Category Archives: Culture

Libertarianism and Catholicism

Kevin Williamson has a piece at National Review that is sharply critical of some Catholic pronouncements on economics.  I’d like to respond to his piece, with a view to pointing out what I think are some important errors in his own libertarian critique of some Catholic thinking.  I think this is worth doing, because it [...]

Polygamy and Human Dignity

What is the relationship between monogamous marriage and a culture of human dignity?  I try to answer that question at Public Discourse. The core of my argument is that one way men, at least, learn to respect the dignity of other human beings is by being fathers.  Polygamy–by giving wealthy and powerful men many wives–denies [...]

Driven to Distraction

Gene Weingarten’s Pulitzer Prize-winning profile of children killed by hyperthermia is undoubtedly the saddest and most depressing thing you will read today–if you can even bear it. Weingarten is a master of his craft and he portrays the brokenness of the human condition with sensitivity and sympathy that will rip your heart out. Sadly, this [...]

Governor Christie and Alexis de Tocqueville

Here is New Jersey Governor Chris Christie performing “The Evolution of Dad Dancing” with Jimmy Fallon. And here is Democracy in America author Alexis de Tocqueville explaining one of the reasons democracies don’t get the best quality men in public office: While the natural instincts of democracy induce the people to reject distinguished citizens as [...]

Bishop Conley: Thomas More Teaches Us How to Fight For Religious Freedom

With religious freedom under increasing threat by the federal government, Catholics in America today “face serious crises of conscience,” said Bishop James Conley of Lincoln in a recent column for his diocesan newspaper. “Our federal government increasingly serves a secular agenda, and is increasingly intolerant of human life, the human family, and human dignity.  The [...]

Here’s to you, Dad.

The evidence is in. Fathers matter.  A lot. American culture has notoriously failed to honor the important and critical role of fathers.  From hollywood movies and sitcoms to everyday jokes, men are often depicted as clumsy, worthless buffoons who care only about beer and football. With the growing attacks on marriage and family, the role [...]

Who Needs Fathers? 20 Famous Partnerships

While expecting our second child, my wife and I went to the hospital for an orientation to make sure we didn’t try to go to the cardiovascular operating room instead of labor and delivery on the Big Day. The nurses and staff were all wonderful, but one thing really grated on our nerves. Everyone we [...]

Photoshopping and the War on Women

I remember seeing the unsettling — before and after – photos of Jennifer Lawrence on the cover of Flare magazine, where Jennifer was photoshopped to look thinner and presumably “sexier”. This photoshopping job became public and caused a firestorm of outrage. People were outraged because it was completely unnecessary to photoshop the originally beautiful and [...]

What Does God Need With a Starship?

Last week, Google made headlines with the announcement of a prototype driverless car right out of the pages of a science fiction novel. The wizards of Mountain View are so confident in their technology that the car doesn’t even have a steering wheel or pedals. Still, a majority of the American people do not share [...]


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