Monthly Archives: June 2017

What are conservatives trying to conserve?

Writing at NRO, Andrew McCarthy sums up a point that is often made, though perhaps not often enough:  in America, most conservatives aren’t trying to conserve a monarchy, or blood & soil nationalism, but an idea that remains radical even … Continue reading

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Sources of political violence

An intelligent and even-handed political piece in Vanity Fair that I think you will appreciate. I especially like the “rules to remember” strewn throughout the piece to make his point.  E.g., The obnoxious interruptions over the weekend of a Central Park … Continue reading

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Counterpoint: The case for restricting hate speech

Laura Beth Nielsen writes in the LA Times: As s a sociologist and legal scholar, I struggle to explain the boundaries of free speech to undergraduates. Despite the 1st Amendment—I tell my students—local, state, and federal laws limit all kinds of … Continue reading

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Immigration Has Changed the Progressive Movement

Jason Richwine writes that Immigration Has Changed the Progressive Movement Peter Beinart has an excellent essay in The Atlantic on how the American Left has shifted on immigration. Just a decade ago, he writes, progressive intellectuals such as Glenn Greenwald, Paul … Continue reading

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Free Speech Isn’t Always a Tool of Virtue

More on free speech, this time from Jonah Goldberg in Free Speech Isn’t Always a Tool of Virtue: There’s a tension so deep in how we think about free expression, it should rightly be called a paradox. On the one hand, … Continue reading

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Knocking down the ‘wall of separation’ between church & state

h/t Ian Tuttle in Bernie Sanders, Theocrat: Between Vought and Farron, one can get a sense of the bizarre position in which many orthodox religious believers find themselves today: that of having their views dictated to them by people who … Continue reading

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8-0 Matal v. Tam decision

h/t David French writing at NRO: The Court has long held that the Constitution protects all but the narrowest categories of speech. Yet time and again, governments (including colleges) have tried to regulate “offensive” speech. Time and again, SCOTUS has defended free expression. … Continue reading

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