John Horvat II is a scholar, researcher, educator, international speaker, and author of the book Return to Order: From a Frenzied Economy to an Organic Christian Soceity--Where We've Been, How We Go Here, and Where We Need to Go. He lives in Spring Grove, Pennsylvania, where he is the vice president of the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property.

My Articles

November 7, 2018, 4:04 PM EST
As three human caravans snake their way through Mexico, two different visions of America emerge.
October 31, 2018, 2:23 PM EDT
At first glance, it seems to be a very positive initiative on the part of those at Notre Dame University. Over one thousand male students, faculty and staff have signed a petition asking that “the University implement a filter to make pornography inaccessible on the Notre Dame Wi-Fi networks.” Finally, some sanity seems to be taking hold in Catholic higher education.
October 9, 2018, 2:35 PM EDT
With the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings, the sexual assault debate has ignited once again, as it will with each new accusation—whether true or false—of high profile celebrities or public figures. Every time, we hear the same message: There is an abuse of power that allows people to force themselves upon others. We are urged to reject our violent “#metoo” sexual abuse culture.
September 20, 2018, 4:33 PM EDT
Conservatives often blame liberals for the breakdown in society today. After all, liberals challenged an order that existed and replaced it with a situation that is now unraveling.
September 17, 2018, 4:21 PM EDT
To the scientific community, religion is a mystery that should not exist. The greatest mystery is the God problem. There must be some kind of scientific explanation to account for why people believe in God.
September 5, 2018, 3:54 PM EDT
The liberal order has long dominated the modern world. It is based on the pillars of the rule of law, individual freedoms, representative government and free markets. Liberalism is the political philosophy that serves as a framework in which progressives and conservatives debate the future of the nation. However strong this order might seem, many are now claiming the demise of liberalism is at hand.
August 29, 2018, 2:40 PM EDT
There is talk that the government will soon file lawsuits against the pharmaceutical firms that make opioid painkillers. They claim that these companies have failed to warn patients about the addictive nature of their product, which in turn allowed them to amass huge profits.  
August 22, 2018, 3:44 PM EDT
We are accustomed to think that instant communications serve us well. They can be depended upon for emergencies and even improve relationships. However, a recent incident made me question just how instant and how communicative our modern gadgets are.
July 24, 2018, 3:12 PM EDT
There is good news in America today. Unemployment is down as the economy is booming. Jobs are available to all. Happy times should be here again.
July 11, 2018, 2:03 PM EDT
With the choice of Brett Kavanaugh as candidate for Supreme Court Justice, the confirmation hearings will soon begin with a now familiar ritual of evading Roe v. Wade.
July 9, 2018, 4:19 PM EDT
There is talk of a new American civil war. Indeed, the vitriol of opposing parties is reaching levels heretofore unseen. It is especially vicious now over the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy. There is nothing civil about this coming war. For now, it is still a culture battle, but it might be better labeled as an uncivil war.
June 13, 2018, 2:29 PM EDT
A friend of mine works at a health clinic in a medium-sized town in the Midwest. He told me about a peculiar kind of patient that comes in for treatment. They are young and old, rich and poor.  They are men and women. It is safe to say they represent a cross section of America.
May 16, 2018, 3:07 PM EDT
Something is sacred when it separates that which belongs to God alone from the rest of the world. The sacred speaks of heavenly things and leaves below earthly concerns. The sacred is outside of time and space. It contains the mystery of all things infinite and ineffable. Indeed, the very word sacred comes from the Latin verb sacrare, which means to set apart or consecrate.
May 3, 2018, 3:46 PM EDT
The liberal order that has long sustained modernity is crumbling. It is no secret. Society is coming apart and fragmenting. People are concerned about the future.
April 26, 2018, 4:13 PM EDT
It was only a matter of time before something like this appeared. It’s called the “the Sarco,” a capsule designed by Dutch engineer Alex Bannink and activist Philip Nitschke. One model is described as a 3D-printable “death machine” that can be printed out anywhere and activated to induce death when the user chooses.
April 5, 2018, 4:19 PM EDT
Sometimes there is no explanation for some actions. It can’t be a question of ignorance. It can’t be a mistake in judgment.
March 29, 2018, 12:06 PM EDT
In the marches, walkouts and debates over gun violence, young people claim to be victims. Some even say they are the only valid, even prophetic voice speaking out. However, one question goes unanswered: Why are young people killing other young people?
March 20, 2018, 11:52 AM EDT
As I stood on the country highway praying a rosary for marriage, I could not help but think I was on the front line. Talking about traditional marriage is essential, but it can be done from the safety of the home. Writing about the subject is an exercise done in the isolation of an office. When you are out in front of hundreds of passing cars or pedestrian traffic, that is the front line.
March 1, 2018, 3:13 PM EST
The Russian collusion case has been dominating the headlines for some time. Recent indictments seem to prove that 13 Russian individuals and three companies operated thousands of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts aimed at influencing the American elections and destabilizing the country. Investigators have sounded the alarm saying tens of millions may have been exposed to the false postings.    
February 26, 2018, 2:07 PM EST
The death of Billy Graham has led many to reflect upon what it means for America. The popular evangelical figure was more than a preacher. He was man-symbol who represented the way much of Protestant America has practiced religion over the decades. His message was much more temperamental than doctrinal; more personal than social.