Publications


A Little Too Much Reality in the Trump Reality Show

President Trump vehemently denies accusations of groping and affairs, but this week it seems that the elaborate and expensive efforts he has undertaken to conceal his behavior are unraveling a bit.

Democracy and Its Discontents

Sorting out this season of democratic disorientation and charting the path of democratic renewal requires a sober assessment of democracy’s present discontents and a refresher course in some basic truths about the nature of the democratic project and the conditions necessary for its flourishing.

Identity and Assimilation

Assimilation has proven so difficult lately not because American culture is too cohesive and self-confident but because it has lost the capacity to tell its own story coherently.

Getting Ready for Synod-2018

The Church in the United States has had some success addressing youth ministry and vocational discernment, despite challenging cultural circumstances; so perhaps some American leaders in those areas could be invited to Synod-2018 to enrich its discussion, on the Synod floor and off it.

Loneliness Is Fueling The Opioid Epidemic. Here’s How You Can Help.

Social despair more so than economic despair is the main driver behind our current opioid crisis; the task before us looms large, but there is a way to repair and rebuild social capital.

Is Immigration Good for Immigrants?

When immigration is not a free choice, when it is undertaken because of violence and fear, it is not an unqualified good for either the immigrant or the adoptive country.

Trust, Facts and the Post-Truth Political Moment

As a species, humans are ever in search of data that confirm what they want to believe, what they already believe. The inclination to do this is particularly strong in times of division and dispute, when society seems to lack reliable authority figures in various fields. And Americans are plainly living in such a moment now.

Much More than Economics

Once a week, for twelve years, economist Russ Roberts has been taking the dismal out of the dismal science in his EconTalk podcast.

A Crisis of Liberalism?

There is much to admire in Patrick Deneen’s book Why Liberalism Failed, which combines impressive learning in the history of political theory and genuine attention to the complex realities of contemporary life. But the book is also deeply flawed, and in the end its critique lacks the prudence, realism, and generosity of spirit that wiser cultural critics have demonstrated in their own deep efforts to confront the problems of modernity.

Learning from the White Rose

There is a lot of talk in the Church these days about “conscience,” and Blessed John Henry Newman is invoked by many prominent personalities in those debates. So it might be useful for all concerned, including Church leaders in the Munich where the White Rose youngsters in 1943 gave their lives for the truth, to ponder Newman’s influence on these contemporary martyrs.