Monthly Archives: April 2017


 

by on April 28th, 2017

A newly published translation of “the Italian Russell Kirk” offers important insights into the philosophical roots of our culture’s nihilistic impulses—and how we might fix them.

by on April 27th, 2017

The problem with basing a diagnosis and irreversible treatment on people’s feelings, no matter how deeply felt, is that feelings can change.

by on April 26th, 2017

Abraham Flexner, founder of the Institute for Advanced Study, has much to teach modern researchers—not only about seeking knowledge for its own sake, but also about effective fundraising and private philanthropy.

by on April 25th, 2017

The more you minimize the value of humanity itself, the less you will be capable of understanding our fundamental rights, the meaning of our bodies, and the gift of sexuality.

by on April 24th, 2017

Commercial surrogacy is the ultimate manifestation of the American neoliberal project of capitalist commodification of human life to create profit and fulfill the narcissistic desires of an entitled elite.

by on April 21st, 2017

Although The Federalist is indeed a historical document that emerged from and was directed to a particular time period with particular concerns, historical sensitivity itself should also lead one to view The Federalist as something more than this. Adapted from the introduction to The Accessible Federalist.

by on April 20th, 2017

Kevin Vallier’s recent book is a rich and rewarding attempt to reconcile people of faith with public reason liberalism.

by on April 19th, 2017

One’s sexual orientation is supposed to be locked in and unchangeable, like sex, race, or ethnicity. But high pregnancy rates among lesbians confound that narrative.

by on April 18th, 2017

All children are equally valuable. Their bodies are equally deserving of protection, regardless of their religious status.

by on April 17th, 2017

When we think of Jesus as providing a model for behavior for the religious, private, or civic realm but not for politics and government, we adopt a fragmentation utterly foreign to the New Testament.

by on April 13th, 2017

Witherspoon and Madison’s Calvinist theology and political philosophy imparted a firm belief that self-interest could be harnessed, ambition checked, and power balanced within government so that liberty and the common good were made secure.

by on April 12th, 2017

Archbishop Chaput has produced an able and perceptive response to some of the most urgent questions besetting American Catholics today.

by on April 11th, 2017

In his new book, Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks argues that the solution for religious violence must come from religion itself.

by on April 10th, 2017

The easiest test of a work’s true power is to ask whether or not it pulls us into the wardrobe and propels us out of the cave. If an author has inspired us to vacuum the carpets, wash the windows, or buy the groceries with brighter smiles on our faces, then he has done something truly wonderful.

by on April 7th, 2017

Bellevue reflects the worst and the best not just of its disadvantaged patients, its physicians, and its students, but of the American democratic project.

by on April 6th, 2017

Libertarians may miss certain cultural nuances that traditionalists are able to see, but the reverse is also true. In this moment of political transition, we should be grateful for minds that turn endlessly on the government-skeptical spit.

by on April 5th, 2017

Contemporary legalism downplays, ignores, and occasionally denigrates the “rules” of morality in favor of mercy, accompaniment, and integration, because it fails to see that there is an essential and constitutive relationship between morality and human flourishing.

by on April 4th, 2017

The framers deliberately designed a strong presidency with the power to wage war with energy, secrecy, and dispatch. Impeachment, in turn, was designed to be a formidable congressional check on the formidable powers of the president—power counteracting power, ambition checking ambition.

by on April 3rd, 2017

The framers deliberately gave the president independence, unity, and vast powers. This is only a problem if the office is badly filled.

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