John Fonte

About John Fonte

John Fonte is a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute and author of Sovereignty or Submission: Will Americans Rule Themselves or be Ruled by Others? (Encounter Books) winner of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI) book award for 2012.

Who Makes the ‘Rules’ in a ‘Rules-Based’ Liberal Global Order?

The forces promoting global governance represent a serious actor, driver, or player in world politics. Transnationalism or globalism has an ideology and a social-material base. And, crucially, it has a strong American connection. The ideology is utopian, the age-old dream of worldwide peace and prosperity under a benevolent global regime. Further, the globalist project is

By | 2019-08-13T09:30:05-07:00 August 12th, 2019|Tags: |

A Transformation of the American Regime?

Almost all observers agree that America is profoundly divided. This intense polarization has been described by the Claremont Institute’s Angelo Codevilla as a “cold civil war.” What is it all about? First and foremost, this conflict is between those who unhesitatingly love America, its history, culture, principles, and people and those who believe

By | 2019-07-15T09:55:49-07:00 July 14th, 2019|

Making Immigration Great Again

In 1794 president George Washington wrote to Vice President John Adams on the necessity of assimilating immigrants to the new American republic’s way of life. Presciently, Washington lamented the prospect of immigrant ghettos and, as Americans would say two centuries later, multiculturalism. Settling immigrants “in a body,” Washington wrote, meant that “they retain

By | 2019-07-31T14:37:36-07:00 May 26th, 2019|

The Virtues of Patriotism

The elections to the European Parliament underway now through Sunday present a major war of ideas between the “Europe of Nations” and the “Europe of Brussels”—between national democratic sovereignty and supranational authority. On May 13, I participated in a conference in London organized by the White House Writers Group and attended by leading

By | 2019-05-24T21:13:02-07:00 May 23rd, 2019|

Democratic Self-Government or Mass Migration?

Editor’s Note: The following is drawn from remarks delivered in late March at the Mathias Covinus Collegium International Conference on Migration in Budapest, Hungary. If migration is the biggest challenge of our time, the key question is who will make the decisions regarding this challenge? There are three possibilities: supranational institutions (let’s call

By | 2019-04-18T17:24:15-07:00 April 18th, 2019|

The ‘Trump Doctrine’ Is the Future of Conservative Foreign Policy

For the past two years we have seen the emergence of a coherent Trump doctrine in both words and deeds. Weekend Long Read There is a remarkable consistency throughout all of President Trump’s speeches, formal documents (such as the National Security Strategy) and actions of the administration. To understand the Trump doctrine, we

By | 2018-12-17T13:59:11-07:00 December 14th, 2018|

Trump Explains Sovereignty and Ronald Radosh Loses It

My old friend Ronald Radosh, writing in the Daily Beast about President Trump’s recent United Nations speech, notes, “there was a critical word tucked into Donald Trump’s U.N. speech . . . that word is sovereignty and we should all understand what the president means when he invokes it.”I agree, let us understand what

By | 2018-10-26T00:00:24-07:00 October 26th, 2018|

Trump and Bolton Take On the International Criminal Court

Twenty years ago—the night of July 17-18, 1998 at the United Nations conference in Rome establishing the International Criminal Court (ICC), to be exact—an American amendment to restrict the role of this new supranational global court had just been overwhelmingly defeated. An observer remarked, “the delegates burst into a spontaneous standing ovation which

By | 2018-09-17T22:47:21-07:00 September 18th, 2018|

One Nation

Editor’s note: This essay appears in the Spring 2018 issue of the Claremont Review of Books. Reprinted by kind permission of the Claremont Institute.  In 1993 the president of the American Society for International Law called for a “campaign to extirpate the term [‘sovereignty’] and forbid its use in polite political and intellectual company.” Such a proscription

By | 2018-05-25T11:55:49-07:00 May 25th, 2018|

Trump Enforces Immigration Law

Americans could view immigration policy three ways: Through the lens of a citizen, a client, or a consumer. First, there is the small r-republican view of immigration through the lens of citizenship. Second, there is the progressive view of immigration which passes through the lens of identity politics. What matters is not an

By | 2018-02-28T14:38:08-07:00 February 28th, 2018|

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