Micah Meadowcroft

Micah Meadowcroft

Micah Meadowcroft is an essayist and critic who has written for publications such as The New Atlantis, Wall Street Journal, and American Affairs.

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Elitism, Right and Wrong Share This

Oct 13, 2020

Re: The Three Deadly Sins of the Right

As part of American Compass’s “Party Foul” series, which seeks to set forth mistakes and self-service by the political establishments of both parties, Henry Olsen has played penitent and confessor for the Right. Republicans have committed, according to him, “three deadly sins,” in the form of market fundamentalism, snobbery, and hubris. I will happily agree […]

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Republicans, Democrats, and Definitions Share This

Oct 12, 2020

Anyone who cannot stand the phrase, “Actually, America is a republic,” had best stop reading now. This post is not for you. Except ye be converted, and become as little children, delighted with hearing things again and again, you had better move along and let me preach to the choir. I’m not actually going to […]

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War Footing: Made in the Americas Share This

Sep 30, 2020

Re: China and Civic Piety

Taking the side of ancient particularity in its long-standing quarrel with modern universalism, I warned in a July Commons post against the temptation to orient American policy towards China around the moralizing language of human rights that has dominated international discourse since the Second World War. Outrageous and inhumane as the tyranny of the CCP […]

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Labor For The Future Share This

Sep 14, 2020

This is one of those half-baked blog posts that are the point of a blog but increasingly rare; after all, in the digital era everything seems to just get slicker and more centralized. There are only three sites to post to and you have to be on, and casual-Friday professional, you know?, for your brand. […]

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Some Naturally Negative Thoughts Share This

Aug 25, 2020

It is all going to get worse. No matter what happens in November, the weirdness and hysteria that have made 2020 feel so extremely like itself will only escalate into 2021. Millennials, who wait in packs for crumbs to fall from the Boomers’ table, are well into their 30s with little more than social media […]

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More Than Materialists: Class and Religion Share This

Aug 15, 2020

Re: The Strange Death of the Populist Dream and the Victory of Woke Integralism

When does something become a cliché? I’m not sure. Truisms lose a certain power after much repetition, but it doesn’t make them less true. That fundamental political conflicts are always theological is an old observation by theorists that still bears repeating, always suggesting something new. Examples: Our idea of nature or creation shapes our idea […]

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China and Civic Piety Share This

Jul 29, 2020

The Chinese Communist Party’s efforts to eradicate the Uighur Muslim population in favor of the Han majority are horrifying. Programmatic abortions and sterilizations, slave labor, and “re-education” camps recall atrocities of the past. At the same time, the CCP’s ambitions for Hong Kong outrage westerners committed to liberty and the rule of law. And its […]

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John Ruskin and the Purpose of Political Economy Share This

Jul 20, 2020

As we seek a realignment in American political economy we would do well to rediscover the thought of a 19th-century critic who did not like us very much. John Ruskin (1819–1900) found Americans obsessed with a liberty he considered license and naively committed to an ideal of equality he believed impossible: “also, as a nation, […]

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