• Why Conservatives Have Turned Against Academic Freedom Again

    by John K. Wilson

    The legacies of William F. Buckley and Ronald Reagan suggest that the right demands freedom for its own perspective that it actively seeks to deny to radical critics of capitalism, religion, and conservatism. 

  • Chait: GOP Door is Now Open to Antisemites

    Since World War II, antisemitic conspiracists have been persona non grata in the party. Now, as the Republicans seek to govern with a shrinking share of the electorate, they're taking any help they can get. 

  • How a Major Christian News Organization Lost its Way

    by Marvin Olasky

    The Christian news magazine "World" once combined a religious perspective with editorial independence and investigative reporting. Today's Christian nationalist climate has no room for that, says the former editor. 

  • It's Not Trump's GOP, it's Pat Buchanan's

    by Nicole Hemmer

    Republicans have come around to Pat Buchanan's vision of a hard-right, pessimistic and grievance-driven party. The question now is whether they will soften that vision in pursuit of a majority of voters, or try to keep power as a minority party. 

  • Are the Republicans Repeating the Mistake of 1998?

    by Steven M. Gillon

    The Republican congressional leadership pushed ahead with the impeachment of Bill Clinton to appeal to their right-wing base. The strategy backfired: the party failed to make any midterm gains and Newt Gingrich was overthrown as Speaker. Will a similar dynamic play out over abortion in 2022?

  • History Exposes the Fraud of Marco Rubio's Populism

    by Sean Wilentz

    The Florida senator engaged with an ingnominious tradition of disparaging expertise and knowledge as "elitist" when he condemned a meeting between President Biden and a number of historians, including the author. 

  • Church-State Separation is Alien to Many Americans' Faith

    by Caleb Gayle

    The "classical" Christian curriculum pushes a historical vision that America was conceived by God as a beacon of righteousness, and that Christian duty is to eliminate secularism and religious pluralism. 

  • Orban's American Apologists

    by John Ganz

    Why is the leader of a small and politically insignificant European nation suddenly a celebrated hero for the American right? Orban's brand of nationalism represents a test of how far ethnonationalists can go in public. 

  • It's Not Hypocrisy When It's Fascism

    by William Horne

    The right is acting to advance a white Christian nationalist agenda through any means necessary, and has no regard for whether its actions match its stated principles if those actions advance their agenda. 

  • The Ongoing Legacy of Direct-Mail Grievance Politics

    by L. Benjamin Rolsky

    By privatizing political discourse, the pioneers of direct mail advertising could solicit funds at the same time as they stoked the fears of a targeted set of voters; this worked to bring the religious right into the heart of the Republican Party. 

  • CPAC's Orban Fandom in Historical Context

    by Jason Tebbe

    Orbanism resonates with today's American right because it explicitly rejects liberalism, involves the masses in politics while rigging the system for favorable outcomes, and gets its power from resentment of marginalized “outsiders," galvanizing a group feeling its demographic and cultural position decline. 

  • Corey Robin on the Enigma of Clarence Thomas

    The political scientist's 2019 biography of the Justice comes in for new attention with Thomas's controversial judicial opinions (and the alleged actions of his wife on January 6). 

  • Milbank: January 6 Roots Begin with Gingrich, Not Trump

    While relatively little of Newt Gingrich's "Contract With America" became law, the House Speaker who rose to power in 1994 set the tone for the Republican Party's rigid partisanship and demonization of the opposition, a stance that justifies antidemocratic steps to keep power. 

  • Kathleen Wellman on How the Religious Right Hijacked History

    "These textbooks, unlike the work of historians, dismisses much of human history and denigrates most human accomplishments. Only human efforts undertaken to support 'biblical truth,' meaning evangelical Protestantism, are godly and have any value; all others reflect sinful 'humanism'."