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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I Take My Non-Catholicism Seriously: Reflections on Not Receiving the Eucharist

Nathanael Blake

The point of the Catholic Church is to be the Catholic Church, and some of us appreciate that, even in disagreement. As for those who want Unitarian beliefs with Catholic ceremony, they are welcome to join the Episcopalians.

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The Catholic World Report / July 20, 2021

The Transgender Industry Is Culling Tomboys Out Of Existence

Nathanael Blake

The biggest sources of sex stereotypes and strict gender roles in America today are the trans movement and its allies.

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The Federalist / July 19, 2021

The Left Shouldn’t Get Away With Constant Flopping

Nathanael Blake

Whatever the issue, from immigration to education to law enforcement, there is a parade of people taking a dive and crying foul, insisting the other side isn’t just wrong, but bigoted.

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The Federalist / July 14, 2021

‘Trans Mission’ Raises Questions LGBT Activists Refuse To Answer About Transgendering Kids

Nathanael Blake

Transgenderism escalated quickly. As it burst into the nation’s consciousness just more than half a decade ago, we were told the trans movement was about being kind to Bruce as he became Caitlyn. Now we are told that it is about supporting the sterilization and castration of children.

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The Federalist / July 1, 2021

Left Demands That Big Business Boycott States That Don’t Want Abortion

Nathanael Blake

The managerial oligarchy, along with its enablers, advocates, and hangers-on, believes that it has the right to rule the rest of us — government by the wealthy and connected, for the wealthy and connected, and of the wealthy and connected.

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The Federalist / June 16, 2021

How Transgender Ideology Takes Children Hostage

Nathanael Blake

Many who — rightly — want to be compassionate toward those diagnosed with gender dysphoria have been reluctant to challenge the demands of transgender activists. But genuine compassion depends on truth, and the truth is that the claims of transgenderism are fundamentally mystical, even magical, rather than medical.

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National Review Online / June 10, 2021

No, Institutionalization Will Not End Wokeness. Only Utterly Denying It Power Will.

Nathanael Blake

Wokeness must be opposed in order to be defeated, and Americans must be presented with a better vision of how to live, and how to respond to injustice.

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The Federalist / May 27, 2021

Jane Austen is the Latest Victim of Upper-Class Whites’ Obsession with Race

Nathanael Blake

Last month it was reported that exhibits at the Jane Austen Museum were being revamped as staff are “re-evaluating Jane Austen’s place in ‘Regency-era colonialism’ in the wake of Black Lives Matter protests.” This attempt to evaluate Austen according to the American upper class’s current racial obsessions mostly reveals the blind spots those obsessions encourage.

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The Federalist / May 18, 2021

Dear GOP: Move on From Trump Without Repudiating His Voters

Nathanael Blake

Yes, the GOP needs a new leader. Yet the way to move on from Trump is to move on from Trump, instead of keeping the political world revolving around him.

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The Federalist / May 18, 2021

The LGBT Rebellion Against the Body Is Making Casualties of More Foster Children

Nathanael Blake

Those bent on remaking bodies, language, and society to accord with their desires won’t persuade if they can command, or reason if they can suppress.

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The Federalist / May 11, 2021

Lockdowns Have Spawned a New Addict: The Pandemic Junkie

Nathanael Blake

There are reasonable discussions and disagreements to be had over how to handle this final stretch of the pandemic in the United States. What we cannot allow is for our policies to be driven by pandemic junkies who are determined to keep getting their fix of fear and fake virtue.

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The Federalist / May 10, 2021

Managerial Oligarchy: Why Conservatives Should Oppose Big Business

Nathanael Blake

As conservatives contemplate how to respond to the threat of managerial oligarchy, we should, of course, be humble—but we must not be so afraid of our own imperfections that we are paralyzed into acquiescence under an evil system.

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Public Discourse / May 3, 2021