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What is culture war?

My column for October finally appeared at Catholic World Report. (They had been busy reporting on the late lamented or rather lamentable Synod.) It’s a sort of general account of culture war throughout the ages that notes its unavoidability.

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Leadership matters

My latest column at Crisis Magazine is about the current crisis of leadership throughout society: why it exists, why it’s a big problem, and what to do about it.

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Liberalism, choice, and compulsion

Social liberals take it for granted that social conservatives are meddling, tyrannical, and incipiently violent. My current column at Catholic World Report deals with the issue. Basic response: if liberal views simply transcribe obvious human reality, then conservative views are indeed an attempt to interfere that can be expected to bollix things up in all sorts of ways. It’s not clear why anyone should accept the assumption though.

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What if the '60s had been intelligent?

Suppose people had done something sensible about the deficiencies of postwar America. What would it have been? And why did they do all the stupid stuff instead? To find out, read my latest Crisis piece.

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Haidt explained

Why is it that lefties only bother with three of Jonathan Haidt’s moral concerns while righties care about all six? My current column in Catholic World Report explains it all for you. (It also tells you who Jonathan Haidt is in case you’re not up on all that.)

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Accentuating the positive

I have a piece up at Crisis Magazine about the work that’s needed to present Catholic doctrine in a way that it can be understood.

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Essay on Christopher Alexander

An essay or book review I wrote on architectural theorist Christopher Alexander’s theory of order has appeared in the International Journal of Architectural Research. Here’s the special issue in which the piece appears.

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Tyranny of Liberalism now an e-book

Just a couple of days ago I was saying it hadn’t happened, but it turns out that ISI has brought out my first book, The Tyranny of Liberalism, in Kindle and Nook editions.

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The Church and the world after Vatican II

My current column at Catholic World Report discusses how extremely demanding Paul VI’s vision of the Council was, how the world has been much too willful and strong and Catholic flesh and blood too weak, and what needs to be done to retrieve the situation somewhat.

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Tradition vindicated

That’s the topic of my latest column at Crisis Magazine.

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Nature in an unnatural age

I have a piece at the Catholic World Report weblog on the absurdity and necessity of natural law arguments in a moralistic technocracy.

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Carrying on the battle

My latest column at Catholic World Report says we’re not going to be able to slide through the current situation by lying low and waiting until it all blows over. The issues are too basic.

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The one, the many, and inclusion

My latest piece at Crisis Magazine discusses good fences, good neighbors, the One, the Many, and inclusiveness.

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A necessary book

[The following review appeared in the June, 2014 issue of Chronicles:]

We have been enduring the cultural revolution of liberal modernity. It is hard to say exactly when that revolution began, but it took a great step forward in the 60’s, when social and religious tradition lost its last shreds of public authority, and another after the collapse of communism freed it to go wherever it wanted without a serious external check.

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Today’s totalitarians

Thomas Bertonneau has a review of Against Inclusiveness up at The University Bookman that deals with a variety of themes in the book that others haven’t much touched on.

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Where's this headed?

In a blog entry at Catholic World Report, I comment on incipient second thoughts about the direction liberalism is going from Democratic commentator Kirsten Powers.

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How religious is natural law?

In the Crisis piece mentioned in the previous entry, I suggested the relationship between the two was ambiguous. A blogger who wants to maintain a strong distinction between natural law and religion called me on it, so I had to develop my thoughts a little.

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Socrates among the sophists

I have a brace of new pieces up, one at Crisis Magazine about how bad ideological pluralism is and one at Catholic World Report on Socratic questioning as a weapon against technocracy.

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Lent and technocracy

Those are the topics of my two most recent online columns, one at Crisis Magazine about how to infuse politics with a bit more soul, and one at Catholic World Report about why the Church can’t possibly use modern public language to speak to modern man.

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Rebuilding Christendom

I make the pitch for mild Catholic separatism in my current column at Catholic World Report.

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