Christopher DeGroot

Christopher DeGroot

Christopher DeGroot is the editor of The Agonist. His writing has appeared in The American Spectator, The Daily Caller, American Thinker, Frontpage Magazine, New English Review, Jacobite Magazine, The Unz Review, VoegelinView, Splice Today, Ygdrasil, A Journal of the Poetic Arts, and elsewhere. Follow him at @CEGrotius.

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Illustration by Aubrey Beardsley, 1896.

How to Find Meaning After God

May 17 2019

It has become hackneyed to say, like Ivan Karamazov, that without God everything is permitted. And though it is rather simplistic and question-begging, this statement


The Liberty to Hate

May 10 2019

If you want to understand politics, it is instructive to overcome the common prejudice against negative feelings—enmity, hatred, contempt, envy, resentment, and others—because though often

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New York Public Library

The Fight Against Politically Correct Literature

May 03 2019

In recent columns I’ve argued that Steven Pinker, Kevin Williamson, and others are terribly wrong to insist that material progress entails a superior form of

Oy Vey!

Binyamin Netanyahu

Get Religion Out of Politics

Apr 26 2019

It is often said that what is most unique about Western civilization derives from Athens and Jerusalem, the former city representing Greek philosophy and the

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Kevin Williamson’s Hilarious Sophistry

Apr 19 2019

“Things are in the saddle,/And ride mankind.” —Emerson Last week National Review published an unintentionally funny bit of sophistry by Kevin Williamson. “The division of

All About Me

Why Young Americans Are So Unhappy

Apr 12 2019

The general method, or rather hustle, of the Confidence Man Steven Pinker is to use evidence of greater material well-being to justify the value judgment

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White Liberals: Our Greatest Political Liability

Apr 05 2019

Man is an animal who gets lost in his own ideas, rosy abstractions obscuring the hard realities he’d do better to behold. Consider multiculturalism, that


The Delusions of the Post-National Era

Mar 29 2019

According to journalist Paul Brian, [Brent] Tarrant’s perceptions and actions are the outgrowth of years of rhetoric that’s portrayed immigrants as “invaders” and the paranoiac


Max Boot

Max Boot, Enemy of the Right

Mar 22 2019

The neoconservative movement has always been more of an alternative left than a school of conservatism proper. Hence the right’s main enemy has long been

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A Defense of Tucker Carlson

Mar 15 2019

On Wednesday, The Washington Examiner published an op-ed by Kimberly Ross, “No sacred cows: Don’t tolerate Tucker Carlson’s indefensible words just because he’s conservative.” Ross


When Will the Goyim Learn?

Mar 08 2019

Just as many men still fail to understand that to criticize women or to disagree with them is misogynistic by definition, so many people, even

Bitch, Please!

Richard Grenell

The Gospel of Gay Imperialism

Mar 01 2019

I trust that some of my Takimag readers, following my writing as they do on Twitter, have read my recent appreciation for the Trump administration’s


The Trump Presidency: A Tragicomedy

Feb 22 2019

The greatest value of democracy is negative, consisting in the fact that stupidity is less to be feared than evil. Or, to say it another

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Rethinking the College Education Racket

Feb 15 2019

Although American higher education has been terribly dumbed down since the late 1960s, it still has considerable practical value. College graduates earn more money, enjoy

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The Evils of Equality

Feb 08 2019

During the State of the Union address on Tuesday, a group of female Democrats, dressed in all white (in tribute to the suffragettes of the

Church and State

The Future of Christianity in America

Feb 01 2019

On Monday, Virginia Democrats introduced the Repeal Act, a controversial bill that would make abortion legal up to the moment of birth. The current law

Hate Cries

William F. Buckley

Conservative Moral Prostitutes

Jan 25 2019

“The world is what it is; men who are nothing, who allow themselves to become nothing, have no place in it.” —V.S. Naipaul People need

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The United States of Abstractions

Jan 18 2019

America was founded by British Protestant men. The Constitution, as we read in its Preamble, was meant to “secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves

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Psychology’s War on Men

Jan 11 2019

It’s often been pointed out that Jordan Peterson’s huge following is mostly male. And there are good reasons for this sex difference. Peterson’s themes of

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Cristiano Ronaldo

Political Correctness Is Ruining Sports

Jan 04 2019

It says a lot about the vulgar character of our time that The New Republic would publish an article called “Why Has the World Gone

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Moral Confusion About Immigration

Dec 28 2018

In her December 21 column in The New York Times, “None of Us Deserve Citizenship,” Michelle Alexander provides an example of the dangerously utopian thinking

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Woody Allen

Mind Your Business, Hypocrites

Dec 21 2018

The atheist who, like me, studies and reflects on the nature of moral psychology will, I think, grant at least some social value to religion,

Another Defenestration

The Genteel Touchiness of Academics

Dec 14 2018

The dubious value academics assign to cultural diversity, I argued in one of my earliest columns, stems from their own peculiar and highly competitive experiences

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Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama and Other Noble Sages

Dec 07 2018

The Barclays Center in Brooklyn seats 19,000, and last Saturday it was packed with liberal idolaters eager to be enlightened by the great American sage

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Racism in ‘Harper’s Magazine’

Nov 30 2018

There’s a certain type of black public intellectual who is becoming increasingly common. A leftist identitarian, as it were, his constant subject is racism—namely, what

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Rhodes House, Oxford

Masochistic America

Nov 23 2018

Released last Saturday, this year’s list of American Rhodes Scholars is a remarkable document. For, judging by the moral values evidenced in it, we’d hardly