Conservatism readings ||| National Conservatism website | Adrian Vermeule in First Things | Yoram Hazony, The Virtue of Nationalism | National Conservatism: A Statement of Principles (June 2022): The document (drafted by: Will Chamberlain, Christopher DeMuth, Rod Dreher, Yoram Hazony, Daniel McCarthy, Joshua Mitchell, N.S. Lyons, John O’Sullivan, and R.R. Reno on behalf of the Edmund Burke Foundation) + writ

Some other materials to help us think more clearly about the rise of Anti-Democracy

Other readings:

Anne Applebaum, Twilight of Democracy: The Seducitve Lure of Authoritarianism (Knopf Doubleday Publishing, 2021)

  • “Given the right conditions, any society can turn against democracy. Indeed, if history is anything to go by, all of our societies eventually will.”
  • “Unity is an anomaly. Polarization is normal. Skepticism about liberal democracy is also normal. And the appeal of authoritarianism is eternal.”

Jerome Copulsky (Fellow Georgetown University, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs))

  • Uncivil Religion digital archive project: A Collaboration Between the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Alabama & The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History | see here for description
  • Christianity and Alt-Right, see: 2018 C-SPAN 4:32-20:08
From Uncivil Religion digital archive

Patrick Deenan, Why Liberalism Failed (2018)

Kristin Kobes Du Mez, Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation (2020)

Joshua Green

Roger Griffin, Fascism (Key Concepts in Political Theory) (Polity, 2018)

Andrew Gumbel, “Peter Thiel’s midterm bet: the billionaire seeking to disrupt America’s democracy,” The Guardian, 10.15.22 |

Larycia Hawkins (Lecturer, University of Virginia, Politics and Religious Studies), on Christianity and Alt-Right, 2018 C-SPAN 20:25-38:01)

George Hawley (assistant professor of political science at the University of Alabama): Right-Wing Critics of American Conservatism (2017)

Paul Dafydd Jones (Associate Professor University of Virginia, Religious Studies); Christianity and Alt-Right, 2018 C-SPAN 38:18-51:20

Steve Levitsky, How Democracies Die

George Michael (Professor of Criminal Justice, Westfield State University)

Larry Perry (Fellow National Museum of African American History and Culture, Christianity and Alt-Right, 2018 C-SPAN 51:32-1:00:05

Sara Posner, Unholy: Why White Evangelicals Worship at the Altar of Donald Trump (2020) | Amazon link | NPR writeup

Matthew Rose, A World After Liberalism (2021) | Yale Press

Timothy Snyder, On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century

Jason Stanley, How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them

Katherine Stewart, The Power Worshippers: Inside the Dangerous Rise of Religious Nationalism (2020)

Benjamin R Teitelbaum, (Benjamin R. Teitelbaum is an award-winning expert on the radical right and a professor of ethnomusicology and international affairs at the University of Colorado Boulder. He is the author of Lions of the North: Sounds of the New Nordic Radical Nationalism, and has written on far-right politics for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy, Los Angeles Review of Books, and the Atlantic.)

War for Eternity: Inside Bannon’s Far-Right Circle of Global Power Brokers (2020)