Category: Political Theory

Dr. Moore and the Politics of Dinner Parties

On Monday night I got on the E train in Forest Hills and headed to the Union League Club on East 37th Street to hear Russell Moore, President of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, the public-policy arm of the...

/ October 27, 2016
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Betraying Politics: The Mystique of Public Life

“Everything begins as a mystique and ends as a politique,” observes French essayist Charles Péguy. In other words, that which begins as a pure idea—mystic, even transcendent—devolves into profane politics, the slow grind of policy divorced from any sort of...

/ October 21, 2016
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Hamilton, Meritocracy, and Patriotism

I held out for as long as I could. My resistance was sustained chiefly by a stubborn contrarianism that resists as many trends as possible, particularly those that can be credibly connected to New York City, Washington, San Francisco, or Los...

/ July 20, 2016
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Why Christians Can Support Tighter Immigration Restrictions

Today we have another long-form piece, this one coming from Stephen Wolfe. I’m pleased to run this piece chiefly because Stephen does a good job of trying to focus the debate around the specific principles that undergird our thinking about an...

/ July 13, 2016
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The Politics of Tolkien

In a recent interview with Rolling Stone George RR Martin had this to say about the differences between his work and that of JRR Tolkien. “A major concern in A Song of Ice and Fire and Game of Thrones is power. Almost everybody – except maybe Daenerys, across...

/ April 28, 2014

Conscience and Conservatives: What role should it play in public debate?

We’ve all been whipped into a frenzy over Rush Limbaugh’s idiotic insults of a Georgetown law student, a controversy I have been fastidiously trying to ignore.  Errors often compound faster than interest, and responding to one outlandish statement with apoplexy...

/ March 8, 2012

The Rachel Held Evans Conversation: Why I am a Conservative

Rachel Held Evans’ readers ask all kinds of hard questions.  As in really hard questions. There’s are thoughts on several topics there that may be unfamiliar to Mere-O readers, as the Iraq War comes up, the meaning of “pro-life” gets...

/ February 15, 2012

Mere-O @ Acton U

I’m currently in Grand Rapids, Michigan attending the Acton Institute’s “Acton University”—an annual four-day conference focused, broadly, around two topics: Religion and Liberty. Acton is often pegged as a free-market think-tank, but after two days of discussion, it is evident...

/ June 16, 2011

Political Correctness…, I mean Religious Correctness

[This post is lengthy; be forewarned] As I expected would happen, the readers of Mere-O have responded both with class, sensitivity, and elegance to my original post, in which I provoked conversation about the Mosque Controversy in New York City....

/ July 31, 2010

Arguing with George William Curtis

I’d never heard of George William Curtis before this past Saturday. A quote of his popped up on my friend’s facebook wall, in what I assume to be a strange way of pepping himself up for the US/Ghana World Cup...

/ June 27, 2010