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Why G. K. Chesterton liked America
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CATEGORY: CONSERVATIVE THINKERS (10 min)
Why G. K. Chesterton Liked America
Did you know that G. K. Chesterton had two extended stays in the United States?
And unlike most other great British authors, Chesterton actually liked America.
Chesterton saw the same problems that these other writers did: consumerism, boorishness, religious hypocrisy, and more.
But he also saw something beautiful in America: true egalitarianism.
Read M. D. Aeschliman’s National Review article to see what Chesterton so admired.
Hint: It’s not the kind of “equality” you hear so much about today.
Read the article now to find out why Chesterton called America “the nation with the soul of a church.”
CATEGORY: AMERICAN HISTORY (7 min)
Cancelling the Alamo
The Alamo is under attack again—this time by cancel culture.
A new book claims that everything you’ve learned about the Alamo is a myth . . .
. . . a myth built on white supremacy.
Not surprisingly, progressive elites have embraced the book.
Never mind that it is “plagued by flaws,” as ISI alumnus Nate Hochman notes in the American Mind.
It’s another 1619 Project: a left-wing polemic posing as history.
This is just the left’s latest effort to recast American history as a source of shame.
But as Hochman points out, you can learn from how Texas conservatives are fighting back.
If you’re looking for practical ways to win the culture wars, this is a must-read.
Because our student editors and writers are bravely bringing conservative ideas to their campuses, we’re highlighting their efforts here.
Betrayals and False Promises via the Crimson Post
Cornell’s New Partnership Exposes Its Fealty to Communist China via the Cornell Review
CATEGORY: HISTORY (9 min)
A Century of Intellectuals’ Hero Worship
What do Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini, Mao Zedong, and Hugo Chavez have in common?
Your first thought is probably “they were all tyrants responsible for millions of deaths.”
That’s true, but they have something else in common, too:
Intellectuals loved them. (Some still do.)
Why have intellectuals so persistently misjudged dictators?
The late, great scholar Paul Hollander has answers for you.
Read this Modern Age classic to find out why some of the smartest people have endorsed some of the worst—and how you can avoid their mistakes.
ISI’s 15th Annual Gala for Western Civilization, September 16
In a time when the Western tradition is demonized, it’s important to celebrate the timeless principles that have been handed down to us.
That’s why ISI is proud to host our 15th annual Gala for Western Civilization.
You’re invited to join us Thursday, September 16, at the historic Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C.
You and hundreds of other ISI friends and supporters will come together to recognize the leaders, thinkers, and students who are fighting to preserve the Western tradition today.
And if you’re an ISI alum under 30, registration is only $50!
At the Gala, you’ll hear from:
- Hillsdale College president Larry P. Arnn, who will give the keynote address
- Philanthropist Diana Davis Spencer, who will receive ISI’s Lifetime Achievement Award
- Professor and author Daniel J. Mahoney, who will receive ISI’s Faculty Award
The Gala for Western Civilization is more than just a fancy, fun-filled evening. It’s also a way to stand up for the Western tradition when it’s under attack.
“Industry is the enemy of melancholy.”
―William F. Buckley Jr.
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