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Right From The Ground Up on Substack

Rules for Radical Patriots

Andrew Kloster outlines 28 ‘rules’ for all young patriots to live by.

American Affairs

The Future of China’s Semiconductor Industry

“For the foreseeable future, the semiconductor industry will remain a critical sector, a high stakes geopolitical issue, and a source of tension between Beijing, Washington, and Taipei.”

Bombardier Books

They’re Not Listening: How The Elites Created the National Populist Revolution

They’re Not Listening serves as a fantastic primer on the issues that young patriots should care about—immigration, foreign policy restraint, media bias, economic inequality, and more. Chapters 4 and 5 of offer a thorough summary of both the illegal and legal immigration issues facing America today. Written by American Moment Board of Advisor Member Ryan Girdusky.

City Journal

The Biden Threat to Law Enforcement

Police departments should go on the offensive now against the race-based assault that a prospective Democratic Justice Department would bring.

The American Conservative

Time For GOP To Focus On The Family

John A. Burtka IV of The American Conservative makes the case that conservatives should prioritize social cohesion over globalization.

Public Discourse

Toward a New Jurisprudential Consensus: Common Good Originalism

Common good originalism is the best constitutional complement to a politics of a conservative restoration. It is ordered toward a profoundly and distinctly conservative politics that elevates the concerns of nation, community, and family over the one-way push toward ever-greater economic, sexual, and cultural liberationism.

The New Criterion

Unmaking The Met

The Metropolitan Museum of Art reopened to the public in late August. Those of us who lined up outside early shared a special sense of relief at its return.

Prospect Magazine

The ‘Diversification’ of Britain

In this prescient 2004 piece, David Goodhart asked the question: “Is Britain becoming too diverse to sustain the mutual obligations behind a good society and the welfare state?”

Simon & Schuster

The Age of Entitlement: America Since the Sixties

Christopher Caldwell makes the historical case that the reforms of the 1960s, reforms intended to make the nation more just and humane, left many Americans feeling alienated, despised, misled—and ready to put an adventurer in the White House.

The Federalist

Welcome to the Pink Police State

Americans are giving up political liberty in the name of health and safety, and in exchange for more interpersonal freedom.

The American Mind

Common Good Originalism

Hammer argues, contra Vermeule, that originalism need not be abandoned for conservatives to pursue the common good in the courts. Hammer argues that Vermeule’s proposal goes too far and instead a Hamiltonian understanding of the constitution would suffice.


The Story of Art

E. H. Gombrich’s seminal work, The Story of Art, is a survey of Western art from prehistoric times to the modern era. Published in 1950, it has often been regarded as one of the best introductions to art history for the general reader—and includes hundreds of high-quality images for your enjoyment.

Basic Books

The Virtue of Nationalism

In the Virtue of Nationalism, Yoram Hazony looks at the clash between the nation-state and empires and shows how nationalism and local particularity are the best foundations for the state.

Farrar & Straus & Giroux

From Bauhaus to Our House

After critiquing—and infuriating—the art world with The Painted Word, award-winning author Tom Wolfe shared his less than favorable thoughts about modern architecture in From Bauhaus to Our Haus.

Claremont Review of Books

Trumpism, Nationalism, and Conservatism

Trumpism has an essence, and that essence is nationalism. It is the American version of the revival of the spirit of nationhood in the rich democracies of the North Atlantic. It is bigger than President Trump’s personality and program, and is certain to outlast the drama and fate of his tenure in office.

Farrar & Straus & Giroux

The Painted Word

Tom Wolfe’s The Painted Word is a fantastic and quick critique of modern art. Published in 1975, Wolfe skewers artists for what he sees as a transition away from a visual experience toward art that promotes vague theories or politicized concepts.

The New Criterion

Why I Became a Conservative

Roger Scruton writes on his personal journey to conservatism. He talks about the impact of the French student protests on his thinking and how being a conservative was a lonely place to be in the university.

American Affairs

James Burnham’s Managerial Elite

Krein explores the thought of James Burnham and its development throughout his life. Of particular importance are Burnham’s theory of the managerial revolution and its further development in his later works.

American Affairs

What Is Conservatism?

Hazony and Haivry trace the roots of English conservatism before Burke. They highlight forgotten thinkers such as Selden and Fortescue and show their impact on Anglo-American conservatism.

Penguin Random House

The New Class War: Saving Democracy from the Managerial Elite

Michael Lind presents a solution to remedy our decaying institutions and the breakdown of class compromises that have hurt the working class and the social fabric of this country. Recommended by Board of Advisors Member Saagar Enjeti.

H. Regnery Company

The Conservative Mind: From Burke to Eliot

The Conservative Mind explores the development of conservative thought from Edmund Burke to T.S. Eliot. Published shortly after World War II, Kirk’s magnum opus had a major influence on post-war conservatism and contributed to a renewed interest in Burke’s thinking.

WW Norton

The Revolt of the Elites and the Betrayal of Democracy

In a fantastically prescient book, Christopher Lasch’s 1995 thesis on the threats posed by America’s professional and managerial class rings true today, as does his appeal that we return to the virtues of community, responsibility, and religion.

The American Conservative

Too Few Of The President’s Men

Rachel Bovard expertly lays out why “Personnel is Policy” is not just an old adage, but a law of politics which, if ignored, will cripple administrations present and future.


The Managerial Revolution: What Is Happening in the World

Written during the opening phase of World War II, James Burnham proposed the theory of managerialism, which argues that “managers” are the main decision-makers in the modern economy. This theory influenced J.K. Galbraith’s thinking on managerial capitalism and has experienced a recent renaissance in the writings of Professor Michael Lind and American Affairs’ Julius Krein, among others.