Baseball and Synod 2018

John Paul II never asked young people to take up any challenge he had not accepted, or bear any burden he had not borne. That was palpable, and young people, who have very good baloney detectors, sensed it. Synod-2018 should reflect on that.

Here the People Rule

Despite its aggressive march forward, populism’s nature and place within American politics has been opaque. Is our current “populist surge” damaging to the American republic or a healthy assertion of sovereignty? Why has the populist response occurred precisely at this moment? What are the factors that have led to it? Will the populist moment continue? Vox Populi: The Perils and Promises of Populism, edited by Roger Kimball, examines these questions.

Playboy Comes to D.C.

The magazine’s table at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner represents a further decline of cultural standards.

Mr. Ryan Leaves Washington

Paul Ryan is what we often say we want from our elected officials: a man of public and personal virtue. We must, therefore, seek to explain why his departure is seen as a tacit admission of failure.

A New Health-Care Debate

A decentralizing and deregulatory approach to health policy offers a substantively and politically attractive path for Republicans. But whether it turns out to be more attractive than falling back into the role of pure critics of Democratic health reforms remains to be seen.

Roe v. Wade Derangement Syndrome

The defense of the indefensible often leads to a kind of derangement in otherwise rational people. That was the case with the defenders of slavery and legalized racial segregation; it has become the case with abortion.

Zip Ties and Media Lies

Our Rashomon politics is not an artifact of the Trump era but an inevitable outgrowth of an ever-increasing tendency to political moralizing, which itself arises out of identity politics as lately perfected by the left, with the willing cooperation of the media.

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