Peter Hammond Schwartz

I write about politics, history, philosophy, and religion. I live in Washington State.

Publications



Journalism


Originalism is Dead. Long Live Catholic Natural Law (The New Republic, February 3, 2021)

Why The Democrats Failed Again: On The Cosmological Emptiness Of Liberalism (Salon, December 13, 2020)

Farshad Farahat, Iranian American Actor, Has Advice On Reducing Nuclear Risks (The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, June 19, 2020)

Conscience and the Scientific Community: A Profile of Kennette Benedict (Ploughshares Fund, October 28, 2019)

Facing Nuclear Threats: A Profile of Gael Tarleton (Ploughshares Fund, August 19, 2019)

Book Review / American Revolution: Elite Endeavour? (San Francisco Examiner, October 21, 1990)

Book Review / Dramatic Voice, Dramatic Times (San Francisco Examiner, March 18, 1990)

Third World Oil: The Unexplored Alternative (The Nation, June 6, 1981)



Literary


Polyhedral Cathedral (Portland Review, 2019)

Bartoleme and the Meme Spelling Machine (May 30, 2018)

The Liquid Dream of Governor Moonbeam (June 23, 2015)



Academic

Book Review / The Political Philosophy of Thomas Jefferson (Political Theory, August 1993)

"His Majesty the Baby:" Rejoinder to Springborg (Political Theory, November 1990)

“His Majesty the Baby:” Narcissism and Royal Authority (Political Theory, May 1989)

Imagining Socialism: Karl Kautsky and Thomas More (International Journal of Comparative Sociology, January, 1989)

Equestrian Imagery in European and American Political Thought: Toward an Understanding of Symbols as Political Texts (Western Political Quarterly, December 1988)

The Maternal Christ As Redeemer: Speech and Gender in the Thought of Martin Luther (The Journal of Psychohistory, Spring 1985)

Kings on Horseback: On the Meaning of the Trial and Execution of Charles I (Dissertation) (University of California, Berkeley, 1984)


Essays


Recent


Writing Darwin (April 29, 2021)

The Red Sky on 9/11 (September 14, 2020)


Politics


Wussy Democrats (April 13, 2020)

Know Your Enemy: A Podcast About Conservative Ideas (December 6, 2019)

Alien vs. Predator: The Metastasis of Steve Bannon (September 23, 2019)

Steve Bannon's Pennywise Moment (September 19, 2019)

Steve Bannon's Second Coming (September 11, 2019)

Amy Wax is Whack (August 24, 2019)

Language and the Apocalypse: Trump's Barking Summons to the Hounds of Hell (August 10, 2019)

Aaron's Rod: The Righteous Religious Rage of Robby George (August 8, 2019)

God and Religion at Princeton (August 2, 2019)

Amy Wax’s Recent Inflammatory Statements on Cultural Nationalism and Immigration (July 26, 2019)

'The Left Ruins Everything It Touches:”'A Peek Inside the Weird, Sputtering Brain of Dennis Prager (July 18, 2019)

Serving God and Mammon: The Rise and Influence of the Heritage Foundation and the Federalist Society (July 14, 2019)

Culture War Catholicism and American Conservative Politics (July 12, 2019)

Welcome to Bizarro World: Ayn Rand, Donald Trump, and the Assault on Public Institutions (November 19, 2017)

Roy Moore and the Horse He Rode In On: Revealed Religion and Natural Law in the Alabama Senate Race (November 19, 2017)

The Banality of Campus Speech Controversies (April 30, 2017)

From Steve Bannon to Robby George: The Catholic Foundations of American Conservative Thought (April 24, 2017)

The Dog That Didn't Bark: 2016 Presidential Election Mystery Unfolds in Wisconsin's Juneau County (March 8, 2017)

War on Children: The Deeper Meaning of Trumpism (January 23, 2017)

Return to Oz: Peter Thiel’s Retro Futurism and the Perils of Limitless Self-Love (January 12, 2017)
Trump Likes to Watch: The Visual Foundations of Modern Politics (January 1, 2017)

"His Majesty the (Angry) Baby:" Trump, Narcissism, and the American People (December 4, 2016)

Blowing Things Up: Observations on the Post-Election Landscape (November 21, 2016)

Let the Great Undoing Commence: The End of American Exceptionalism (November 16, 2016)

Clinton's Collapse: Or How a Rabid Dog Hijacked the Election (November 13, 2016)

Thirteen Ways to Think About the Election of Donald Trump (November 12, 2016)

Trumpet of the Black Swan (Or the Devil and the Donald) (July 28, 2016)

Law


The Law as Society's Operating System (November 21, 2019)

How the Federalist Society Stole the Federal Judiciary, Conquered Washington, DC, and Imperiled the Nation (November 20, 2019)

Neil Gorsuch and the Frozen Future of the Federal Courts (November 20, 2017)

Wolf at the Door: Antonin Scalia and the Death of American Law (January 4, 2017)

Religion


What is "New" About the New Atheists? (January 8, 2020)

Conversion Moments and the New Atheists (December 20, 2019)

History


Illness as a Metaphor: Susan Sontag Reads the Constitution (April 16, 2020)

Mike Lee: Please Stop Writing Terrible History and Go Back Just To Being a Terrible Senator (November 26, 2017)

Alexander Hamilton, Superstar (June 27, 2016)

Hip Hop Historiography (June 27, 2016)
A Mind at Work (June 27, 2016)

Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Donnie Darko, and the Meaning of History (September 17, 2013)

Jeremiad: The Puritan Metaphysics of Ass-Kicking (September 17, 2013)

Philosophy


William Barr and the Tropes of Natural Law (April 27, 2020)

Toward a New Cosmology: The Grand Pivot from Natural Law to Complexity Science (January 13, 2020)

Virtue and Power: The Political Dysphoria of Natural Law Moral Philosophy (September 27, 2019)

From Aquinas to Abortion: Self-Consuming Sexual Sagas of the New Natural Law (August 30, 2019)

Human Reason and Its Discontent: A Natural Law Sampler (August 22, 2019)

Unalienable Rights, Alien Populations and Natural Law (August 2, 2019)

The Creation Project: Revealed Religion, Natural Law, Western Civilization, and the Ends of the Earth (November 22, 2017)

Robby George's Primer on Natural Law: Let's Break It Down (June 22, 2017)

The Salvaging: American Academic Philosophy Implodes (May 20, 2017)

Messages in a Bottle (November 11, 2016)

From Working Class to White Trash: Risk, Responsibility, Causation, and Brokenness in America (September 15, 2016)

The Secret Mission: Reflections on Our Time (July 15, 2016)

Nassim Nicholas Taleb and the Fallacy of Truth (September 17, 2013)

Scaling Risk and Political Decline: Or the Triumph of the Dark Lord Sauron (September 17, 2013)

Technology


Move Fast and Break Things: Authoritarian Politics, Digital Technology, and Trump's Disruptive Heart of Darkness (November 2, 2019)

The Divinity of Data: Artificial Intelligence, the Death of God, and the End of Individuality (July 24, 2019)
Climate Reformation: The Solar Technology Vision of Zoltan Kiss (April 15 2015)

Race


Thinking Hard About Racism in America (July 21, 2019)

Agent of Misdirection: John Calipari and the Theatrics of Race, Basketball, and Money (May 30, 2018)

Faust on the Hardwood: John Calipari’s Transactional Wager with African-American Athletes (March 25, 2017)

The Dindu: Towards a White Nationalist Taxonomy of the Saved and the Damned (February 2, 2017)

The Howl: Richard Sherman, Race, Celebrity, and Social Change (May 23, 2014)

Better at Life: Richard Sherman Takes the Selfie Test (May 10, 2014)

The Mugging of Richard Sherman: Fox News, Free Speech, and the New Racism (April 25, 2014)

Straight Out of Compton: The Education of Richard Sherman (April 3, 2014)

Guns


Eight Thoughts on Guns and Freedom (December 16, 2016)

Going Back to Indiana: With Two Cheers for Its Gun-Toting Gals! (April 23, 2015)

Women and Guns (March 17, 2015)

Finance & Investing


The Dark Side of the Sun: Solar Power and Global Electronic Waste (Seeking Alpha, April 21, 2015)

First Solar's Inconvenient Truth (Seeking Alpha, December 17, 2014)

McDonald's and the End of Beef (Seeking Alpha, November 25, 20214)

SolarCity's Sales Conundrum (Seeking Alpha, September 9, 2014)

SolarCity: Profile of a Financially Engineered Post-Modern Corporation (Seeking Alpha, September 5, 2014)

General Electric's Capital Conundrum (Seeking Alpha, August 21, 2014)

Miscellaneous


Robby George and Me (September 6, 2019)

Losing: The Soul of a Writer (March 4, 2015)

Email Like a Cat (March 2, 2015)