It’s been a while, and for that we apologize profusely. The troubles of the world have kept nearly everyone in this country busy for the past few months, and unfortunately many of us have been particularly short on time. We understand that our readers take our writing quite seriously and will be sure to maintain a steady stream of content from this day forward. As you may know, there has been a moderate shift in the management of this publication. Luca Cacciatore, the founder and first editor-in-chief of New Conservatives, has resigned from his position in order to pursue a full-time career as an editor at Newsmax, where he has already made a number of substantial and important contributions. Effective immediately, Michael Shinkar will become the editor-in-chief of this publication, and Austin Drake will join the editorial board of New Conservatives. Austin has long been a beloved member of the New Cons family, having written for us in the past, providing editorial assistance and serving as our communications director. We look forward to his future work as an editor. This publication is greatly indebted to Luca; in some respects, we owe him everything, for without his efforts we would not have enjoyed any meaningful kind of success and it is unlikely that you would even be reading this. Michael owes a particularly large deal of gratitude to Luca for inspiring his political maturity, for his mentorship, and for his large influence on Michael’s conversion to Christianity. Regardless of the direction this publication takes in the coming years, we shall never forget where we came from.
Earlier this month, the results of statewide elections in Virginia and New Jersey shocked the nation as Republican candidates up and down the ballot vastly overperformed the performance of their party during the previous year. Even to those who believed that Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin had a reasonable chance at success prior to the election were stunned by not only Youngkin’s success, but also that of the lieutenant gubernatorial and attorney general candidates, and by the governor’s race in New Jersey, where incumbent Democratic candidate Phil Murphy nearly lost to challenger Jack Ciattarelli in spite of the fact that most polling showed the race to be uncompetitive. Conservative candidates also flipped seats in state legislatures, including the seat of former New Jersey State Senate President Stephen Sweeney, which was flipped by a southern New Jersey truck driver named Edward Durr (who only spent several thousand dollars on his campaign, about 150 times less than his opponent). Dissatisfied parents won elections to numerous school boards in order to halt the advance of radical changes to school curricula and voters in Minneapolis rejected a measure to replace the city’s police department. From these developments over the past month one thing is clear: an increasingly large share of this nation’s population is realizing the sheer extent to which our current political regime, and more broadly our long-incumbent political and academic classes refuse to defend their interests.
As analysts and so-called “experts” continue to debate precisely how these developments ought to be interpreted, one thing is clear: conservatives in this very moment have a unique opportunity to present our moral, cultural, and political philosophy to large segments of a previously disinterested or apolitical demographic of Americans. How we go about doing this and what we are able to do with the varying sorts of capital that we may acquire (political, economic, cultural, &c.) may very well determine not only the future of the conservative movement, but also that of the nation as a whole.
Although we primarily publish essays on matters like political philosophy, economics and theology, our publication will now also be home to a poetry section, which is accepting submissions. The cultivation of the humanistic faculties is essential for any understanding of conservatism, and of civilization as a whole. Please contact us for any further inquiries on the matter.
New Conservatives has from its very beginning been primarily a youth publication, with the lion’s share of our very best contributors and editors being university-aged, or in some cases even younger. In spite of this, it has always been our mission to maintain a high standard of rigor, prudence, and overall intellectual excellence. Primarily by virtue of our young age, we do not and never will claim to be the most advanced or sophisticated conservative publication. We acknowledge a portion of the writing which each of us has produced over the years is tempered by our inexperience, whether it be in the world, in the academy, or elsewhere; very few New Cons writers have doctorates, for example. Nonetheless we will continue to do our best to ensure that young conservatives’ minds are nurtured with rich, complex pieces which will allow us all to better understand what exists in the world today, what came before us, and what will likely follow us. If this publication is able to enrich even the smallest cadre of young people with a love of ancient liberty, tradition, human dignity and the power of God Almighty, then we will have done our job well.
The New Conservatives Editorial Board
Austin V. Drake