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Abortion and Political Compromise

Roe v. Wade is clearly in for substantial pruning—possibly even an outright overruling—in the near future. Thus the ball, so to speak, will be in the pro-life court. As James Davison Hunter’s article in this issue reminds us, Americans do not accept the positions of either the . . . . Continue Reading »

The Constitution and the Erotic Self

The history books tell us that Gavrilo Princip, the Serbian nationalist who shot and killed Austrian Archduke Francis Ferdinand in 1914 at Sarajevo, started World War I by providing the occasion, or excuse, for the release of long-smoldering political tensions and ambitions. Thus can small trickles . . . . Continue Reading »

Law, Laws, and Human Community

All I have is a voice To undo the folded lie, The Romantic lie in the brain Of the sensual man-in-the-street And the lie of Authority Those buildings grope the sky: There is no such thing as the State And no one exists alone. . . .  —W. H. Auden, September 1, 1939 The April 1989 . . . . Continue Reading »

Editorial: Legalize Drugs?

No sooner had George Bush declared a “war on drugs” and appointed William Bennett to lead the charge than voices were raised to question the entire enterprise. To be fair, some of those voices—such as economist Milton Friedman and, with less assurance, William F. Buckley, Jr.—have . . . . Continue Reading »

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