Publications


Brave New World Revisited

A new TV production of Brave New World offers a mildly absorbing science fiction tale with lots of glistening flesh and technology. As an adaptation of Aldous Huxley’s sobering message, though, it fails.

Trump’s Suggestion to Delay the Election Is the Most Anti-Democratic Thing Any President Ever Said

Today’s Republicans should follow the course set by the first Republican president, embracing our democratic heritage and rejecting the fevered musings emanating from the Oval Office.

The Next Pope and the Crisis of the West

By being relentlessly Christ-centered in his preaching, the next pope can empower all of us to rescue the idea of the human by proclaiming the crucified and risen Lord, the embodiment of self-giving love, as the true image of humanity and its freedom.

The GOP Needs to Hit Rock Bottom

Congressional Republicans pretended they were powerless to limit Trump’s excesses. What difference would it make if voters made the make-believe real?

Sorry, Republicans. The Polls Really Are That Bad.

Some Republicans say polls are undercounting GOP voters, while others cite 2016 as evidence that the polls are just wrong. Sadly, neither explanation holds water.

A Different Kind of Transparency

Catholics now have a guidebook, written for non-experts (or at least non-canonists), which provides a simplified explanation of how Rome expects the rest of the Church to handle allegations of clergy sexual abuse.

Liars Go to Hell

That the ghost of Walter Duranty still has his Pulitzer Prize is an obscenity that warriors of the cancel culture may want to address.

Trump Is Right

There is a massive crisis that requires a decisive and forceful federal response before it does any more damage to America. It’s just not the crisis the president thinks it is.

Suburbs Hold Key to 2020 Presidential Choice

The Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule is a play to force “economic integration” on America’s suburbs. But the way to diversify the suburbs is to make all Americans more prosperous, not to undertake a massive program in social engineering.

The Next Pope and Vatican Diplomacy

The institutional default positions in Vatican diplomacy do not reflect two lessons taught by the late 20th century: the only authority the Holy See has in world politics today is moral authority; that moral authority is depleted when the Church fails to speak the truth to power, especially totalitarian and authoritarian power.