The Rolling Revolution in Sex and Gender: A History
Radical feminist attempts to divorce identity from sex put in motion a rolling revolution in marriage and family life whose latest turn is toward transgender rights.
Do Involved Parents Subvert the American Dream?
The happiest, freest, and most prosperous future available to Americans might not be the most egalitarian.
Transgender Suicides: What to Do About Them
I have personally experienced gender dysphoria, and I explored transition in my early twenties. I am aware of the emotional struggle, but I am also aware of the empowering realization that I alone control how I perceive the world.
Understanding the Election: The How and the Why of 2016
Political scientists James W. Ceaser, Andrew E. Busch, and John J. Pitney, Jr., take a hard look at the 2016 election, adding another book to their series of insightful election analyses.
Sexually Violent Predator Laws and Indefinite Confinement: Insights from C.S. Lewis
Sexually violent predator laws permit the indefinite confinement of persons who have already served a sentence for their crime. They are a perfect example of what C.S. Lewis called the humanitarian theory of punishment, replacing punishment and desert with treatment and therapy.
Recovering America’s Vital Center: Between Religious Nationalism and Radical Secularism
The antidote to hyper-partisanship is a recovery of America’s tradition of civil religion. A new book by Philip Gorski takes up this difficult and subtle project.
Capitalism and the Quest for Community
Defenders of capitalism need a more humane anthropology, sensitive to man’s social and communal nature, lest they forget to ask the crucial question of what economics is for.
Why Premarital Sex Is Wrong
There is no way to make premarital sex promote the good of society or of the individuals involved. The world would be a better place if it never happened at all.
What Tocqueville Prescribes for Our Crazy American Souls
A new book by James Poulos reveals both the greatness and the limitations of Tocqueville.
Anencephalic Children and Zombies
Children with anencephaly are still human beings deserving of our respect. To appreciate why this is so, it is helpful to consider a thought experiment from science fiction.
Hiding from the Sun: Gender Ideology’s Attack on Truth
Gender ideology demands that everyone say of what is that it is not, and of what is not that it is. Lovers of truth must courageously resist this call to falsehood.
“Harmonious Household”: Homer’s Odyssey on the Breakdown of Marriage and Family
Although we tend to think of the Odyssey as a story of homecoming, it has just as much to say about the terrible cost of homewrecking. Homer’s ancient book offers a timely lesson for readers living in an age when so many forces are working to erode the institutions of marriage and the family.
The Sufis: Islam’s Anti-Terrorists
Westerners tend to think Islam’s recent trajectory is one of resurgent Wahhabi-inspired extremism, but growing numbers of Muslims are adopting Sufi practices that promote peace, hope, and harmony among religions.
Renouncing Fatalism: Trump and Tocqueville in Poland
Trump did well in Poland to eschew all talk of “the wrong side of history” and instead to emphasize the real power, for good and ill, that we have over our own destiny. By doing so he defended our dignity and upheld our humanity.
Closing the Meaning Gap: Toward a Reconciliation of Communitarianism and Libertarianism
Libertarian insights may be able to help communitarians close the meaning gap and build communities that matter.
Parental and Governmental Authority in Medical Decisions: The Tragic Case of Charlie Gard
By preventing Charlie Gard from receiving further medical treatment, the United Kingdom is exceeding its legitimate authority, and violating the right of Connie Yates and Chris Gard to make an intimate and important family decision about how best to care for their sick child.
The Urgency of Restoring the Biblical Values of America’s Founders
Our nation was founded on biblical principles as a haven for devoutly religious dissidents. We forget our Judeo-Christian origins and the founders’ commitment to freedom of religion at our peril.
Cakes and Consciences: The Case of Jack Phillips and Masterpiece Cakeshop
The Supreme Court recently agreed to hear the case of Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, who declined to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding reception. There is no need to coerce artists to employ their abilities in ways contrary to their religious beliefs.
The Patriotism We Need: Principled and Spirited
A timely book on the thought of Harry Jaffa and Walter Berns reminds us that patriotism needs to be about ideas and principles, but it cannot only be about ideas and principles. To win—and deserve to win—elections, conservatism must also inspire love of country and serve the immediate interests of the ordinary man.
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