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Nathan Turner

PhD (2003) from Brown University.  Spent 9 years as a non-fiction editor for three different presses in New York City. Currently adjunct professor of history and literature at College of DuPage.

More than Damore, Less than Charlottesville

What's the first thing any chess strategist will tell you?  You must hold the center.  There are precious few winning strategies that do not control the center. A similar principle holds true in politics.  To achieve the goal of a just and well-ordered society, you must have the support of central figures, populations, and institutions.  This is equally true in the most limited system of government (a Monarchy*) and the most totalizing.  Your ideas must be "the middle."  This is of course a fung

Just War, Civil War, and Political Violence

If you opened this article, you might have opened it to read about Pope Gelasius’ two swords theory or perhaps the three categories (authority, cause, and intention) of Thomas Aquinas’ bellum iustum. You might have been interested in the wartime ethics of the American Confederacy during the Civil War, and the question of whether abolition can be considered an intention for the North. Maybe you’ve been noticing a major rise in political violence on the Left but don’t quite know where you stand on

If Charlie Gard Lived in America

Dissociated Press-- Social media and conservative talk outlets have exploded with encouragement and support after last night's daring raid on Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in downtown Arkansas. While details are still fuzzy as to who is responsible for this highly illegal kidnapping of the infant Charlie Gard, public reaction points to a clear culprit: the ten-month-old's parents, Chris Gard and Connie Yates. Gard and Yates, whose son was born with mitochondrial DNA depletion syndro

The Other Globalists

Every time I play a game of chess with two fianchettoed bishops on the same diagonal, I imagine what the pied pair of churchmen must be thinking. Father White is a fellow man of the cloth!  My player be damned—I’ll not attack him and dishonor my vows.   It’s hard to imagine two hierarchs crossing crosiers.   The black-and-white concept of countries as discrete pieces struggling for position on a global chessboard has been the operating foreign policy paradigm since the rise of nation-statism as