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Legalistic Unicorn Society

Got stuff to do the rest of the day and not likely to be back until bed-time. One last stir of the ol’ pot here and I’m off:In spite of my poking his eye for being jaded, I think Joe Carter is onto something.And here’s my one-liner for the discussion so far: I see politics (not . . . . Continue Reading »

Becoming such as Paul was

I read Doug and Dr. Beckwith here, with Dr. Beckwith amening our radical Presbyterian homeboy, and it all seems very reasonable and humane.Then I open my Bible this morning to Act 26, and I’m reading there about Paul who — as Doug rightly pointed out at his blog — preached the . . . . Continue Reading »

The Family and the Constitution

The family occupies a precarious position in the liberal democracies of today. It still exists; it sometime flourishes; mainstream public policy experts are rediscovering its importance—but at the same time, it is under ideological assault, sometimes in the name of individualism, sometimes in . . . . Continue Reading »

The Problem of Power

The Nature of Politics: Selected Essays of Bertrand de Jouvenel edited by dennis hale and marc landy transaction, 306 pages, $21.95 The only thing deader than dead politics must surely be dead political science. It is thus remarkable to find that after several decades, these essays by Bertrand de . . . . Continue Reading »

Suya Wars

Most Americans believe, when they think of the issue at all, that our disputes over the role of religion in public life and discourse are pretty heated—though for some of us they aren’t nearly hot  enough. But in other places the complexity of the issues and the intensity of . . . . Continue Reading »

Timethink on the Rocks

Poor Time. Twenty-four years ago this month, the magazine brought us its Nietzschean fears with its famous red-on-black cover, “Is God Dead?” More recently, apparently, the agnostic editors of Time experienced a crisis of faith over the secular substitute for God, and thus presented the . . . . Continue Reading »

The Return of the Catholic Whig

In his famous Postscript to The Constitution of Liberty, Friedrich von Hayek identified Thomas Aquinas as “the first Whig,” and has several times since noted how important it is to distinguish the Whig tradition from that of many exponents of the classical liberal tradition. Among . . . . Continue Reading »

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