The Trouble with Solidarity
Calls to unify the fractured Republican Party and reach out to disillusioned Trump voters will never succeed without a comprehensive vision for the future.
Dissent Will Not Be Tolerated: What the Case of a Wyoming Judge Means for All of Us
When judges are prohibited from speaking publicly about their most deeply held convictions, how long will it be before everyone is?
Restoring the Political-Moral Center
Politicians should return to the common-denominator universal ethical values embraced by Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
How To Overcome the War Within: Lessons from Adaptation, Oscar Wilde, and the Sages of the Talmud
Modern films, Victorian literature, and Jewish sages illustrate a religiously grounded, morally mature approach to the classic internal conflict identified by great thinkers from Plato to Freud.
Moral Truth and the Ethics of Voting: How Should I Vote?
Voting always requires a weighing of consequences. The paramount question for the conscientious voter in 2016 is, “Which outcome among the feasible alternatives will promote the greatest good or prevent the greatest harm?”
Salvaging the Vote: A Different Take on Political Action
High-principled conservatives who would abstain from voting this November rather than vote for Donald Trump embrace a faulty model of political action, which threatens to undermine the resistance to radical liberalism.
Principled Dissent vs. the Lesser Evil
In deciding how to vote this November, one should be guided both by political science and one’s conscience.
Banning Muslim Travel to the US? A Thomistic Perspective on Donald Trump’s Proposal
Is there a moral obligation for the US not to enact Donald Trump’s proposed ban on Muslim travel into the US?
What’s in the Games?
Our interest in the Olympic Games can teach us something about the goodness of playing, and watching, sports.
Donald Trump, the Declaration of Independence, and the GOP: A Response to Adam Seagrave
Voters will not respond favorably to a political party that offers them moral principles—especially principles rooted in the past—without also showing a real concern for their concrete interests.
Religious Liberty Crisis Averted in California
The war is far from over, but a recent battle in California shows that pluralism, religious liberty, and traditional values can be defended where there is a will to mobilize and resist.
What Opponents Can Learn from Assisted Suicide Advocates
A playbook exists for reversing the slide toward death on demand. It’s time to use Compassion & Choices’ tactics against it.
Republican Voters Are Not “Moving On” From Marriage
Rank and file Republican activists and voters revere marriage and will act to defend it. GOP candidates should understand that failing to defend marriage can come at a very high price.
Picking a Justice Who Can Resist the Lure of the Liberal Side: Recommendations to the Next Republican President
In evaluating potential nominees to the Supreme Court, Republican presidents should seriously consider state supreme court justices. Their independence gives a clearer indication of how they would behave if appointed to the high court.
Can the Pope Change Catholic Teaching?
Some people hope that Pope Francis will change the Church’s teaching on contraception. He won’t. He couldn’t even if he wanted to—as Church history and Scriptures show. Part two of two.
The Historic Christian Teaching Against Contraception: A Defense
The Catholic Church’s teaching on contraception, common to all Christian denominations for 1900 years, is not arbitrary. It reflects a moral truth. And the Catholic Church can never revise it. Part one of two.
Now Is the Time: Why We Must Refuse to Vote for the Lesser of Two Evils
Anyone who hopes to see a major shift among the major parties has to ask himself: when am I going to stop voting for them? If not during the year of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, then when?
Why Autonomy Cannot Explain Marriage and Family Life
Radical autonomy does not capture the webs into which we are born, our experiences of deep neediness and equally deep love, our embodied nature, our reaction to tragedies and unforeseen obstacles, or our response to our children once they arrive. Autonomy resists the dependence at the heart of loving relationships.
Homosexuality and Bad Arguments
Historically, the modern liberal position has lacked a robust philosophical argument in favor of homosexual activity. A new book by Chris Meyers attempts to provide one.
Reagan vs. Trump on the Constitution, Freedom, and Conservative Statesmanship
The conservative should not act the ideologue in order to attack the demagogue, because the simplistic thinking of the ideologue is just as hostile to true statesmanship as the angry passions of the demagogue.
Abortion as a Positive Good: How the Abortion Movement Echoes Radical Slavery Rhetoric
Like John C. Calhoun, who famously embraced slavery as a “positive good,” the abortion movement of 2016 has shifted from seeing abortion as a “necessary evil” to celebrating it as good for women and society.
President Obama’s Sex-Driven War on Science
President Obama has sacrificed the well-being of our nation’s youth on the altar of ideology.
Elevating Our Politics by Going to the Source: Carson Holloway’s Recovery of a Nobler Debate
A groundbreaking study of America’s first great political debate under our Constitution provides indispensable political education and guidance for our polarized and confused politics today.