Trump and the Norm of Presidential Dignity

Trump and the Norm of Presidential Dignity

The contretemps over a White House aide complaining anonymously in the New York Times about an erratic President of the United States puts into sharp relief the political chaos of the moment. According to the aide, inside the administration there are “adults in the room” saving President Trump, and the …

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Opening Minds with The Bostonians

Opening Minds with The Bostonians

Many colleges and universities start their semesters by assigning a book for everyone to read as an entire group. Sometimes it’s the freshman class. Sometimes it’s students in a standalone college, or within a single college in a university system. The goals vary. Sometimes the goal of the reading assignment …

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Is Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party a Home for Anti-Semitism?

Is Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party a Home for Anti-Semitism?

During Ed Milibands’s term as Labour Party leader, he altered the process by which the party appointed its leader to radically reduce the say of Labour MPs and massively increase the input of the general public who could vote for the head of Labour in return for a small fee. …

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The Indefensibility of U.S. Fringe Benefit Tax Laws

The Indefensibility of U.S. Fringe Benefit Tax Laws

When people look back at our period in history, they will see a whole set of policies that are indefensible. Today, I am starting a series that attempts to identify policies that are unjustifiable. Some of these policies are very important, others are less consequential. But they all are problematic. …

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Culture’s Challenge to Constitutionalism

Culture’s Challenge to Constitutionalism

Democracy in America is justly famous for showing that democratic government depends not only on institutions but on culture. The American culture Tocqueville described was individualistic but socially cooperative, creating all kinds of civic associations. Its society was religious but under the domination of no one church or sect. It …

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Rebuilding a Fragile Political Order

Rebuilding a Fragile Political Order

Best known for his magisterial biography of Pope John Paul II, George Weigel firmly established himself as a Catholic public intellectual in 1987 with Tranquillitas Ordinis: The Present Failure and Future Promise of American Catholic Thought on War and Peace. There Weigel argued that the purpose of Just War thinking …

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Oren Cass’s “Productive Pluralism”

Oren Cass’s “Productive Pluralism”

Oren Cass’s The Once and Future Worker: A Vision for the Renewal of Work in America is nothing if not bold. He is only 17 pages in when he takes on Adam Smith, whose dictum that economic activity is about consumption rather than production was sanctified by Keynes and made …

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Too Often, Tort Law Introduces Populism in Justice

Too Often, Tort Law Introduces Populism in Justice

Tort law is supposed to give redress to those who are wronged and on occasion I have known it do precisely that. More often, though, I have seen it exert a deeply corrupting effect on plaintiff, defendant, the legal profession and society in general alike. It encourages perjury and what …

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