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Richard Greenhorn

Catholic Midwesterner

Brave New World: The Challenges of Overturning Roe v. Wade

With Anthony Kennedy’s retirement, and the feeble and decrepit Ruth Bader Ginsburg presumably not much longer for this world, the Catholic Right is now in a time of great temptation. The first vacancy will most likely be filled by the solid originalist Brett Kavanaugh, and a following appointment could allow the forces of reaction to do some real damage. Rare are the times that the Right even has the opportunity to be tempted, so feckless have they been in standing up to Leftist perversion, yet

Day of the Lonelyhearts: A Defense of the Incels

The greatest novel ever written about Hollywood is also the greatest novel ever written about incels: Nathanael West’s Day of the Locust. Published in 1937, it is a brilliant portrayal of a land that has forever been a refuge of perverts and pedophiles, of starlets and their pathetic hangers-on. The plot largely concerns the attempts of two men to engage with a wannabe starlet named Faye. In one of the book’s most pungent moments, Tod, a low-level hack who is madly in love with Faye, looks upon

Empire of Hatred: An Attempt at Defining Liberalism

The first step towards solving any problem is in defining our terms. Oftentimes this first step is also the last, for once we have defined a problem, its solution follows by logical necessity. And accordingly, many of our most contentious disputes arise when we have not been discussing the same thing at all. The task of defining terms is especially important on the political right. For the forces of conservatism and reaction to be effective, they must not only resurrect arguments thought lost lo

The Failure of "Why Liberalism Failed"

The very title of Patrick Deneen’s new book, Why Liberalism Failed requires correction. For liberalism did not fail, it is not failing, and, barring some great inconceivable upheaval, will not fail anytime in the near future. While it’s comforting that scholars are turning their sights to the major problems of liberalism—Deneen’s book sparked informative responses from Adrian Vermeule and David D. Corey over at American Affairs—the book ultimately fails as an indictment of the liberal regime,

Dead Letters of a Contrarian: On the Career of Christopher Hitchens

The cultus behind the life and work of Christopher Hitchens (1949-2011) can only be understood in the context of our fame-obsessed and fundamentally illiterate age. His invocation this past week, in the context of whether Hitch would still be considered hirable by his former employer, the Atlantic Monthly, is a testament to the man’s hold on the intellectual class, even if his work fails to sustain its hold on the intellect. I used to be one of Hitch’s biggest fans. I remember when his last com

The Spirit of a Spiritless Situation: On the Right's Failure to Organize

If you’re going to surround yourself by Marxists, I recommend doing so around the time of an economic collapse. I happened to be in such a situation during the financial crisis of 2008, and the experience was about as exhilarating as an experience can be, when you’re hanging around people who read the Grundrisse for fun. Indeed, there was a brief period of time when it looked like Congress would allow the entire financial system of the United States to collapse because individual Congressmen wer

Devil's Bargain: The March For Life And The Novus Ordo Church

It’s funny, to someone who knows the history, how close the Minnesota state capitol sits to the cathedral of Saint Paul. Our first archbishop, John Ireland, was one of the great proponents of the Americanist heresy, that belief that our nation’s Catholics must adjust their creeds to the way of democratic government, so perhaps it’s fitting that Minnesota’s great temple to Christ stands so near our temple to Demos—they seem almost to share space, separated as they are by a lot of scraggly grass c