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To Dissolve the People and Elect Another

Protesters against Donald Trump’s inauguration are flooding to DC and putting forth their best effort to ensure that there will be a second Trump inauguration to protest four years from now. I’m not boasting or gloating about this outcome. I didn’t want there to be a first Trump inauguration, and I probably won’t be too […]

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Idle Minds Are the Culture War’s Workshop

Why are we suddenly having a full-blown culture war right now? Why is the news so dominated by gay marriage and abortion and the Confederate flag and witch hunts against supposedly sexist scientists? With all of the big economic and foreign policy issues still hanging out there, from ObamaCare to the debt to the impending […]

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Be Kind to Bigots

President Obama’s speech Monday on the fight against terrorism was notable for a number of things, including the fact that the candidate who once railed against “endless war” is now the president promising a “generational” struggle. Even more remarkable is the thing that will ensure the struggle goes on forever: the president’s insistence that, “Ideologies […]

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King v. Burwell v. Marbury v. Madison

It’s time to add another item to the list of discarded liberal pieties: judicial review. The Supreme Court is no longer here to hold the executive branch accountable to the Constitution or the letter of the law. It’s here to run interference for the executive, to help it rewrite the law to fit its needs. […]

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Seven Liberal Pieties Only the Right Still Believes

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve increasingly had the experience of saying things that would have been considered pieties in the liberal catechism when I was young—and which now will get you labeled as a howling reactionary. In retrospect, this is partly because the left didn’t always mean some of the ideals it used to pronounce […]

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America’s Cautionary Tale on Gay Marriage

Ireland is currently engulfed in a bitter debate over a national referendum on gay marriage to be held this Friday. They could draw some useful lessons from America’s own little experiment with gay marriage—which turns out to be a cautionary tale about what can go wrong. My own position on gay marriage has run the […]

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The Paradox of Dogma

If you try to shut down public debate, is this a way of ensuring that you win—or an admission that you have already lost? The question seems relevant today, because the most remarkable characteristic of our current national debate is that one side wants desperately to stamp it out whenever it occurs. Recently, for example, […]

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Nothing Outside the State

What interests and concerns me about the fight over Indiana’s religious freedom law is not its implication for gay weddings and whether pizza will be served at them. Much more important are the basic principles that are being invoked to argue against the Indiana law. These arguments set out to define religious freedom out of […]

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What Is Ted Cruz Running For?

LYNCHBURG, VA – What is Ted Cruz running for? I mean, he’s running for president, of course. But for what reason is he running? What is his goal, how is he selling himself to the voters—and what does he want to do with the office if he gets it? The Federalist asked me to go […]

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Social Realist Sex

Editor’s Note: The article below was published as part of the first annual Sex Week at The Federalist, which was apparently something of a first for a prominent conservative publication. The other articles were from a conservative perspective and ranged from better to worse. I took the opportunity to present, as I put it below, […]

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