Is Conscience Partisan? A Look at the Clinton, Moynihan, and Kennedy Records
When did respect for conscience rights, once a bipartisan consensus, become a “Republican war on women”?
Addressing the Needs of Expectant Mothers: A Reply to Rafie & Winsor
National Down syndrome organizations should partner with medical organizations and testing laboratories that develop and profit from prenatal testing even while they fight for their accountability.
Successful Advocacy Begins in the Womb: A Reply to Mark Leach
If advocacy efforts surrounding prenatal diagnosis focus only on the goal of informed decision-making, and the majority of even well-informed parents still decide to terminate, can we really deem that advocacy successful?
Beyond Conservatism and Libertarianism
Despite their disagreements, conservatives and libertarians often agree on many things. Resolving their differences, however, means rejecting philosophical skepticism and taking right reason seriously.
Should Libertarians Be Conservatives?: The Tough Cases of Abortion and Marriage
The libertarian commitment to free markets and limited government is best preserved within a broader conservative context.
Libertarianism, Conservatism, and Egalitarianism
Libertarians and conservatives should not allow their differences to impede political cooperation against the common adversary: egalitarian liberalism.
The Unprecedented, Extraordinary, Anti-democratic, Activist Power of Judicial Review
President Obama’s recent quips about “judicial activism” do not amount to arguments. They are shallow sloganeering.
The Battle Against Nature’s Sexism
In her memoir, long-time abortionist Merle Hoffman wages a war against nature’s decree that only women can keep the human race going by bearing children.
Has the Supreme Court rediscovered the institution of property? In a recent unanimous affirmation of property owners’ rights, the Court gives us reason to hope.
Is the Natural Law Persuasive?
One can neither deny nor question the natural law’s persuasiveness except by asking questions, conducting inquiries, achieving understandings, reaching judgments, and making choices—all of which are the natural law at work.
Protecting Unborn Children from Pain
All citizens should support Pain-Capable Child Protection Acts because the unborn can feel pain prior to birth, and laws protecting them from pain are constitutional.
The Occupy Movement’s Vacuous Critique of Inequality
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.
The Sperm of Sea Urchins and the Directedness of Natural Processes
Nature exhibits finality and purpose in its various activities, and chance is not, indeed cannot be, an explanation for this activity.
Libertarianism: Not So Wrong, After All! A Reply to Nathan Schlueter
Libertarianism offers the best defense of individual rights that government can employ.
The Libertarian Double-Face and the Case for Conservatism: A Reply to Wenzel
Conservatives value individual liberty as much as libertarians, but they deny that freedom from coercion is the only form of liberty.
Pepsi, Proxies, and Pro-Life Respect for the Rule of (Corporate) Law
Social activists opposed to the use of HEK-293—a kidney cell line derived from an aborted baby—in PepsiCo products should not respond with shareholder activism, because it wreaks political and economic havoc.
Confusion About Discrimination
Not all discrimination is wrong. While the government should regulate some forms of wrongful discrimination, other forms of discrimination lie beyond the purview of the state.
Privatizing Marriage Is Unjust to Children
The primary business of the state is justice. Because children cannot be autonomous, adult society has an obligation in justice to provide institutional structures that protect their most basic interests.
Privatizing Marriage Will Expand the Role of the State
Libertarians are being taken in by rhetoric that sounds libertarian but, in fact, will lead to a dramatic shift in the balance of power between the state and civil society, indeed between the state and the natural order itself.
Privatizing Marriage Is Impossible
We cannot escape the fact that marriage is an intrinsically public institution. We can’t avoid making collective decisions about its meaning and purpose. If we don’t do it explicitly, we will end up doing it implicitly.