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Look around. The world we live in is in a kind of spiritual lockdown, even where people can move about freely. The liberal ordering of the world is exhausting us. We are addicted to endless innovations which don’t improve our lives, and the more we seek to transgress every moral limit, we find ourselves ever more solitary, ever more detached from ourselves, from our families, from our countries, and our God. The liberal order has failed us. To speak of “the postliberal order” is, at least on one level, simply descriptive of this fact. Yet on another level, it’s not at all clear what is emerging out of the ashes of liberalism. What sort of order can emerge?

This is a group newsletter by four professors known for asking just this question, and also for trying to answer it as realists attentive to the common good. Professors Patrick Deneen (Notre Dame), Gladden Pappin (University of Dallas), Chad Pecknold (Catholic University of America), and Adrian Vermeule (Harvard) post weekly observations about political philosophy, law, and theology in order to think together about how an emergent order might arise which doesn’t exhaust us, but conforms us to what is good and true.

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Gladden Pappin

Mathias Corvinus Collegium | University of Dallas | American Affairs

Chad Pecknold

Associate Professor of Theology at The Catholic University of America; Books on Augustine and postliberal political theology.

The Postliberals 

This is the online political magazine founded by Professors Patrick Deneen, Gladden Pappin, Chad Pecknold, and Adrian Vermeule.

Patrick J. Deneen

Patrick J. Deneen is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame. He is the author of “Why Liberalism Failed” (Yale, 2018), which has been translated into over a dozen languages.

Adrian Vermeule

Ralph S. Tyler Professor of Constitutional Law, Harvard Law School; Administrative Conference of the United States, Council Member.