Monthly Archives: July 2016


by on July 29th, 2016

A new book sets out a system of “procreative ethics” based on the idea that life is not a gift but a risk. From this point of view, imposing that risk on someone requires serious justification.

by on July 28th, 2016

Only when we are willing to hold our own party to the same standards to which we hold the other party will we be able to improve our national politics.

by on July 27th, 2016

In the age of Clinton and Trump, we need the principles and ideals that animated America’s first president more than ever.

by on July 26th, 2016

By invoking the principles of the Declaration of Independence, Republicans can wholeheartedly embrace the ideas of integration, inclusion, and respect in a way that remains consistent with their commitments to morality, patriotism, and liberty.

by on July 24th, 2016

Dietrich von Hildebrand’s memoir of resistance against the Nazis compels us to wonder how we would have responded in the face of similar evils. Would we have the courage to speak the truth in love? Or would we sit back silently in fear?

by on July 22nd, 2016

Vote as if your ballot determines nothing whatsoever—except the shape of your own character.

by on July 21st, 2016

A humane civil society requires an ecosystem of religious freedom.

by on July 20th, 2016

As economic nationalism enjoys a resurgence across the developed world, Adam Smith reminds us of how much we stand to lose—and not just economically.

by on July 19th, 2016

If gender studies is to serve as a helpful guide, it must abandon its invented dualisms of sex and gender, nature and nurture, embodiment and social construction. Gender sociologists need to study the way human beings actually live rather than the way they wish we would live.

by on July 18th, 2016

Kim R. Holmes's new book interweaves abstract philosophy with history, empirical data, and concrete narrative.

by on July 15th, 2016

Though he certainly finds fault in distorted versions of Christian ideals, Shakespeare pays tribute to the truth, beauty, and goodness of genuine Christian virtue.

by on July 14th, 2016

If we ever hope to rid our country’s political discourse of the poison of identity politics, we must begin by rebuilding the psychological foundations of healthy identity formation in our children.

by on July 13th, 2016

Congress should pass the Conscience Protection Act to send a message to the entire nation that our freedom of speech and religious freedom are protected and valued.

by on July 12th, 2016

Who is willing—and able—to step up and be this candidate?

by on July 11th, 2016

Same-sex marriage is not the only option for gays and lesbians who seek the personal fulfillment and familial happiness that is the universal desire of the human heart.

by on July 8th, 2016

Amid public congratulations for “being true to himself,” a husband’s coming out leaves his wife and children in deep pain.

by on July 7th, 2016

The Governor and Attorney General of Texas should obey the law, not the Supreme Court’s ambiguous abstractions. They should continue to secure the fundamental liberty of vulnerable Texans and make the abortion industry assert its super-claim-rights in court.

by on July 6th, 2016

The Obama administration not only enforces but unilaterally expands some civil rights laws, such as when “sex” became “gender identity” in Title IX. Yet it promotes exceptions, loopholes, and countervailing arguments for other civil rights protections, such as conscience rights for those who oppose abortion.

by on July 5th, 2016

After it was accepted that criminalizing speech was a desirable way to produce better citizens, finding a stopping point has proven almost impossible. Although the US has the legal protections for freedom of speech that Europe lacks, a culture of censorship is emerging here as well.

by on July 4th, 2016

This Fourth of July, if you believe that the work we do improves the political discourse that is so vital to the preservation of our republic, won’t you make a gift to support the work of Public Discourse?

by on July 1st, 2016

There comes a time where gross disregard for human life and for our constitutional order should stir us from docile obedience and impel us to resistance.

In Depth: Editor's Picks: March 2018

Don't miss Public Discourse Editor Ryan T. Anderson's picks for the best articles we've published this quarter.

  • by Ryan T. Anderson on February 1, 2018

    The thinking of transgender activists is inherently confused and filled with internal contradictions. Activists never acknowledge those contradictions. Instead, they opportunistically rely on whichever claim is useful at any given moment.

  • by Korey D. Maas on February 21, 2018

    Contrary to the popular, tidy narrative repeated by Robert Reilly and others, neither Luther nor his colleagues and heirs “abandoned” natural law. Nor did they recast it in a voluntarist mold. They embraced and defended it along entirely traditional lines.

  • by Christopher Kaczor on February 22, 2018

    These abortion advocates stick their heads in the sand and demonstrate their ignorance of even the most basic facts of the pro-life position.

  • by Ryan T. Anderson on March 5, 2018

    Modern medicine can’t reassign sex physically, and attempting to do so doesn’t produce good outcomes psychosocially. Here is the evidence.

  • by Nathanael Blake on March 8, 2018

    It is fashionable to mock as bland and boring the ordinary men and women living out their married lives together, but they are often engaged in a quest far more challenging and romantic than anything the bohemian libertine will attempt.

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