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    This past weekend I enjoyed seeing the latest installment of Marvel’s Avenger franchise, Captain America: Winter Soldier. I must confess that I have a somewhat juvenile curiosity toward these recent rounds of “super” mania films. I don’t care so much…

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    Can a Generation Own the Earth?

    by Bruce Frohnen

    “The earth belongs always to the living generation.” These are not Thomas Jefferson’s most famous words, but they are quite famous among students of politics. They have been used for generations to justify radical political change. And, like the soaring…

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    Rethinking Civil Rights

    by Stephen M. Krason

    I was recently on a radio program commenting about the U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down Arizona’s law requiring proof of citizenship when people register to vote. One caller seemed quite happy with the decision because, it seemed, he believed…

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    The Demise of Legitimate Political Authority

    by Christopher Manion

    Some forty years ago, in his groundbreaking study, Twilight of Authority, sociologist Robert Nisbet observed a disturbing trend in American culture. As respect for authority had declined among the population, he wrote, members of that population became increasingly willing to…

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    A Declaration of Catholic Independence

    by Christopher Shannon

    G. K. Chesterton once described America as a “nation with the soul of a church.”  Many have wrongly interpreted this statement as Chesterton’s way of saying that America was a Christian nation, or that Americans were especially pious and devout…

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    Faith and Freedom: Why Liberty Requires Christianity

    by Joseph Pearce

    In an age that seems to believe that Christianity is an obstacle to liberty it will prove provocative to insist, contrary to such belief, that Christian faith is essential to liberty’s very existence. Yet, as counter-intuitive as it may seem…

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    Life, Liberty and Mercy: One Catholic’s Contribution to American Political Discourse

    by Christopher Shannon

    Cardinal Timothy Dolan chose “Let Freedom Ring!” as the title of his recent talk before the John Carroll Society in Washington, DC. And it now appears to be the rallying cry for faithful Catholics seeking to engage the upcoming presidential…

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    For Greater Glory: Relevance Beyond Mexico

    by Patrick Fagan

    For Greater Glory, a romanticized movie about Mexico’s Cristero War in the 1920s, will appeal to Catholics. And to lovers of freedom to worship. And to Americans who cherish the Second Amendment’s right to bear arms, for it portrays precisely…

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    Hegel to the Rescue (sort of)

    by Michael S. Greve

    This article orignally appeared at Library of Law and Liberty Constitutionalism is in crisis—obviously in Europe, more arguably in America. High on the list of intellectual breakthroughs that might help us sort through our contemporary confusions is George Friedrich Wilhelm…

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    We Hold These Truths

    by Robert Yates

    Whenever the topic of personal liberty is debated, it is unfortunate that the liberty to do evil is often what is at stake. On one side there are libertines, or those who are at best morally indifferent, arguing that morally…

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    Roger Williams and The Creation of the American Soul: Church, State, and the Birth of Liberty

    by Rev. Michael P. Orsi

    The role of individual conscience and religion in American society has been debated since the arrival of the first English settlers. The original intent of the Puritans was to establish a theocracy in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. John Winthrop, its…

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    The Obesity of Eros

    by Pete Jermann

    Among the furrow browed and the gravely concerned, particularly those not tipping the scales beyond the approved standard, obesity is the current social chancre crying out for their enlightened solutions. But for the enlightened, though less than corpulent, to isolate…

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    Man, Proud Man

    by Christopher O. Blum

    Paradox and irony immediately confront the historian of liberalism. Commonly understood as the tradition of political thought and action that exalts the liberty of the individual, liberalism has, nevertheless, always included within its ranks men such as John C. Calhoun…

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    Why Religious Freedom?

    by James Stoner

    When the Witherspoon Institute’s task force on religious freedom released its monograph, Religious Freedom: Why Now?, earlier this month, the answer to the question in the title seemed obvious.  The controversy occasioned by the Obama Administration’s mandate that all health…

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    Would Jesus’ Ministry Even Qualify for the Exemption?

    by Sheila Gribben Liaugminas

    Since the administration keeps insisting it made an “exemption” or “accommodation” for religious objection to the Obama contraceptive mandate, let’s take a closer look at what exactly that is. In the words of Adma Uddin, a Becket Fund for Religious…

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    Progressive Inhumanity, Part Two: The State against the Churches

    by Anthony Esolen

    A small town in Vermont has recently been ordered to cease its immemorial tradition of opening meetings with a prayer.  The order came from a judge who does not live near.  A public school in the city where I am…

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    Speaking Loudly About Human Liberty

    by Cord Hamrick

    A Loudly-Delivered Homily Recently this video, of a homily given by Father Sammie Maletta of St. John the Evangelist parish in St. John, Indiana, has been making the rounds of the Catholic blogosphere. Give it a listen, if you will. My…

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    Leviathan Groaning

    by Anthony Esolen

    On June 25, 2009, a seven year old boy was abducted at gunpoint from his terrified parents. They had just boarded a plane to fly to the country where the boy’s mother had been born, and where her kin still…

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    Obama Obeys the Feminists Again

    by Phyllis Schlafly

    Proclaiming in a New York Times headline that “Obama Adjusts a Rule Covering Contraceptives,” the pro-Obama media tried to dig the president out of the political hole he had jumped into. But calling Obama’s revised rule an “adjustment” or an…

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    Illusions and Realities: The Pope Dissents Too

    by Michael Novak

    That Americans should beware of materialism, consumerism, and excessive individualism was one of Pope John Paul II’s major themes on his second visit to America. The pope lives in Europe, and Europeans have long held that Americans are peculiarly materialistic….

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