Why Not Wife-Swapping?

By |2018-02-25T21:17:28-06:00February 25th, 2018|Categories: Culture, Homosexual Unions, Justice, Liberty, Marriage, Thomas R. Ascik|

In December, the Supreme Court decided not to hear a case that proposed to extend the Court’s sexual freedom cases to wife-swapping. In Coker v. Whittington, two sheriff’s deputies in Bossier Parish, Louisiana, and their wives agreed to swap spouses, and each deputy began living with the opposite deputy’s wife. Invoking his office’s code [...]

How Reform Laws Backfire

By |2019-03-11T14:25:38-05:00February 20th, 2018|Categories: Barack Obama, Economics, Education, Justice, Liberal Learning, Politics, Rule of Law|

If a reform produces unintended consequences of a troubling sort, succeeding generations of reformers will make use of those consequences not to undo the original reform, but rather to call for new action that requires an ever-larger federal government… All reforms are notorious for their unintended consequences; liberal reforms are noteworthy for something that [...]

Russell Kirk’s Unfinished Justice

By |2019-09-19T17:31:32-05:00February 11th, 2018|Categories: Aristotle, Bradley J. Birzer, History, Justice, Plato, Russell Kirk|

Russell Kirk thought that because justice is rooted in nature and because in its perfection transcends all time and space, one can innately observe virtue in the actions of wise women and men. Such observation of our heroes and those we admire might be the best teacher in our current day, serving as reminders of [...]

Socrates Rises With Christ

By |2019-08-27T17:13:23-05:00July 29th, 2017|Categories: Christian Humanism, Christianity, Fr. James Schall, Justice, Plato, Reason|

The completion of Plato lies in the resurrection, in the reality that sees not just the immortality of the soul but the acting person as the source of all reason… Is there any way to bring political philosophy and revelation, Athens and Jerusalem, into a coherent, non-contradictory relation to each other without undermining the [...]

A Miscarriage of Justice? The Trial of Mary Surratt

By |2017-07-06T20:11:59-05:00July 6th, 2017|Categories: Abraham Lincoln, American Republic, Civil War, History, Justice, South|

Whether or not Mary Surratt participated in the conspiracy to kill Abraham Lincoln will never be known with certainty. But we can judge definitively the manner in which federal authorities obtained her conviction, and ultimately her execution… “Passion governs, and she never governs wisely,” wrote Benjamin Franklin to Joseph Galloway in 1775.[1] Wise words [...]

The Natural Law Jurisprudence of Russell Hittinger

By |2019-11-12T15:26:15-06:00March 24th, 2017|Categories: Constitution, Featured, Justice, Rule of Law|

Natural law jurisprudence seems to be our only salvation—the only way to re-establish the proper hierarchy of laws, the only way to put the prudence back in American jurisprudence… The First Grace: Rediscovering the Natural Law in a Post-Christian World, by Russell Hittinger (ISI Books, 2002) As a professor of political science, I am [...]

Why Our Legal System is Failing Us

By |2017-05-17T21:22:10-05:00March 20th, 2017|Categories: Bruce Frohnen, Culture, Ethics, Featured, Justice, Politics, Rule of Law|

The slow disintegration of our legal system will continue apace until and unless judges, in particular, cease acting as if the legal system they serve either does not need or does not deserve their active support… Americans’ attitudes toward lawyers and the legal system are filled with ironies. We complain that lawyers are money-grubbing [...]

Will the Wicked Be Punished?

By |2019-07-10T23:23:39-05:00January 15th, 2017|Categories: Aristotle, Capitalism, Christianity, Civil Society, George Stanciu, Justice, Morality, St. John's College|

To shun wickedness, to care for our souls, and to love one another without looking for rewards, if followed by all, would turn injustice, now a constant companion of human life, into a stranger… In his 2005 masterpiece, Match Point, Woody Allen explores moral failing in a universe governed by chance, or what the protagonist [...]

The Inspector Morse Mysteries and a Lost Eden

By |2019-01-10T13:57:31-06:00January 5th, 2017|Categories: Christianity, Justice, Mystery, Oxford University, Television|

In the murder mystery, the portrayal of an apparent Eden is broken by the intrusion of crime, and the specific crime of murder, so that by the intervention of clever and wise persons the social world can be healed and order restored… There’s a wonderful moment in one of the old Inspector Morse shows—the [...]

Justice: An Art Form?

By |2019-11-19T17:25:42-06:00September 3rd, 2016|Categories: Conservatism, Featured, John Locke, Justice, Plato, Russell Kirk, Virtue|

Calls for “social justice” have a bad habit of appearing in caricature: the throwback hippiedom of Occupy Wall Street, the race-baiting rallies of Al Sharpton and other hucksters, the abortion proponents who think the First Amendment was written to protect their “right” to dress up as genitalia. If ever “social justice” was a content-rich [...]

Fight or Feast? Socrates and the Purpose of Rhetoric

By |2020-02-24T12:20:31-06:00May 12th, 2016|Categories: Beauty, Community, Culture, Featured, Justice, Socrates, Virtue, Wyoming Catholic College|

Is rhetoric simply a fight, or is it part of a feast that is for the good of both the individual and the polis—as a feast is for the sustenance of ourselves, but more importantly, for the communion of a Body, of a community? Callicles says, “‘Too late for a share in the fight,’ [...]

Virtue, Courage, & Moderation in Plato’s “Statesman”

By |2018-07-12T21:37:40-05:00April 15th, 2016|Categories: Classics, Featured, Justice, Peter Kalkavage, Plato, St. John's College, Virtue|

I want to begin by saying how my theme is related to justice. Plato and Aristotle often connect justice with wholeness. And it is wholeness—the whole of virtue and the whole of a political community—that is very much at issue, and at risk, in Plato’s Statesman. Perhaps at risk as well is the wholeness [...]

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