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60While We’re At Ithttps://www.firstthings.com/article/2016/10/while-were-at-it
Sat, 01 Oct 2016 02:00:00 -firstname.lastname@example.org (R. R. Reno)♦ Early in July, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia issued a
set of guidelines
for implementing Pope Francis’s apostolic exhortation on marriage and family,
. The document urges the Church’s pastors to recognize that Catholics today are often profoundly misled by the prevailing culture, making it very difficult for them to accept the truth of the Church’s teaching on the permanence of marriage and the moral meaning of sexual acts.
Politics of Vulnerabilityhttps://www.firstthings.com/article/2016/10/politics-of-vulnerability
Sat, 01 Oct 2016 02:00:00 -email@example.com (R. R. Reno)I don’t think we’ve fully realized how acute feelings of vulnerability have become in twenty-first-century America. At prestigious universities, young people with every reason to believe they’ll land on the top end of society nevertheless feel threatened, so much so that some call for “trigger warnings” and “safe spaces.” It’s easy to mock this, as I have done in the past. But such a response is wrong, or at least short-sighted. Trump, Sanders, European populism, and the rest of the turmoil in today’s public life tell us something. A pervasive disquietude is transforming our society and politics.
]]>A Spectacle, Not a Debatehttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2016/09/a-spectacle-not-a-debate
Wed, 28 Sep 2016 11:15:00 -firstname.lastname@example.org (R. R. Reno)It wasn’t tedious, at least not in the way presidential debates usually are. Hillary Clinton recited scripted paragraphs at many points. Trump’s only pre-planned verbiage came at the very end, with his “Make America Great Again” riff. He otherwise did a verbal version of free-form jazz.
]]>Disraeli's Romanticism, Trump's Nationalismhttps://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2016/09/disraelis-romanticism-trumps-nationalism
Fri, 16 Sep 2016 11:40:00 -email@example.com (R. R. Reno)The rise of Donald Trump has led me to think again about Benjamin Disraeli, one of the great figures of nineteenth-century English conservatism. There are many differences. Disraeli wrote his own books, married just one woman, and was not a newcomer to politics when, at the end of a long career in Parliament, he became Prime Minister, briefly in 1868 and then in full power from 1874-1880. But there are parallels worth pondering.
]]>Nationalism is not Xenophobiahttps://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2016/09/nationalism-is-not-xenophobia
Fri, 09 Sep 2016 12:45:00 -firstname.lastname@example.org (R. R. Reno)Immigration has emerged as a crucial political issue throughout the West. On Sunday, Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrat party was bested by Alternative for Germany in an election in Merkel’s own district. It was the first German election in which the upstart nationalist party had won more votes than Merkel’s venerable center-right party. There’s no doubt that Merkel’s decision to open Germany to more than one million Muslim refugees affected the outcome in a decisive way.
]]>Speaking from the Peripherieshttps://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2016/09/speaking-from-the-peripheries
Fri, 02 Sep 2016 16:20:00 -email@example.com (R. R. Reno)The September issue of
features a thoughtful
by Alan Jacobs, “The Watchmen: What Became of the Christian Intellectuals?” Jacobs points out that the age of Eliot, Lewis, Auden, and Niebuhr is long past. These days, there are no Christians with currency as intellectuals, which is to say as articulate public voices who interpret present political and cultural trends for a broad, educated audience.
]]>A word of congratulations to The New Criterionhttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2016/09/a-word-of-congratulations-to-the-new-criterion
Thu, 01 Sep 2016 12:30:00 -firstname.lastname@example.org (R. R. Reno)Congratulations on
years of exemplary cultural leadership.
]]>The Elephant in the Roomhttps://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2016/08/the-elephant-in-the-room
Mon, 15 Aug 2016 15:50:00 -email@example.com (R. R. Reno)Of all our major columnists, Peggy Noonan has thought the most deeply about the anti-establishment sentiments roiling our political culture. In last week’s column, “
How Global Elites Forsake Their Countrymen
,” she puts her finger on the central issue. Ordinary people in Germany, Great Britain, France, America, and elsewhere aren’t just experiencing the dislocations of economic globalization. They’re not simply responding to cultural change, which is often driven by immigration. They’re losing their trust in those who rule them.
Fri, 22 Jul 2016 12:10:00 -firstname.lastname@example.org (R. R. Reno)Ted Cruz failed to endorse Donald Trump for president. Snore. The real story from Cruz’s convention fiasco has been ignored by the pundits. Our press is bewitched by campaign minutiae and the reality-show mentality they decry in Trump but embody themselves. (“Ted offends Donald by not pretending to be on his team!”)
Mon, 18 Jul 2016 18:25:00 -email@example.com (R. R. Reno)I continue to be struck by the hysterical style of liberal denunciation. The
New York Times
editorial page today is full of invective.