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Politics & Law

The third pillar of a decent society is a just system of politics and law. Such a government does not bind all persons, families, institutions of civil society, and actors in the marketplace to itself as subservient features of an all-pervading authority. Instead, it honors and protects the inherent equal dignity of all persons, safeguards the family as the primary school of virtue, and seeks justice through the rule of law.

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A new book by Hadley Arkes draws attention to the contradictions and ambiguities of the republic’s jurisprudence.
Abortion law is usually seen as a matter of constitutional law. Is it time for that to change?
In his latest book, law professor David A. Strauss attacks the idea of originalism and champions the “living Constitution.” Matt Franck explains why he’s wrong.
Misleading talk of "separation of church and state" obscures the true meaning of the First Amendment.
It’s time for conservatives and liberals alike to remember that certain words by their very utterance inflict injury.
Faced with an increasingly democratic political system, American elites have turned to the courts as an alternate means of enacting their political and constitutional agenda.
A new book by Gabriel Schoenfeld examines the dangers and difficulties inherent in keeping state secrets.
Both realists and idealists should cast off cold neutrality and take up friendship’s warm embrace.
In an address delivered today before the Religion Newswriters Association, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Denver commended America's journalists of religion and challenged them to approach their important work with integrity, fairness, and humility.
It is natural and good to have loyalty and love for one’s own.
We shouldn’t worry about America becoming an empire—a new book explains that it has been one for a long, long time.
Attempts to promote judicial restraint have failed to rein in a judiciary run amok. Is it time to consider more drastic measures?
Americans must still wrestle with what it means to take the lives of innocent civilians intentionally.
In a series of recent cases, the Supreme Court’s conservative justices have abandoned judicial restraint.
The latest decision from our judicial overlords on same-sex marriage spells trouble for republican constitutionalism and the institution of marriage.
Our struggle to identify the sort of diversity that is conducive to a vibrant, participatory, and just society is primarily a political inquiry, not a constitutional one.
Kagan’s advocacy for a living constitution should kill her Supreme Court chances.
The recent actions of New Jersey governor Chris Christie have stirred up a political storm, but they are a reminder of the principles that underlie our politics.
Our failure to engage in substantive political debate can tempt us to write our opponents out of the political community.
Three issues—the right to secure borders, the moral costs of illegal immigration, and the virtues of generous neighborliness and forgiveness—must be clarified in order to address the problems of immigration reform.
We should prefer natural law thinking to utilitarianism -- here's why.
America’s abortion laws may inspire a dangerous provision in Kenya’s new constitution.
A political scientist explains why the concept of “strict scrutiny” is alien to the Constitution and why it poses a threat to a constitutionally defensible judicial review.
The Supreme Court’s bad ruling in the DC handgun case may soon undergo a drastic and very damaging expansion.

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