Category: Politics

What is a society?

On Facebook my friend Scott Pryor rightly notes that if Dr. Miller failed to define ‘justice’ in his essay at Providence, my post suffers from the lack of a definition of “society.” So here is a stab at answering that question.

/ September 10, 2019
church-and-commonwealth

Impartiality is Not Neutrality

Friend of Mere O Paul D. Miller has responded to Jonathan Leeman’s recent Providence essay with a post of his own. This paragraph in particular is what I want to focus on because it highlights one of the most important points...

/ September 10, 2019

Did Liberalism Solve Pluralism?

One of the persistent framings of the debate about liberalism works by asserting that liberalism has figured out how to help people live together in the midst of deep differences. Thus those who reject liberalism are invoking dangerous demons from...

/ August 27, 2019

The Post-Liberal State and the (Highly Technical) Goods of Modernity

Several years ago my dad suffered a traumatic brain injury. To put it as plainly as I can: He is alive today because he had major brain surgery followed by a three-week long nap in the ICU that cost someone...

/ August 14, 2019

Is all human community parasitic?

That is the claim made by Dan Hugger in a recent post at the Acton Institute. Hugger, picking up on the French-Ahmari debate, argued that my framing of the debate—that liberalism ultimately fails because it both relies on other social...

/ June 12, 2019

Martin Bucer’s Anti-Poverty Program

In his book De Regno Christi, Martin Bucer outlines his vision of a Christian society, including details on how he believes such a society should handle questions of poverty. The basic vision can be sketched out as follows:

/ June 3, 2019

Should We Expand the Scope of the Abortion Debate?

One of the perennial questions amongst pro-lifers concerns the wisdom of expanding the definition of “pro-life” to encompass political issues beyond the question of legalized abortion. On the one hand, we’ve published several pieces at Mere O over the years...

/ May 22, 2019

What makes a person or theological statement “individualistic”?

I wanted to put up a quick post to deal with an objection that had been raised to John Shelton’s post over on the main site. In his post, Shelton argued that there is a strong individualistic streak to American...

/ April 29, 2019

Why do so many people feel the need to lie about Cardinal McCarrick?

Here is Timothy Egan, a columnist writing in the New York Times:

/ August 31, 2018

Should Pro-Lifers Learn from the DSA?

Matt Walther has a piece over at The Week which I, perhaps predictably, am feeling really torn about. Here’s Walther’s argument:

/ June 22, 2018