Welcome to “The Common Man,” the official newsletter of Michael Warren Davis—papist, philosophaster, poetaster, and potvaliant.

But you can call me Mike. I’m a writer because it’s too expensive being a peasant.

My ancestors came to Newburyport, Massachusetts, in 1637 aboard the Confidence. I was born in Newburyport 356 years later. We’re not budging.

I’m a very ordinary layman of the Church of Antioch—fully Catholic and fully Orthodox.

A few years ago I wrote a book called The Reactionary Mind. It’s about happiness, and how the modern world conspires to make us unhappy.

At the moment, I’m working on another book, After Christendom, on how Christians can survive the coming Dark Age.

I serve as a contributing editor for The American Conservative and hold the coveted position of Yankee correspondent for Hearth & Field.

This blog’s creed is taken from G. K. Chesterton:

Mysticism keeps men sane. As long as you have mystery you have health; when you destroy mystery you create morbidity. The ordinary man has always been sane because the ordinary man has always been a mystic. He has permitted the twilight. He has always had one foot in earth and the other in fairyland.

Thanks for being here. Peace and the Good!


“Part of the great tradition of intellectual crankery on the Right.” — Jonah Goldberg

“A provincial faux-sophisticated pretend-Traditionalist shlob.” — Rorate Caeli

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To sweeten the deal, every tenth annual subscriber will be given a free signed copy of The Reactionary Mind.


If you’d like to be in touch, please write to davismw[at]pm[dot]me

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