Justice and Income Inequality

From First Thoughts

This article makes the case that addressing income inequality is the (perhaps not so) hidden heart of President Obama’s agenda. What it doesn’t explain is what his arguments for greater equality in our income distribution are. In the history of political philosophy, there are at . . . . Continue Reading »

Happy Thanksgiving!

From First Thoughts

This is a complicated national holiday with religious overtones, though they’re all too easily forgotten and are increasingly swallowed by the commercialization of Christmas, which is (of course) increasingly swallowed—if not altogether obliterated—by its own commercialization. . . . . Continue Reading »

Hobby Lobby Loses Round One

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Here’s the federal district judge’s ruling in Hobby Lobby’s suit against the HHS mandate. Non-religious corporations don’t have religious liberty under the First Amendment and aren’t persons protected by the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The . . . . Continue Reading »

Marco Rubio and Science

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Florida Senator Marco Rubio has attracted a lot of unwelcome attention by equivocating in response to a question regarding the age of the earth: I’m not a scientist, man. I can tell you what recorded history says, I can tell you what the Bible says, but I think that’s a dispute amongst . . . . Continue Reading »

Compassionate Conservatism 2.0

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In their very different ways, Michael Gerson and Jonah Goldberg ask us to contemplate going back to the future. Both suggest that perhaps the much-maligned George W. Bush was onto something when he asked us to think a little differently about the relationship between government and civil society. . . . . Continue Reading »

Pauline Kael as a College Republican

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Legendary film critic Pauline Kael is once said to have remarked that she didn’t understand how Richard Nixon was elected President. No one she knew—and her circle of acquaintances all lived east of the Hudson River—had voted for him. Here comes Sarah Westwood , a . . . . Continue Reading »

Center-Right or Center-Left?

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Some commentators—both conservative and liberal (or, I guess, “progressive”)—have suggested that this election hammers some nails in the coffin of the long-standing notion—a bedtime story we conservatives like to tell ourselves?—that America is a center-right . . . . Continue Reading »