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David Koyzis is the author of the award-winning Political Visions and Illusions (2003), which recently came out in a Brazilian edition, Visões e Ilusões Politicas, and of We Answer to Another: Authority, Office, and the Image of God (2014). He teaches politics and humanities at Redeemer University College in Canada.en-usCopyright 2016 First Things. All Rights Reserved.email@example.com (The Editors)firstname.lastname@example.org (The Editors)Thu, 27 Oct 2016 12:50:32 -0400https://s3.amazonaws.com/first-things-resources/uploads/user_55e4995e946d5.jpgDavid T. Koyzis Image
60The Perils of De-industrializationhttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2016/10/the-perils-of-de-industrialization
Tue, 11 Oct 2016 10:40:00 -email@example.com (David T. Koyzis)One summer in her youth my mother worked at the Willow Run factory in suburban Detroit where the short-lived
automobiles were manufactured. The plant had been constructed, just ahead of America’s entry into the Second World War, for the production of B-24 Liberator bombers, which began rolling off the assembly line in 1941. A month after Japan’s destruction of the US naval fleet at Pearl Harbor, President Franklin Roosevelt established the Wartime Production Board to supervise the conversion of the country’s industrial might from civilian to military purposes. This adaptation was crucial to the Allies’ victory over Nazi Germany and imperial Japan.
The Impossibility of Equal Concernhttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2016/07/the-impossibility-of-equal-concern
Wed, 20 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -firstname.lastname@example.org (David T. Koyzis)In recent months, terrorist attacks in different parts of the world have left scores of people dead and injured. Attacks have occurred in Paris, Beirut, Brussels, Orlando, Istanbul, Baghdad, and now Nice. After each of these episodes, North Americans are moved to express solidarity with the victims. On Facebook, such expressions generally consist of overlaying one’s profile picture with the colors of the French flag or posting a meme proclaiming “Je Suis Charlie” or something similar. Alternatively, we link to stories about the tragedy for friends and family to read.
]]>Unity and Independencehttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2016/06/unity-and-independence
Tue, 28 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -email@example.com (David T. Koyzis)In the aftermath of last week's vote in Great Britain to leave the European Union,
has published a few posts supporting the narrow decision of the British people. There is undoubtedly something satisfying in seeing ordinary people stand up to progressive élites overly attached to their cosmopolitan dreams. Yet I would like to register a qualified dissent on the issue. Yes, E.U. institutions are hampered by the so-called democratic deficit, and many Europeans can be forgiven for thinking that “eurocrats” in Brussels do not have their best interests at heart. Because their own domestic political institutions seem more evidently responsive to their interests, they are willing to use them to assert their national particularities against an abstract universalism threatening the imposition of an artificial homogeneity.
]]>The End of Democracy?https://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2016/03/the-end-of-democracy
Tue, 08 Mar 2016 00:00:00 -firstname.lastname@example.org (David T. Koyzis)Two decades ago
published a controversial symposium under the general title, “
The End of Democracy? The Judicial Usurpation of Politics
.” Debate over the role of the courts in public life has only intensified since the symposium's appearance. Now, however, it may be that another, more subtle threat is coming from outside the formal institutions of government. This threat has the potential to alter negatively the culture that until recently has supported these institutions. Since following the crowd and joining Facebook nine years ago, I am increasingly convinced that social media sites are having a similar detrimental effect on democratic institutions.
]]>The Right Side of Historyhttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2016/01/the-right-side-of-history
Tue, 12 Jan 2016 00:00:00 -email@example.com (David T. Koyzis) In this election year many of us find ourselves disappointed with the deteriorating tone of political debate in the United States. The Donald Trump phenomenon is only the most obvious indicator that all is far from well. Yet even on the “progressive” side we see an effort to belittle those who express opinions deemed to be “on the wrong side of history,” the assumption being that Americans—and perhaps the world—are caught up in larger historical forces moving in a single direction evident to all. However, Daniel K. Williams' new book,
Defenders of the Unborn: The Pro-Life Movement before Roe v. Wade
, complicates this picture by showing the extent to which the movement to limit abortion was once regarded as genuinely progressive. Reviewing the book for
The New York Times
, Kristin Dombek paints this surprising portrait of a vanished world of two generations ago:
]]>Socialism in America?https://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2015/11/socialism-in-america
Tue, 24 Nov 2015 00:00:00 -firstname.lastname@example.org (David T. Koyzis)Virtually every western constitutional democracy has one or more major parties claiming to represent the principles of socialism. Britain has its Labour Party, France has its
, and Germany has its
. Even Canada, where I've lived for thirty years, has its own democratic socialist party, the New Democratic Party, which has governed half of Canada's provinces and managed to form the official opposition at the federal level between 2011 and this year. The NDP's first federal leader,
(better known south of the border as actor Kiefer Sutherland's grandfather), is considered a national hero due to his role in establishing this country's system of universal health care.
]]>Civil Society, Church, and Statehttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2015/10/civil-society-church-and-state
Thu, 15 Oct 2015 00:00:00 -email@example.com (David T. Koyzis) Peter Leithart asks:
Can Civil Society Fix Us?
More to the point, he wonders whether civil society as a disparate collection of communities can offer the same challenge to the expansive state that the imposing edifice of the medieval church did to the ambitions of the political rulers of its day.
]]>Authority, Citizenship, and Public Justicehttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2015/08/authority-citizenship-and-public-justice
Sat, 12 Sep 2015 00:00:00 -firstname.lastname@example.org (David T. Koyzis) North Americans famously esteem freedom but are ambivalent about authority. Authority strikes many of us as too constricting and insufficiently supportive of our desires and aspirations. Yet I believe that authority is key to understanding our humanity and the meaning of our creation in God’s image. This has profound implications for our status as citizens within a democratic political framework.
]]>‘You're Not Really Pro-Life Because . . .'https://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2015/08/title
Thu, 06 Aug 2015 00:00:00 -email@example.com (David T. Koyzis) Readers following facebook and other social media will likely have run across this quotation by
Sister Joan Chittister
posted repeatedly in the wake of the release of the notorious Planned Parenthood videos: