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by on September 19th, 2017

There is no distinctive Catholic political philosophy today, and Robert Reilly’s call to man the battlements of classical liberalism is an attempt to short-circuit the possibility of a real revival of Catholic political thought in America.

by on September 18th, 2017

Two new studies use a small amount of old data to try to undermine the idea that it is abusive or damaging for adults to have sex with minors. Disturbingly, no one seems to be challenging this conclusion.

by on September 15th, 2017

The reasons for Richard’s demise constitute a warning about a deadly Machiavellian madness to which contemporary society is highly susceptible.

by on September 14th, 2017

Drawing on the wisdom of the neocons might point us towards a harder, but ultimately more fruitful, approach to our current political problems.

by on September 13th, 2017

We must act now to protect unborn children not just at home, but around the world.

by on September 12th, 2017

All governments must collect taxes, punish criminals, enforce building codes, and license certain professions. The real debate is over how the administrative state acts and under what powers. What would a constitutional administrative state look like today?

by and on September 11th, 2017

The contagion of assisted suicide, once the command “Thou shalt not kill” is set aside, quickly spreads elsewhere. True compassion does not abandon people at their most vulnerable.

by on September 8th, 2017

Americans increasingly identify with our consumption. When combined with political tribalism, the result is the increasing refusal to do business with members of other political or cultural groups. In the end, an identity based on consumption will only consume itself.

by on September 7th, 2017

Michael Cromartie created something—a web of people with a distinctive light infusing their work and relationships—that will persist long after his death.

by on September 6th, 2017

The AMA’s Code of Medical Ethics is a cautionary tale of what happens when medical ethics are grounded in social policy and personal intuitions rather than timeless, universal, and immutable moral truths.

by on September 5th, 2017

Labor Day gives us an important opportunity to reflect not only on the meaning of our work but also on how we choose to spend our leisure time.

by on September 1st, 2017

Public Discourse offers readers the opportunity to deepen and broaden their educations, applying solid philosophical principles to the problems that plague our politics and culture.

by on August 31st, 2017

A new children’s book provides a way to introduce children to Christian-Muslim relations by celebrating robust and full religious expression in a diverse society.

by on August 29th, 2017

If we approach it correctly, travel can help us to see the beauty of other cultures and ways of life without denigrating either the primacy of truth or one’s own native country.

by on August 29th, 2017

Many of our schools are breeding grounds for cynicism. Schools need to be “thick” institutions that tutor students’ deep human needs of happiness, friendship, approval, and rootedness.

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