About Carson Holloway

Carson Holloway is the author of The Way of Life: John Paul II and the Challenge of Liberal Modernity. In 2005-2006 he was William E. Simon Fellow in Religion and Public Life at Princeton University’s James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions.

by on August 12th, 2014

Confronted with its legislative weaknesses, defenders of Obamacare are appealing to the law’s intent instead of its text. This is a dangerous approach that the founders clearly rejected.

by on August 4th, 2014

Civility is due not to a person’s opinions, but to the person himself.

by on June 16th, 2014

The normalization of polygamy would undermine our commitment to human dignity—our sense that each human being is to be valued as an end in him- or herself, and not merely as a means to others’ ends.

by on May 15th, 2014

Conservatives must defend marriage for both principled and practical reasons. The Republican Party cannot surrender the cause of marriage without also surrendering the cause of life.

by on May 5th, 2014

When we make moral judgments, we implicitly and unavoidably acknowledge that there are objective standards of right and wrong to which we ought to conform our feelings and actions.

by on March 12th, 2014

Americans’ acceptance of President Obama’s lies reveals how dangerously comfortable we have become with dishonesty. It will take a profound renovation of our culture to restore truthfulness to its proper place and establish political freedom on a more secure foundation.

by on January 31st, 2014

The unchecked progress of sexual liberalism means that we cannot say what kind of moral culture our children will inhabit as adults or, accordingly, what kind of moral culture will form our grandchildren. No responsible person can support such a movement.

by on December 4th, 2013

Constitutional amendments requiring Congress to pass a balanced budget are unrealistic and doomed to fail. It would be more effective to combat deficit spending by requiring the president to submit a balanced budget.

by on November 26th, 2013

Strict separation of church and state would require us to throw out Thanksgiving as a religious holiday proclaimed by the president. Instead, we should embrace Thanksgiving and throw out strict separationism as a misguided interpretation of the Constitution.

by on November 8th, 2013

Conservatives need to refine their understanding and presentation of the moral substance of their cause, crafting a message that appeals to both reason and imagination.

by on September 24th, 2013

Our president’s assumption that he should punish Syria for a moral, but not legal, transgression undermines international law.

by on September 10th, 2013

The president and Congressional supporters of attacking Syria suggest by their actions a strong disregard for public opinion and self-government.

by on July 1st, 2013

Just as Lincoln rejected the Supreme Court’s reasoning in the Dred Scott decision, so too conservative leaders need to reject the Court’s faulty reasoning about DOMA. Anti-democratic judicial activism has become habitual only because our elected leaders have declined to respond to it with Lincoln’s clarity and firmness.

by on May 28th, 2013

The Boy Scouts’ new policy allowing openly gay members will fall to aggressive gay rights activists if not first to its own incoherence.

by on April 4th, 2013

The oral arguments on Proposition 8 at the Supreme Court suggest that there is very good reason to believe that the declaration of a “right” to same-sex marriage will set us on the path to polygamy.

by on March 18th, 2013

We cannot embrace same-sex marriage and live in continuity with our past as a civilization. To embrace it is to deny that tradition, revelation, reason, and nature have any authority over us.

by on January 29th, 2013

If the HHS mandate is enforced, our government may provoke a schism in the American Catholic Church and will reduce faithful Catholics to second-class citizenship.

by on December 21st, 2012

In the classic Christmas film “It’s a Wonderful Life,” the humane society of Bedford Falls is built on conservative principles, not contemporary liberal ones.

by on December 11th, 2012

A “Fantasy Slut League” created by high school boys in California suggests the reality of natural law even in those minds whose view of sexuality has been distorted by our culture.

by on October 15th, 2012

Charles Kesler’s new book shows that President Obama’s grandiose progressive ambitions, like those of his progressive predecessors, accord neither with the American character nor with human nature.

by on September 20th, 2012

Is inequality the cause of our worst social ills?

by on September 14th, 2012

Praise for Bill Clinton’s recent address at the Democratic National Convention overlooks the fact that his promiscuity and perjury as president make his presence there a scandal.

by on September 4th, 2012

Though many liberals are eager to denounce regulations of the right to vote as “voter suppression,” requiring citizens to show that they can cast a properly-informed ballot ensures that the right to vote, like other rights, is exercised prudently.

by on July 11th, 2012

The Supreme Court should be an apolitical institution dedicated to enforcing the minimal and clear requirements of the Constitution.

by on June 6th, 2012

Machiavelli’s advice to princes holds important lessons for Mitt Romney if he is elected president.

by on May 31st, 2012

Birtherism survives as an unreasonable surrogate for the public discussion that the left has stifled.

by on May 22nd, 2012

Liberals and conservatives alike often complain hypocritically about judicial activism. If we are to avoid letting judicial activism become rule in favor of whatever causes justices approve, then we should make the presumption of constitutionality a basic principle of judicial review.

by on May 14th, 2012

Given the legal principles involved in recognizing same-sex relationships as marriages, it’s hard to see any coherence in President Obama’s statement.

by on April 24th, 2012

Libertarians and conservatives should not allow their differences to impede political cooperation against the common adversary: egalitarian liberalism.

by on April 16th, 2012

The Occupy Movement should be an occasion for the American left to rethink its own moral crusades, which turn out to be morally corrosive and hence incompatible with any serious commitment to social justice.

by and on March 30th, 2012

The negative side-effects of contraception are often ignored in our public discourse, but a truly free decision to use or not use them—and whether to use government to promote them—depends on a frank acknowledgement of their costs along with their alleged benefits.

by on March 12th, 2012

Morally responsible, prudent voting seeks to defend the common good to the extent realistically possible, even if that means only preventing further damage to an already highly degraded culture.

by on February 16th, 2012

If marriage is to be preserved in the present struggle, our task is to sort through the influential kinds of arguments about same-sex marriage and abortion that have been introduced by Justice Kennedy.

by on December 14th, 2011

Though racial and religious profiling offends our better feelings, it is nevertheless constitutional.

by on November 17th, 2011

The Supreme Court has helped to foster a culture that encourages the sexual exploitation of children.

by on October 31st, 2011

A recent appellate court ruling in favor of a Westboro Baptist protester shows the decline of judicial ability to protect decency standards for public discourse.

by on August 8th, 2011

The balanced budget amendment would rob the federal government of an essential power.

by on August 1st, 2011

The attempts by both the right and the left to politicize our Constitution must be firmly rejected for the sake of our nation’s health and prosperity.

by on June 1st, 2011

Public recognition of unions contrary to human flourishing will hurt, not help, the happiness of those who participate in them.

by on March 16th, 2011

America has an obligation to look after its own interests.

by on February 22nd, 2011

What exceptionless moral norms are we willing to discard for the sake of a good cause?

by on December 22nd, 2010

Though Christmas is a religious holiday, secularists should appreciate its great contribution to Western Civilization: the lesson that all men are equal in their fundamental human dignity.

by on December 1st, 2010

Laws regulating immigration are analogous to those requiring the payment of taxes or the licensing of physicians. Granting amnesty to illegal immigrants is not in itself unjust, but it may be imprudent.

by on November 8th, 2010

To stimulate job creation, Democrats favor government spending and Republicans favor tax cuts, but is there a more direct way?

by on September 29th, 2010

Both realists and idealists should cast off cold neutrality and take up friendship’s warm embrace.

by on September 17th, 2010

Liberal intolerance is rooted in a secular disregard for the dignity of individuals, coupled with the veneration of Progress and the belief that liberal ideologies can’t win in public debate.

by on September 3rd, 2010

It is natural and good to have loyalty and love for one’s own.

by on August 10th, 2010

Attempts to promote judicial restraint have failed to rein in a judiciary run amok. Is it time to consider more drastic measures?

by on July 2nd, 2010

Kagan’s advocacy for a living constitution should kill her Supreme Court chances.

by on June 1st, 2010

Our failure to engage in substantive political debate can tempt us to write our opponents out of the political community.