Protectionism and a Universal Basic Income Won’t Solve Our Economic Problems
For both economic and spiritual reasons, a basic income guarantee isn’t the solution to widespread unemployment due to new technology.
Trump, Hamilton, and Pro-Choice Dog Parades
Even the deepest hypocrisies can’t change the fact that we are designed for love.
Can Same-Sex Marriage Really Reduce Teen Suicide?
The legalization of same-sex marriage may be associated with a short-term emotional bump for youth who identify as sexual minorities, but it is not a robust, long-term panacea for the emotional struggles of teenagers.
Remembering Jane Roe and Mary Doe: The Courage of Norma McCorvey and Sandra Cano
The shameful and irrational desire on the part of the Courts to reach decisions in Roe and Doe with no evidence—and without even knowing if the women in whose names the cases were brought actually wanted abortions—was later exposed by the courage of these two women.
The Catholic Church in De Facto Schism: What’s to Be Done?
Knowing that the episcopate is divided on de fide doctrines of morality, Pope Francis needs to lead his brother bishops to face frankly this crisis in the Church and to resolve firmly to overcome it. Meanwhile, lay Catholics should not allow distress over the present situation to shake their faith in Jesus’s promise to preserve the Church from damnable error.
Are Refugees Dangerous?
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.
Michael Novak: Catholic, American Patriot, and Lover of Liberty
The life and work of Michael Novak was a witness to Christian faith and the promise of America.
Reclaiming Hope—and Intellectual Honesty: A Christian’s Insider View of the Obama Administration
Reclaiming Hope is an excellent book that deserves a wide reading, especially by rising activists and statesmen seeking to find ways to make their faith relevant in an increasingly post-Christian world.
The Kids Aren’t All Right: What the Gender-Identity Revolution Has in Common with 1960s’ Drug Culture
The LSD consciousness-expansion movement of the late sixties and today’s gender-identity fixation are both counterfeit revolutions. The two might initially appear very different, but they share similar intellectual assumptions and make analogous mistakes.
Identity Studies in Service of a Classical Education
A classical education should help students to see how their many identities can and should be integrated according to right reason so that they can develop those life-giving friendships necessary for a full and fulfilling life, most importantly, of course, their friendship with God.
How to Think About Discrimination: Race, Sex, and SOGI
Sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) antidiscrimination laws are unjustified, but if other policies are adopted to address the mistreatment of people who identify as LGBT, they must leave people free to engage in legitimate actions based on the conviction that we are created male and female and that male and female are created for each other.
Abortion Widens the Gender Gap and Exploits Women
The “women’s rights” argument for abortion ubiquitous in modern Western culture reframes the act of abortion as a means to women’s freedom. Yet, historically, abortion has been and continues to be a reflection of male dominance.
After the Exile: Poetry and the Death of Culture
We are a people now illiterate in a way that is unprecedented for the human race. We can decipher linguistic signs on a page, but we have no songs and immemorial stories in our hearts.
Trumpism, Terrorism, and Thomism
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.
Lasting reform of our monetary systems require serious rethinking of the state’s role vis-à-vis money.
Legal Fictions Matter: A Reply to S. Adam Seagrave
Capitalism enables equalities of participation that would not otherwise be possible, even as it facilitates inequalities of wealth.
The Counterfeit Money of Our Casino Economy
There will always be economic inequalities and problems in our country and in the world. In a real economy with real money, though, at least these would be closer to real inequalities and real problems.
The Death of Unconditional Love
When unconditional love is missing, self-centeredness expands, and sin rushes in to fill the void.
(Natural) Law Matters
A new book demonstrates both the promise and the limitations of natural law by examining the great European-civilian and Anglo-American legal traditions in which it plays a foundational role.
Swastikas and Safety Pins: The Grim Heritage of Identity Politics
A war of every group against every other is the sine qua non of identity politics. The peacefulness of classical liberalism is rejected root and branch, for war is the goal.