Category: Politics

pluralism and hell

Shadi Hamid, who is one of the sharpest foreign policy commentators out there, has a really good interview in Providence magazine about Islam, liberalism, and pluralism: As for theological resources that conservatives might share across faiths, something I’ve been thinking about...

/ October 17, 2018

the wonderful world of zoning reform

Zoning reform, while decidedly unsexy, is probably one of the more important issues in America when it comes to reducing poverty. Housing is expensive and there’s no way to subsidize enough for everyone — we have to break down the...

/ October 16, 2018

immigration and identity

There are so many things to think about from this piece by Luma Simms in National Affairs: Throughout history, people have traveled from country to country, trading with one another over long distances, returning home with the goods, habits, and even...

/ October 10, 2018

“Nothing can take form except within limits.”

Wendell Berry summarizes many of our contemporary problems quite well in this excellent interview with Gracy Olmstead: Those problems could be summed up as the triumph of industrialism and industrial values over the lives of living creatures, and over the...

/ October 9, 2018

men not at work

Senator Mike Lee’s office has been doing fantastic work investigating America’s declining social capital, and this report on men out of the workforce has a lot to chew on: We confirm research by other scholars that a large number of...

/ September 26, 2018

natural law and common grace

I really appreciated this piece from Jordan Ballor and J. Daryl Charles on natural law and common grace. In particular, I liked the fact that they don’t take “natural law” further than it can go — it’s a “recognition of...

/ September 25, 2018

could a Christian political party be… good?

Bryan McGraw delivers a great history lesson about Christian political parties in Europe and the promise such a party might hold for us in America. I’d love to see him discuss the American Solidarity Party in a follow-up, since that’s the...

/ September 24, 2018

“It’s not like they ask us.”

This story by Elaina Plott about guns and the people who use them is really insightful: That the broader population has transposed the attitudes of people like Bennett onto most gun owners is understandable. Popular discourse is given to extremes....

/ September 21, 2018

i don’t think i’m ever gonna figure it ou-ou-out

Lyz Lenz digs into the history of Tucker Carlson to try to figure out what happened to America: I am trying to listen. I am trying to understand. I want to understand. If I can figure out what happened to...

/ September 12, 2018

the necessity and history of corporate social responsbility

I very much look forward to reading Kyle Edward Williams’ thesis on corporate social responsibility whenever it comes out. For now, he’s got a great piece in the Washington Post on Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s plan to bring responsibility back to corporate...

/ September 3, 2018