John M. Vella

John M. Vella is an acquisitions editor at Sophia Institute Press and Crisis Publications. He previously served as editor of Crisis Magazine and managing editor of Modern Age: A Quarterly Review. He earned his Master's in History from Villanova in 2010.

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  • Giving Up on the Suburbs
    August 2021

    Giving Up on the Suburbs

    The Republican Party’s timid suburban leadership fails to represent its growing working-class base.

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  • Sir Roger Scruton: Britain's Culture Warrior
    March 2020

    Sir Roger Scruton: Britain's Culture Warrior

    I first heard Roger Scruton speak at the 1993 regional Philadelphia Society meeting in Dearborn, Michigan, organized to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Russell Kirk’s The Conservative Mind. Scruton spoke on the topic of “The Conservative Mind Abroad” in a soft but authoritative voice that gently drew and kept the listener’s attention. However, his professorial demeanor never got in the way of making a forceful point. This was demonstrated in 1997 at a debate in London sponsored by the Edmund Burke Society. I was invited to attend the bicentennial celebration of Burke’s death and the festivities included a debate over his continued relevance.

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  • Maistre in the Dock
    October 2012

    Maistre in the Dock

    In September 2010, Émile Perreau-Saussine, age 37, was rushed to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, U.K., with chest pains. The junior physician on staff misdiagnosed his condition and thus failed to prevent his death hours later of a massive heart attack.

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  • November 2010

    O'Donnellmania

    The upset defeat of long-time congressman and former governor Mike Castle by Christine O’Donnell in the Delaware Republican senatorial primary on September 14 revealed more about the frustrations of conservative voters with the GOP establishment than about the strengths of a long-shot Tea Party candidate.

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  • Remaking Conservatism
    February 2010

    Remaking Conservatism

    Charles Kesler, in an otherwise unremarkable essay in the Claremont Review of Books (Summer 2009), argues that an effective response to the challenges of modern liberalism requires a revolution within conservatism.

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