatest western. He is, rather, a writer in the Midwest. The moniker, suffice to say, is a pseudonym.

Socialism Isn’t on the Rise—Liberalism Is

Since the rise of Bernie Sanders and, more recently, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, I've noticed many on the Right wondering if college kids are soon going to start pining for gulags and five-year plans. After all, a recent Gallup poll shows Americans ages 18-29 prefer socialism to capitalism (51 percent to 45 percent). David Azerrad of the

By | 2018-08-18T13:46:55-07:00 August 18th, 2018|

Andrew Cuomo: America ‘Was Never That Great’

I'll give it to liberals, at least they are honest about where they stand: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo may have just handed Republicans a ready-made campaign ad for his rumored 2020 presidential bid—by declaring Wednesday that America “was never that great.” The Democratic star made the seemingly offhand remark as part of his rebuke of

By | 2018-08-15T21:18:27-07:00 August 15th, 2018|

They Just Don’t Get It

While Ben Shapiro is now suggesting he MIGHT vote for Trump in 2020 depending on the circumstances (I wish I was that smart and thoughtful), other Never Trumpers remain firmly with their heads miles deep in sand. Check out this graphic by Erick Erickson's The Resurgent team, which is supposed to be a joke of

By | 2018-08-14T17:30:50-07:00 August 14th, 2018|

Larry Arnn, Magnanimous Man

I've been meaning to say something about the brouhaha over Hillsdale College, its President Larry Arnn, and critiques (really, potshots) from Conor Freidersdorf of The Atlantic and a handful of current and former students of the college. A couple of weeks ago, Freidersdorf launched thes opening salvo, which was a thinly-disguised attack on Hillsdale in the form

By | 2018-08-08T15:37:41-07:00 August 8th, 2018|

Can There Be an Americanism? Part IV

As I wrap up my series on looking at the anti-liberal movements on the Right, you might be asking yourself why does this matter? Who cares what some academics have to say about liberalism and conservatism? It matters because ideas and teachers matter. Though the phrase can be overused (and misunderstood), ideas have consequences. If

By | 2018-08-06T15:20:03-07:00 August 6th, 2018|

Can There Be an Americanism? Part III

In my last post, I touched on some of the problems with Yoram Hazony's traditionalist conservatism as it applies to the American founders. Now, I will briefly point out a couple problems with how he and his supporters view John Locke. If you're asking yourself, "Who cares about some dead, white male who wrote 400

By | 2018-08-05T16:36:09-07:00 August 5th, 2018|

Can There Be an Americanism? Part II

In my last post, I asked if the two popular anti-liberal movements on the Right, represented by Patrick Deneen and Yoram Hazony respectively, can truly serve as the basis for an authentic Americanism. I don't think they can. Many others have successfully rebutted the Deneen view—liberalism seen as a 400 year plus project of dissolving the

By | 2018-08-05T16:37:13-07:00 August 4th, 2018|

Can There Be an Americanism? Part I

Can there be an Americanism? It's a question I've been thinking more about this past week because according to two popular (and growing) groups on the Right, the answers seem to be "No" or "Sort of." The former camp is headed by Patrick Deneen, Rod Dreher, and others who argue that modern liberalism failed precisely

By | 2018-08-03T16:41:19-07:00 August 3rd, 2018|

Erler on Diversity, Citizenship, and Immigration

In the new Imprimis, Hillsdale College's monthly speech digest, Ed Erler has a wonderful piece that touches on the most important topics in our politics today: diversity, political correctness, immigration, and the consent of the governed. It really is a tour de force. Here's Erler on why constitutional government is impossible without the nation-state: Historically, constitutional

By | 2018-07-31T16:09:47-07:00 July 31st, 2018|

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