America’s Next ‘Minister of Culture’: Don’t Politicize the Appointment

The retiring Librarian of Congress, James H. Billington, leaves a challenging and impressive legacy on which his successor, who will be nominated by the president and must be confirmed by the Senate, ought to build.


Too Cool in the Capital

The National Portrait Gallery does best when it focuses on high-caliber artists, rather then pandering to its visitors with exhibitions that attempt to be “cool.” Elsewhere in the capital, the Eisenhower Memorial Commission continues to lurch along.

The Use and Abuse of Originalism

Some libertarians sometimes invite the suspicion that their commitment to originalism is opportunistic—that, for them, originalism is something to be invoked and to be twisted, this way and that, to constitutionalize their policy preferences.

Why Christians Are So Upset About Same-Sex Marriage

At the end of the day, same-sex marriage acted as a catalyst for all sorts of other trends that made Christians realize just how little work they had done, and just how much they still have to do.

The Man Who Loved Hitler

A new biography of Josef Goebbels depicts a man consumed by personal ambition, the fate of German culture, and the raving hatred propagated by his master.


Have You Ever Been Wrong?

Partisanship shapes our attitudes, probably much more than we like to admit. Many of us aren’t nearly as independent-minded as we like to think.

Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing: Sleeper Presidential Campaign Issue

Republicans are fighting to block an Obama administration rule that repudiates the core principles of our constitutional system by allowing the federal government to effectively usurp the zoning powers of local governments.

How the GOP Can Outmaneuver Dems on Higher-Ed Reform

The deeper problem with higher education today is that the system Democrats have put in place steers benefits to those who don’t need them while leaving many others with no good options.

Themes for Surviving “Ordinary Time”

The profound truths of the biblical text provide a unique optic on the here-and-now and help the people of the Church “see” the world and their lives more clearly by piercing through the regnant fog of cultural confusion

All the Latest Fashions

A few observations on Mad Men as a progressive fable about the American “Dark Ages” prior to the various liberations of the 1960s.