The Little Sisters' Last Stand for Religious Liberty
by Bruce Frohnen
Should the Obama Administration succeed in forcing the Little Sisters of the Poor to bow to its contraception mandate, all churches will soon be made into administrative units of the federal government...
Socrates on Democracy and the Just City
by Eva Brann
Socrates suggests that democracy and its inevitable degenerate consequence, tyranny—which alternate with each other in Athens—have this important trait in common: that they are both less than cities, almost non-constitutions, to which no definite kind of soul corresponds...
The Sad Career of Justice Stephen Breyer
by Allen Porter Mendenhall
Justice Stephen Breyer was off to a promising start to an educated life when he studied philosophy at Stanford University and then attended Oxford University. He was becoming the welcome exception: a literate lawyer. Then things went wrong, gradually and by slow degrees...
Plato's Tale of the Wolf-Tyrant: A Lesson for Our Times?
by Christopher Morrissey
Socrates warns that today’s tyrants will strive to free an “oppressed” class in order to make them into a revolutionary power base. But then the protector of the people will become a wolf-tyrant feasting on the entrails of the rich victim...
Alasdair MacIntyre: From Socratic Subverter to Supporter of the State
by Thaddeus Kozinski
What Alasdair MacIntyre used to know is that the modern nation-state cannot do anything truly good for its citizens. So how can we explain his recent call for the strong use of nation-state power in the realms of health, education, military service, and public speech?
The Rest of the Week :
Slouching Towards Tyranny: Why America Needs God
A Little Holy Trinity: Why Churches Should Be Beautiful
Was Russell Kirk Right about the Gulf War?
Not By Politics Alone: Arts and Humanities
Slogans: Belief without Thought
Leo Strauss: Escaping the Stifling Clutches of Historicism
Making Progress: Dehumanizing Humanity
The Historical and Christian Roots of Marriage
Of Gods and Men: The Pagan Path to Christ
The Imaginative Stimulus Indispensable to Life
Stonewall Jackson's Way