He Threw It All Away

From Web Exclusives

In the early 1970s, Lutheran pastor Richard John Neuhaus was poised to become the nation’s next great liberal public intellectual¯the Reinhold Niebuhr of his generation. He had going for him everything he needed to be not merely accepted but lionized by the liberal establishment. First, of . . . . Continue Reading »

Making Business Moral

From the October 2008 Print Edition

Business is a calling, even a vocation. It is, to be sure, a way of making a living, sometimes a very good living indeed, but it is also a way of serving. In these dimensions it is like law, medicine, and the other learned professions. And the great schools of business are like the great law and . . . . Continue Reading »

Law and Moral Purpose

From the January 2008 Print Edition

The obligations and purposes of law and government are to protect public health, safety, and morals, and to advance the general welfare”including, preeminently, protecting people’s fundamental rights and basic liberties. At first blush, this classic formulation (or combination of . . . . Continue Reading »

An Unrequited Letter to Anne Rice

From First Thoughts

Dear Ms. Rice: I am a professor of the philosophy of law at Princeton, and someone who enjoyed your fine book Out of Egypt. I have read your endorsement of Senator Clinton and your reasoning as to why you support her despite your pro-life convictions. I am a former Democrat who left the party . . . . Continue Reading »

George: No Tired Meme

From Web Exclusives

Over at the Mirror of Justice website, law professor Eduardo Peñalver keeps reasserting his arguments for why Catholics and other pro-lifers can and should support Democrats¯even those who uphold abortion. But Professor Peñalver’s arguments do not improve with age or . . . . Continue Reading »

George: Reply to Garnett

From Web Exclusives

Mirror of Justice , a website for Catholic law professors, has been the forum for some exceptionally thoughtful debates about the implications of Catholic social thought for questions of law and public policy. One question that has been explored in a sustained way since the 2004 presidential . . . . Continue Reading »