Bo Winegard

Bo Winegard

Bo Winegard is an essayist and former assistant professor at Marietta College. You can follow him on Twitter @EPoe187.

A Return to Tradition: Creating a Post-Trump Conservatism

A Return to Tradition: Creating a Post-Trump Conservatism

Men cannot improve a society by setting fire to it: they must seek out its old virtues, and bring them back into the light. ~Russell Kirk The conservative movement is in crisis. During the storm and stress of the Trump years, critics in the media and elsewhere have painted its

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In Defense of 'Reactionary Liberalism'—A Reply to Osita Nwanevu

In Defense of 'Reactionary Liberalism'—A Reply to Osita Nwanevu

I am a liberal conservative, or as the New Republic‘s Osita Nwanevu would have it, a “reactionary liberal.” I lean right-of-center and, as I have argued before, I believe that many of the West’s most cherished values—individualism, due process, free speech and inquiry, and the rule of

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Education
I've Been Fired. If You Value Academic Freedom, That Should Worry You

I've Been Fired. If You Value Academic Freedom, That Should Worry You

Orthodoxy whether of the right or of the left is the graveyard of creativity. ~Chinua Achebe Until a week ago, I was a tenure-track assistant professor at a small college. Then I was fired. And although I am but one professor at one small college in one small town, I

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Progressivism and the West

Progressivism and the West

The biggest threat to Western civilization is posed not by other civilizations, but by our own pusillanimity—and by the historical ignorance that feeds it. ~Niall Ferguson I was wrong. For a long time, I considered the loose collection of ideas and assumptions I will call “progressivism” to be a

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"Equalitarianism" and Progressive Bias

"Equalitarianism" and Progressive Bias

“In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations, and epochs, it is the rule.” ~Friedrich Nietzsche “I want to understand how a normal brain becomes conservative,” my professor said. “That is the thing that most puzzles me.” At the time (I was in my early twenties) I completely

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Hypothesis
The Spirit of Centrism

The Spirit of Centrism

“The far-right and far-left can be equally insane.”  ~John P. Avlon Centrism is a decidedly wimpy word, but it is a powerful political idea. Over the last few weeks, many commentators and critics have compelled me to contemplate centrism more carefully. Is centrism a kind of “average” of extremes: They

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Centrism Debate
Centrism: A Moderate Manifesto

Centrism: A Moderate Manifesto

Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the center cannot hold; ~W. B. Yeats Centrism. It’s a decidedly wimpy and unexciting word and it often inspires derision as a kind of pallid purgatory for those afraid to take bold action

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Centrism Debate