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 included work on Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Hans-Georg Gadamer, Alasdair MacIntyre, Russell Kirk and J.R.R. Tolkien. He is currently working on a study of Kierkegaard and labor. 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 included work on Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Hans-Georg Gadamer, Alasdair MacIntyre, Russell Kirk and J.R.R. Tolkien. He is currently working on a study of Kierkegaard and labor. 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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Dear Prolifers: Your Labor Was Not In Vain

Nathanael Blake

The national regime of abortion on demand imposed by Roe v. Wade is over, thanks as much to the humble and unheralded as to the powerful and connected.

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The Federalist / June 28, 2022

The More Americans Decide The System Is Rigged, The More They Will Silently Rebel

Nathanael Blake

What happens when the people who have been the backbone of America realize the system is rigged against them and stop supporting it?

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The Federalist / June 21, 2022

The Left Has Chosen To Prioritize Sex Over Solidarity, With Tragic Consequences

Nathanael Blake

The left’s abandonment of the working class is epitomized by a plan to take school lunches away from the poor in order to push an LGBT agenda.

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The Federalist / June 13, 2022

Scared About Gun Violence? Vote Republican, Get A Gun, And Prepare For Self-Defense

Nathanael Blake

The more the left encourages crime and social disintegration, the more the rest of us must prepare to defend ourselves and our families.

The Federalist / June 6, 2022

Biden’s Trans Policies Are Putting Men In Women’s Prisons And Kicking Christians Out Of Law…

Nathanael Blake

A lot of good cops are going to be pushed out over this, but at least criminals will be referred to by their preferred pronouns.

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The Federalist / June 2, 2022

Fear and trembling, as well as comfort, in reading the words of Jesus

Nathanael Blake

The Jesus of the Bible is not a laid-back dude saying, “You do you, man.” Rather, He tells us that we are in danger of Hell and insists that we follow Him to be saved.

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Catholic World Report / June 2, 2022

Why Mothers Have A Duty To Nourish Any Children Inside Their Wombs

Nathanael Blake

The flaws of an old hypothetical also illuminate the weakness of contemporary arguments for abortion grounded on claims of bodily autonomy.

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The Federalist / May 23, 2022

What’s Inside Abortion Supporters’ Illogical Resentment Against ‘Forced Birth’

Nathanael Blake

Liberal complaints about ‘forced birth’ demonstrate an anti-human ideology that poisons the self-giving of love.

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the Federalist / May 10, 2022

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