Carson Holloway

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Carson Holloway

Carson Holloway is a political scientist and the author of The Way of Life: John Paul II and the Challenge of Liberal Modernity (Baylor University Press), The Right Darwin? Evolution, Religion, and the Future of Democracy (Spence Publishing), and All Shook Up: Music, Passion and Politics (Spence Publishing), and the editor of a collection of essays entitled Magnanimity and Statesmanship (Lexington Books). His articles have appeared in the Review of Politics, Interpretation: A Journal of Political Philosophy, Perspectives on Political Science, and First Things. He is a regular contributor to the online journal The Public Discourse. Holloway was a 2005-06 William E. Simon Visiting Fellow in Religion and Public Life in the James Madison Program at Princeton University. He received his Ph.D. in political science from Northern Illinois University in 1998.

Recent Posts


Pope Francis’s Remarks at the White House

Today Pope Francis arrived in the United States.  Three things stood out to me in his remarks at the White House. First, the pope said that in his address to the Congress (tomorrow) he would call ... More


Scott Walker Drops Out

The New York Times reports here that Scott Walker has suspended his campaign for the presidency.  This is too bad for Walker.  He is an able and determined man, and he was riding high in the polls i... More


Thoughts on the Republican Debate

Here are some thoughts on the Republican presidential debate the other night.  It was a long evening at three hours, so much more could be said.  This is what stood out to me (in no particular order... More


Libertarianism’s Limited Appeal

For a long time I have heard that libertarianism is the wave of the political future, the coming force in American politics.  Maybe it will turn out to be so, but it has not yet. There certainly d... More


The Meaning of Marriage and Freedom of Thought

The struggle over the meaning of marriage is leading to, or has perhaps already led to, a struggle over the freedom of the mind--freedom of thought and speech.  So we are reminded by Ryan Anderson in... More


Joe Biden’s Confused Catholicism

The White House is getting ready for the September visit of Pope Francis to the United States, according to this AP article.  The article includes the following comment by Vice President Joe Biden, w... More


Can the Republicans Excommunicate Trump?

Can the Republican Party--and maybe the conservative movement--excommunicate Donald Trump?  I mean, of course, excommunicate him politically--cast him into the outer darkness beyond the Republican Pa... More


Does Ashley Madison have Grounds to Complain?

As is now well known, somebody hacked into the website of Ashley Madison--an online firm that facilitates adultery--and then posted a lot of its information on the internet.  Now the company is facin... More


Edmund Burke on the Trump Rebellion

It turns out some of the great political thinkers can help us to understand the rise (so far) of Donald Trump.  As I observed the other day, Machiavelli sheds some light on the issue.  Machiavelli s... More


Jettisoning Jefferson and Jackson

Some Democrats are for jettisoning their party's connection to Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson.  Many Democratic events are named after these two famous American presidents--"Jefferson and Jackso... More



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