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Can Religion Be a Healing Force in Society?

Christians engaged in public life should model calm trust rather than panic and vitriol born of anxiety. We are called to be faithful, not successful.

Thirty Years of Poland

Three decades of work and conversation in Poland have shaped me in ways I would not have thought possible thirty years ago. For that, I am deeply grateful to a nation that might yet become a model for twenty-first-century democracy, if it took the social doctrine of its greatest son seriously.

American Democracy’s Moral and Cultural Foundations

John Courtney Murray’s warnings from more than a half-century ago, and his analysis of the roots of a possible crack-up of American political culture, are remarkably prescient and well worth pondering today.

Democracy Without Integrity Is Impossible

If our leaders can’t be trusted to be honest and accountable, our constitutional system can’t function.

What Hong Kong Means for the U.S.

The protesters in the streets of Hong Kong have once again reminded us of the power of the U.S. example—even as our leaders seem less committed to it.

Whose Republic? Which “Liberalism”?

Thanks to click-bait bloggers and incontinent tweeters, some serious damage is currently being done to authentic Catholic social doctrine, which some misidentify with a new authoritarianism and others warp by bending to the progressive cause of the day.

Interview: What’s Left of the Right?

Can the Republican Party survive President Trump? Should it? Four conservatives discuss.

The Road to Iranian Democracy

A new book on the movement toward democracy in Iran is meticulous, bordering at times on repetitive. Yet it is a compelling description of the paths of democratization in developing countries, and of the Iranian situation in particular.

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.

How Democracies Panic

The inability to worry properly without panicking makes it much harder for our politics to take the future seriously, to consider tradeoffs, and to see the case for less-than-radical policy action.