From Crisis, Anthony Esolen on how the modern state causes the problems it pretends to fix. Bruce P. Frohen reviews The Common Good of Constitutional Democracy: Essays in Political Philosophy and on Catholic Social Teaching by Martin Rhonheimer. A pathology of democracy: Dario Fernandez-Morera reviews The Servile Mind: How Democracy Erodes the Moral Life by Kenneth Minogue. Kenneth B. Mcintyre reviews Oakeshott on Rome and America by Gene Callahan. John Kekes reviews A Companion to Michael Oakeshott. How should a conservative interact with popular culture? The new “friendlier face” of conservatism is an old-school homophobe: You may not know the name Rod Dreher, but you will. Brad DeLong on American conservatism’s crisis of ideas (and “Conservatives believe that people should suffer for bad decisions, but not necessarily the ones who made the bad decisions”).