“The Flight 93 Election” galvanized many voters in 2016 by spotlighting the stakes ahead in November and reproaching complacent elements on the right. It also drew disparagement from many who judged it too apocalyptic in its assessment of the options facing the electorate.
Michael Anton addressed the main criticisms of his provocative essay soon afterward in a “Restatement on Flight 93.” A new criticism emerged later on: that he had painted a dire scenario to be averted, but no positive vision.
Here, Anton presents the positive ideal that inspired him—a distillation of his thinking on Americanism, refined over decades. He lays out the foundational principles of the American tradition, examines the biggest threats to its survival, and underscores the necessity of continuing to defend it.
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