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


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


Same-Sex Marriage and Interracial Marriage: Not the Same Thing

An argument that is often pressed by proponents of same-sex marriage is that it presents just the same issue as interracial marriage.  On this view, opposition to same-sex marriage is just the same a... More


Can Rick Perry’s Candidacy Be Saved?

Can Rick Perry's candidacy for the presidency be saved?  Not, I think, if he takes the advice of Red State's Erick Erickson.  According to Erickson, Perry can resuscitate his political fortunes by t... More


The Republicans’ Trump Problem: It’s Complicated

The Republican Party is currently experiencing some problems related to the presidential candidacy of Donald Trump.  Many Republicans would, I guess, say that Trump is himself the problem.  The prob... More


Unhappy Pursuit of Happiness

Our culture is obsessed with happiness, but it is not as good as it thinks it is at producing happiness.  This was the suggestion I heard made by Fr. Robert Spitzer, who was the guest on "Catholi... More


Catholics, Capital Punishment, and the Constitution

Catholics who feel called to seek abolition of capital punishment should do so in a way that respects the Constitution of the United States.  This is the point of an article I have in the most recent... More


Simply Stated: What’s Wrong with the Obergefell Ruling

The Supreme Court's ruling that same-sex marriage is required by the Constitution will surely produce a mountain of books and articles in the coming years (and has already produced a huge amount of on... More


Patriotism and Piety: As American as the Fourth of July

Some people want to minimize as much as possible the role of religion in America's public life.  To do this, however, they have to do violence to America's historical identity.  America's government... More


On Marriage, Catholics Stand with the American Founders

This Fourth of July, American Catholics might feel that they no longer fit so comfortably within America.  After all, Catholics hold that marriage is a union between a man and a woman, but the Suprem... More



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