Sightings Articles


music | politics | fascism | Donald Trump

Symphonic Politics, Sibelius, and the Immanent Messiah

Our country cannot afford to wait for a miracle. The music of Jean Sibelius teaches us what the alternatives might look like....

January 11, 2021

Donald Trump | Eric Voegelin | fascism | political religion | sacralization of politics

What Trump's "Lies" Have to Do with (Political) Religion

Reviewers of former FBI director James Comey’s A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership (Flatiron, 2018) have fixed on the second of the three terms in the book’s subtitle. In one widely disseminated quote, Comey compares the flagrant dishonesty...

April 19, 2018

Alt-Right | Donald Trump | Eric Voegelin | fascism | Gabriele D'Annunzio | ideology | political religion

After Trump

Editor's note. This is the fourth and last installment in our series on the Trump phenomenon, or “Trumpism,” and what it reveals about the relationship between religion and politics in America today. Special thanks to our previous contributors: Roger...

November 3, 2016

Christianity | Donald Trump | fanaticism | fascism | Manichaeanization

The Last Trump?

Editor's note. This is the first in a series of essays on the Trump phenomenon—or "Trumpism," if such a thing can be defined—and what it reveals about the relationship between religion and politics in America today. Look for further installments lead...

September 8, 2016