America is at its best when we recognize the salutary influence of a shared way of life.
James Matthew Wilson
Nature hates a vacuum, and if modern civic life does not fill itself with a range of sound mystiques, others, more dark, will make an entrance.
Perhaps the memory of that metaphysical right to property informs our fears, and could lead to a restoration of human flourishing.
James Matthew Wilson is the Cullen Foundation Chair in English Literature, Professor of Humanities, and Director of the MFA program in Creative Writing at the University of Saint Thomas. His most recent book is The Strangeness of the Good (Angelico, 2020).