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.


Life Without Intellectual Principle: Part One

A little while back, a friend of mine had a poem accepted by The Paris Review, a magazine that, though in steep decline since it became politically correct, remains a big deal in the world of letters. The poem was never published, though, because ...

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Limousine Liberals

“To be great is to be misunderstood.” —Emerson Alfred Lubrano, in an article published in The Philadelphia Inquirer on Sept. 14, 2017, noted that in 2016, Philadelphia retained its unenviable designation as the poorest of the 10 most populous ...

The Ongoing Gender Equality Experiment

“[I]f thou live, remember’d not to be, Die single, and thine image dies with thee.” —Shakespeare On Wednesday, the liberal writer Caitlin Flanagan tweeted something about the previous night’s Democratic debate that should be of immense ...

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Two Cheers for Rusty Reno, Rod Dreher, and Other National Sages

“If I’ve a taste, it’s not alone.” —Rimbaud According to that hateful elitist Aristotle, democracy is the worst form of government because, among other things, it is averse to meritocracy. It is only workable in small communities of ...

The Strange 21st-Century Sexual Marketplace

“[O]nly God, my dear, Could love you for yourself alone And not your yellow hair.” —Yeats On television, in the movies, and, most of all, on that vast, unpredictable, freewheeling medium known as the internet, our culture is absolutely ...

Individual Sovereignty Versus Paternalism

“It is old custom that enables people to live together peaceably; the destroyers of custom demolish more than they know or desire.” —Russell Kirk On Dec. 6, four Republican congressmen sent a letter to U.S. attorney general William Barr ...

Zionists: “Jump!” President Trump: “How High?”

“Fight for freedom, stand with Hong Kong,” Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey tweeted back in October about the pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong. Although many people involved with the NBA, from players and coaches to team ...

Hacks and Charlatans

The National Association of Scholars has published an important new report called “Social Justice Education in America.” It’s “a comprehensive examination of the inner workings of social justice advocates at more than 60 universities and how ...

How Intellectuals and “Experts” Undermine Moral Agency

Like The New York Times and other leading liberal newspapers, The Philadelphia Inquirer frequently publishes articles which seek to persuade readers that criminals are really victims, and that, therefore, what they deserve is not retribution but ...

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Behold Their Lofty Angst: Artists in the Trump Era—Part Two

“Can Protest Art Get Its Mojo Back?” asks Spencer Kornhaber in a July 2018 article in The Atlantic. For though it’s a shocking thing, given the characteristic courage and heroism of progressives, “[s]ince the 2016 election,” Kornhaber ...

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Behold Their Lofty Angst: Artists in the Trump Era—Part One

Lo, lefty artists across the land are speaking truth to power. How noble of them to rail against the aims of working-class white people to improve their lives and to be sovereign over the fate of their own nation! For instance, in the current issue ...

Pesky Reality Catches Up to the Left

There are certain leftist ideas that, if one is to believe in them, it is necessary to live at a certain removal from reality, that rather pesky thing which never ceases to shatter comforting delusions. We are often told, for example, that there is ...


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