Category Archives: liberalism

Trade-offs of pluralism

Sohrab Ahmari and David French finally faced off live at Catholic University of America Thursday evening, moderated by Ross Douthat. In debating terms, it was no contest: French cleaned up. In fairness to Ahmari, his wife had a child on … Continue reading

Posted in conservatism, Evangelicalism, free speech, liberalism, lifeworks, Pluralism, Religious freedom, Rights Talk, Roman Catholicism

Irenic Politics

Jonathan Haidt has said that conservatives generally understand liberals better than liberals understand conservatives. I now offer a corollary that Trump supporters understand Never Trump Conservatives no better than liberals do. Exhibit A is the premise of a column by … Continue reading

Posted in conservatism, liberalism, lifeworks, Political Matters, progressivism, realignment

A common baseline of facts and information?

I’ve been a fan of Matthew Crawford since he wrote Shop Class as Soulcraft. His second book, The World Beyond Your Head: On Becoming an Individual in an Age of Distraction, was solid, too. Now he has published a terrific … Continue reading

Posted in liberalism, lifeworks, Political Matters, populism, progressivism

Dennis Prager’s Rohrschalk Test

A Dennis Prager column opens with a very broad-brush premise: Every non-liberal leftist — that is, nearly every Democrat running for president, New York Times and Washington Post columnist, CNN and MSNBC host, and your left-wing brother-in-law — labels every … Continue reading

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French scores a TKO

Sohrab Amari (Trumpist) picked a stupid fight with David French (Never Trumpist). The gist of [Sohrab] Ahmari’s argument is this: [David] French is a classical liberal, who argues in terms suited to classical liberalism. But classical liberalism is a dead … Continue reading

Posted in conservatism, deathworks, grievance mongering, Integralism, liberalism, lifeworks, populism, progressivism, Religious freedom

How Conservatives are deviant

How Conservatives are deviant and other cantakerous push-back. Continue reading

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Political Potpourri 1/11/19

The Wall (not Pink Floyd), Bigotries Right and Left, plus Alexandria Oscasio Palin-Cortez Continue reading

Posted in History, Humor, Islam, liberalism, Political Matters, progressivism, Religious freedom, Roman Catholicism, Senate, the worst are full of passionate intensity

Potpourri 11/10/18

I indulged my urge to travel from October 29 through election day, with a long transcontinental flight back on Wednesday. Time didn’t permit keeping up with news, let alone commenting. I’ve spent too much time trying to “catch up.” Aware, … Continue reading

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Mostly religious, 9/21/18

Today, I’m staying away from politics almost (but not quite) completely. I don’t think the politics will offend anyone. Continue reading

Posted in Civil Religion, Culture, Evangelicalism, liberalism, Liturgy, Religious freedom, Roman Catholicism, Sexualia

Politics, I’m sad to say

Political swill I share reluctantly. Continue reading

Posted in American Folk Religion, Anodynes & Nostrums, Christianity generally, Civil Religion, liberalism, Moralistic therapeutic deism, Orthodoxy, Political Matters