Category: Politics

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Do Evangelicals Actually Want an Originalist on the Supreme Court?

We’re pleased to publish this guest feature by Matt Mellema and Ian Speir. President Trump’s tapping of Judge Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court has won near-universal praise from the Religious Right. Gorsuch has been lauded as an articulate originalist,...

/ February 27, 2017
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Freeing Speech: Free Speech, Milo, and the University

A peculiar and noteworthy feature of our cultural conversations around the subject of free speech is their narrow focus upon the non-proscription of expression. If we were to employ Isaiah Berlin’s taxonomy, we could say that these conversations have framed...

/ February 24, 2017
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Forget Milo. Roger Scruton Can Make CPAC Great Again

We are pleased to publish this guest feature by Bryan Baise. On Monday, the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) rescinded their invitation to Milo Yiannopoulos after a video recording emerged which many interpreted to be a defense of pedophilia. Milo has...

/ February 21, 2017
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Attending to the Language: Trump and the GOP Leadership

In one of his books Christopher Hitchens advised his readers to always attend to the language used by the people they are studying or covering. The way the person uses language will often tell you things far more important than...

/ February 13, 2017
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Climate change is political and there’s nothing wrong with that.

Donald Trump was sworn in as President at noon on Friday, January 20th. Within an hour, all references to climate change had been removed from the White House website. He has stacked key positions with outspoken climate change deniers, and...

/ February 8, 2017
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Gorsuch a Time as This: Does Neil Gorsuch Vindicate Critics of #NeverTrump?

President Donald Trump made good on one of his most prominent campaign promises by nominating Judge Neil Gorsuch to succeed Justice Antonin Scalia on the United States Supreme Court. In response, many of my lawyer friends tweeted at me with gifs...

/ February 2, 2017

On the Executive Order Regarding Refugees

Over the weekend, I suggested that the text of the now infamous and widely criticized Executive Order on refugees was, as written, “neither insane nor obviously unChristian.”

/ February 1, 2017

Civics is not LARPing

Alyssa Rosenberg has a very simple but profound observation today in the Washington Post about the use of the word “resistance” to describe basic civic duties like calling our elected officials: We should be wary of adopting a renamed version of civic...

/ January 27, 2017
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Dreaming Better Dreams: The Home, Marketplace, and American Dream

I am delighted to publish today’s feature essay by Hannah Anderson. Two notes for readers: First, this is the first essay I have been able to commission using the money from the tip jar, which you can donate to at...

/ January 16, 2017

An Introduction to the Reformed Doctrine of the Two Kingdoms

I’m really excited to publish this post today from my friend Eric Hutchinson, classics professor at Hillsdale College. One of the projects I see Mere O taking on in the coming days is trying to outline some basic principles of political...

/ January 5, 2017