EPPC Briefly: The Anti-Trump Republicans

March 3, 2016


The Anti-Trump Republicans
EPPC Hertog Fellow Yuval Levin argues that political parties “are important social institutions in themselves, with a history and character and spirit that are often worth defending, and that are frequently inseparable from the vision of society the party works to advance …. One important reason to oppose Trump is the danger he poses to the Republican party as a conservative party and as a durable institution.”

What Wouldn’t Jesus Do?
In his New York Times column, EPPC Senior Fellow Peter Wehner tries to make sense of Donald Trump’s support: “What stuns me is how my fellow evangelicals can rally behind a man whose words and actions are so at odds with the central teachings of our faith.”

Republican Self-Sabotage
EPPC Senior Fellow Mona Charen assigns responsibility for Trumpism to certain figures within the conservative movement, and offers “congratulations to those conservatives who’ve been preaching the ‘betrayal’ of the base by the establishment. You’ve won.” (See also Ms. Charen’s observations on the strategy needed to thwart Trump’s momentum.)

Confusion in the Anti-Establishment Ranks
EPPC Senior Fellow James C. Capretta explains that “numerous prominent conservatives remain under the delusion that Trump is leading a conservative revolt against the establishment.”

An Agenda to Court Trump Supporters
In order to reach voters who have been attracted to Trump’s message, EPPC Senior Fellow Henry Olsen argues that “the GOP must acknowledge the economic dislocation that has occurred and offer an agenda to help families who have seen their prospects dim over the past two decades.”

Antonin Scalia — A Justice in Full

EPPC President Ed Whelan, a former law clerk to Justice Scalia, writes in a National Reviewsymposium that the “two deep loves” that sustained Scalia, “in good times and in bad, were his wonderful wife Maureen and the Catholic faith they shared.”

Observing the political struggle that has commenced over filling Justice Scalia’s seat, EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel proposes that “it it’s not too early to do Justice Scalia one last honor and ask the question, why is that struggle so crucial? Why has the Supreme Court become such a Leviathan in our national public life?”

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RSVP now: George Weigel’s 15th Annual William E. Simon Lecture on March 8
There are still openings available for those interested in attending the 15th Annual William E. Simon Lecture, by EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel, titled “Kraków: The City Where the 20th Century Happened.”

This lecture is open to registered guests only. For more information, or to inquire about registration, please click here.


Testing ‘Brotherhood’: Next Steps for the Vatican and Russian Orthodoxy
In an open letter to the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity following “the historic meeting in Havana between Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill,” EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel concludes that “it was good that the meeting between Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill took place. As hard as it was to arrange, however, the really hard work lies ahead.”

Abortion and the Supreme Court’s Misguided Notions of ‘Autonomy’
EPPC Visiting Fellow Erika Bachiochi argues that, as the Supreme Court considers a challenge to Texas abortion laws, “it is high time that the Court abandon the fiction that abortion serves women’s dignity and equality.”

Academic Freedom in Conformist Times
EPPC Senior Fellow Roger Scruton reviews a new book that “shows how important historically academic freedom has been to the pursuit of knowledge, and examines the baleful consequences of the contemporary assault on truth and objectivity.”

The King of Tastelessness
EPPC Resident Scholar James Bowman surveys the coarsening of both media culture and political culture, and finds that “it is no accident that Mr. Trump comes to the task from the world of reality-TV — a world that has been built on the essential insight that, in the age of non-judgmentalism, every claim to moral authority, implicit or explicit, produces an equal and opposite counter-claim.”

Miss Marple and the Problem of Modern Identity
Agatha Christie’s famous amateur sleuth uses her knowledge of human nature to discern if people really are who they say they are — one of the central problems of modernity. In this essay from EPPC’s journal The New Atlantis, Alan Jacobs reflects on the differences between being known by one’s neighbors and being known by the state.

No, Rubio’s Plan Does Not Include an Individual Mandate
EPPC Senior Fellow James C. Capretta explains that “Senator Rubio’s embrace of tax credits for health insurance … shows he understands what it will take to actually dislodge Obamacare.”

Rebuilding a Marriage Culture in 21st-Century Black and Latino America
EPPC Senior Fellow Peter Wehner reviews a new book that discusses “the family revolution that has swept across the United States over the last half century” and that proposes solutions for restoring marriage in America, but Mr. Wehner reminds readers that “what is most required to revivify marriage is what is most beyond the power of government to do: reconfigure the order of our loves.”

Ukraine’s Greek Catholic Heroes
EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel defends leaders of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church who have been targeted by Russian propaganda that “has been pumped into the world in a steady stream of bilge reminiscent of what spewed out of Germany in the 1930s.”


The Original Understanding of the Role of Congress and How Far We’ve Drifted From It
In testimony before the House Judiciary Committee’s Task Force on Executive Overreach, EPPC Senior Fellow James C. Capretta reminds members that the “’power of the purse’ is arguably the most important power granted to Congress in the Constitution.”

The Birth, Death, and Resurrection of Economics
In a recent lecture delivered in Budapest, EPPC Lehrman Institute Fellow in Economics John D. Mueller offers a structural history of economics, discusses some of the practical applications of “neo-scholastic” economics, and considers the world view implicit in scholastic, classical and neoclassical economic theory. (See also Mr. Mueller’s remarks on the Hungarian translation of his book Redeeming Economics.)

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