by on July 10th, 2018

Rumors of God’s death may have been greatly exaggerated, but the prevalence of a materialistic philosophy that cannot give an adequate account of human freedom and moral responsibility has put in jeopardy many of the core ideas at the base of our civilization. Without metaphysics we are left simply with physics, and physics is about power, leverage, and force.

by on July 25th, 2017

Sexually violent predator laws permit the indefinite confinement of persons who have already served a sentence for their crime. They are a perfect example of what C.S. Lewis called the humanitarian theory of punishment, replacing punishment and desert with treatment and therapy.

by on June 9th, 2017

It is often alleged that the American founders lacked a unified and coherent political theory. To the contrary, a recent book by Thomas West shows that the founders broadly agreed on a philosophy of natural rights, calling for both the protection of liberty and the promotion of virtue.

by on November 17th, 2016

Donald Trump’s election has made one thing clear: right-wing politics, conservatism, and the Republican Party are not interchangeable.

by on December 18th, 2015

The irony of Obama’s presidency, with its ambitious calls for “hope” and “change,” is that circumstances have assigned him the duty of presiding over the last days of the old regime. Our postwar political order, it seems, has sown the seeds of its own dissolution.

by on December 13th, 2013

In both Dred Scott and Roe, the justices of the Supreme Court had to decide what it means to be a person, whether human beings can be considered property, and what it means to be deprived of liberty. They got it wrong both times.

by on April 11th, 2013

A new documentary on late-term abortion providers shows us that the abortion debate is much more about why life is valuable than about when human life begins.

by on November 20th, 2012

Adam Freedman’s stark proposal in The Naked Constitution that we strip our founding document of its modern and academic glosses shows us that we need to take structural reforms to our Constitution seriously.

by on September 18th, 2012

Slavery was a great evil, but the Constitution was neither its source nor its guarantor.

by on August 13th, 2012

The recent Penn State scandal reminds us that if sports are to instill moral character, we must approach athletics first as an education in the virtues, not as an avenue to fame and wealth.

by on June 7th, 2012

The Founders’ nuanced views of religion and politics prevent us from reading modern concerns about the separation of church and state into their words.

by on March 23rd, 2012

An America without social conservatism would be stripped of its conservative enlightenment roots and go the way of Europe via entitlements and centralized economic regulation.

by on February 24th, 2012

Many expect that the Supreme Court will soon overturn the traditional marriage laws remaining on the books in forty-three states, a prospect that would have been unthinkable only a decade or two ago. What happened?

by on January 16th, 2012

Martin Luther King, Jr., espoused a worldview repugnant to many of those who now claim his legacy.

by on October 10th, 2011

An upcoming Supreme Court decision might give government, rather than religious organizations, the final say on who counts as a religious minister.

by on August 15th, 2011

Rick Perry’s prayer rally engendered accusations that he wrongly crossed the church-state divide. But great leaders in American history have long held that religion is a necessary basis for public morality.

by on January 24th, 2011

We are still reckoning with the legacy of Roe’s fraudulent jurisprudence.