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Demands for Freedom

From Web Exclusives

Roman Polanski was arrested for the decades-old rape of a child”and a bunch of Hollywood types defended him. Old news, at this point. But the interesting thing about the case is not that some people defended him but how quickly the tide turned against his defenders. The most leftist magazines and websites in America, which had once published pieces in praise of child sex, were among the most relentless at hammering Polanski… . Continue Reading »

Four More to the First Things Family

From Web Exclusives

As we promised earlier this week, First Things is continuing to expand our range of content offerings. Today, we are adding two more new features: Spengler and The Anchoress . For the past few years our new associate editor David P. Goldman has been writing popular weekly columns for the Asia Times . . . . Continue Reading »

Of Icons and PomoCons

From Web Exclusives

In the latest edition of First Things , editor Joseph Bottum discusses the future of the magazine and hints at the changes to come . Along with a revamped and redesigned website, we will be adding a range of new content offerings. Today, we are pleased to announce the first of these new features . . . . Continue Reading »

The May Issue Has Arrived

From Web Exclusives

The new issue¯ First Things ’ contribution to the Spring¯has arrived at last: the first hints of new growth since the cold winter came upon us. More than hints, perhaps, for it is, in its way, as strong an issue as the magazine has ever published.There’s a new poem, for instance, . . . . Continue Reading »

The Marriage Amendment

From the October 2003 Print Edition

Marriage in the United States shall consist only of the union of a man and a woman. Neither this Constitution or the constitution of any state, nor state or federal law, shall be construed to require that marital status or the legal incidents thereof be conferred on unmarried couples or groups. . . . . Continue Reading »

In a Time of War

From the December 2001 Print Edition

This is war. Call it a sustained battle or campaign, if you will, but the relevant moral term is war. It is not, as some claim, a metaphorical war. Metaphorical airplanes flown by metaphorical hijackers did not crash into metaphorical buildings leaving thousands of metaphorical corpses. This is not . . . . Continue Reading »