Nathanael Blake

Postdoctoral Fellow

Nathanael Blake, Ph.D. is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. His primary research interests are American political theory, Christian political thought, and the intersection of natural law and philosophical hermeneutics. His published scholarship has focused on Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Hans-Georg Gadamer, Alasdair MacIntyre and Russell Kirk. He is currently working on a study of J.R.R. Tolkien’s anti-rationalism. As a cultural observer and commentator, he is also fascinated at how our secularizing culture develops substitutes for the loss of religious symbols, meaning and order.

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Nathanael Blake, Ph.D. is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. His primary research interests are American political theory, Christian political thought, and the intersection of natural law and philosophical hermeneutics. His published scholarship has focused on Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Hans-Georg Gadamer, Alasdair MacIntyre and Russell Kirk. He is currently working on a study of J.R.R. Tolkien’s anti-rationalism. As a cultural observer and commentator, he is also fascinated at how our secularizing culture develops substitutes for the loss of religious symbols, meaning and order.

Dr. Blake grew up in the Pacific Northwest, and received an undergraduate degree in microbiology with a chemistry minor from Oregon State University. After working as a writer and editor in the pro-life movement, he enrolled in graduate studies at the Catholic University of America, earning a doctorate in political theory. His dissertation was titled: “Natural Law and History: The Use and Abuse of Practical Reason.” Blake was a Richard M. Weaver Fellow of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute and served as an adjunct professor of American Government at Wheeling Jesuit University.

Dr. Blake is a Senior Contributor to The Federalist, where he has published over 150 pieces since 2017. His work has been published in a variety of publications, including Public DiscourseThe Catholic World Report, and National Review.

An evangelical Christian, Blake helps lead worship at his church—he particularly enjoys playing old hymns on double bass.

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Elon Musk Can’t Fix Twitter’s Ego Problem

Nathanael Blake

The human need for recognition impels us toward engagement, and bitterness when it does not give us the attention and affirmation we crave.

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The Federalist / May 5, 2022

The Problems of Putting off Children

Nathanael Blake

A vision of control based on ambition, education, and income has come to dominate professional-class perspectives on having children, but we should reject these mistaken cultural pressures and remember that truly abundant life is achieved through giving and receiving love.

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Public Discourse / May 3, 2022

Democrats’ Culture War Is Destroying Their Ability To Govern Competently Enough To Fool Voters

Nathanael Blake

The ideology making Democrats unpopular is also preventing them from understanding why they are unpopular.

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The Federalist / April 26, 2022

Florida Must Hold Disney Accountable Because Nobody Else Can

Nathanael Blake

The people running Disney have turned against the ordinary families whose support built the company.

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The Federalist / April 26, 2022

NYT Columnist Admits Schools Are Grooming Children Into LGBT Identities

Nathanael Blake

A New York Times columnist has again confirmed that social conservatives were right: educators are pushing LGBT ideology on students.

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The Federalist / April 14, 2022

Big Business’s Alliance With The Political Left Is Turning Into A Major Strategic Blunder

Nathanael Blake

Conservatives may be less subservient to business interests than expected. That miscalculation could end up costing woke capital dearly.

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The Federalist / April 7, 2022

How Liberalism Ruined Sex and Degraded Women

Nathanael Blake

Morally, liberal ideology deprives a woman of anything stronger than setting her own ‘I want’ against the ‘I want’ of a man.

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The Federalist / April 1, 2022

Why Some in the LGBT Movement Are Focusing on Kids

Nathanael Blake

The recent debates surrounding Florida’s anti-grooming bill raise questions not just about education, but about who has the right to direct the moral formation of children.

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Public Discourse / March 29, 2022

The Trans Lobby Doesn’t Just Want To Erase Women’s Sports. It Wants To Erase Women

Nathanael Blake

The destruction of women’s athletics is only a small part of the campaign to subjugate women and girls by legally and culturally erasing their existence.

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The Federalist / March 24, 2022

Longing for the Apocalypse, Now

Nathanael Blake

The longing for justice should direct us in humility toward God.

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The Catholic World Report / March 20, 2022

The Transgender Misinformation Machine

Nathanael Blake

The purpose of the transgender misinformation machine is not so much to persuade, but to provide justification for coercion.

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The Federalist / March 10, 2022

What People Who Love Life Should Be Doing Now To Prepare For Roe To Go

Nathanael Blake

Overturning Roe v. Wade will not end the struggle to protect human life in utero, but it is the breakout battle.

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The Federalist / February 28, 2022