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: Islam and Immigration

Agree or disagree with Donald Trump's approach to Islamic immigration, the United States must come to terms with such immigration's cultural and demographic implications.


  • by Joseph G. Trabbic on February 9, 2017

    On Thomistic principles, Trump’s ban on Syrian refugees whose lives are in danger is not morally justifiable. Bans on other travelers and immigrants, however, are not as problematic.

  • by Robert Carle on February 21, 2017

    President Trump’s executive order on immigration is deeply troubling, because it inflicts suffering on “the least of these” for political gain. This demeans the office of the President and robs the United States of its moral high ground in the War on Terror.

  • by Joseph G. Trabbic on August 22, 2016

    Is there a moral obligation for the US not to enact Donald Trump’s proposed ban on Muslim travel into the US?

  • by Luma Simms on March 10, 2016

    Our nation faces an assimilation crisis as many Middle Eastern immigrants reject our culture, which they perceive as libertine. We could improve the situation through a renewed commitment to our founding principles, particularly the reunification of faith and reason.

  • by Robert Carle on October 29, 2015

    A best-selling new novel taps into an angst that has become an obsession in Europe.

  • by Luca Volontè on December 17, 2015

    Europe can only emerge from its downward spiral by putting religious faith and respect for history and tradition at the center of our communal and personal lives.


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