September 15, 2016




Jack Quirk

That neither of the major political parties embodies Catholic social teaching to any significant degree has been pointed out in these pages as well as elsewhere, and many a sincere Catholic confronts this situation with anxiety as to how to vote in a manner that will satisfy his conscience. Some have suggested that the best route lies in the formation of a third political party that will seek the implementation of the entirety of Catholic teaching in its platform. But there is an overwhelming obstacle to overcome in the context of the United States electoral system for anyone who wants to develop a third political party that has any chance of electoral success. A thought experiment will demonstrate why this is the case. More…

Doran Hunter

Noam Chomsky and political scientist John Halle have recently co-authored an influential short statement in favor of “lesser evil voting” (LEV):  voting for who you want when there is no possibility of the greater evil candidate winning and, when there is a possibility of the greater evil candidate winning—that is, in swing states—voting for the lesser evil candidate. More…

Kirk G. Morrison

Americans appear to have mixed attitudes regarding the issue of immigration. When Gallup asks respondents “Do you think immigration is a good thing or a bad thing for this country today?” 72% say it is a good. That figure is one of the highest approval rates since 2002, and at no time within that period have less than 52% said immigration was positive.  More…

Matthew F. Cooper

I recently had the pleasure of reading through Forging Political Compromise, a monograph written by Dr. Daniel Miller, formerly of the University of Pittsburgh, on the subject of interwar Czechoslovak democracy and how its fragile success ultimately depended on the long rule of peasant statesman Antonín Švehla. It’s a book which oughtn’t sit comfortably with a great many commentators on European history, though it provides a number of broad insights from what is essentially a scholarly sketch of a person (Švehla) and his political movement (the Czechoslovak Agrarians – later the Republican Party of Farmers and Peasants).  More…

Louis Rose

It is a presidential election year, and the winds of politics have taken over the troposphere. There are the fortunate ones who seem to be immune to this distempering disease, but the rest of us are inflicted with the symptoms of the malady, to include a continuous internal disquiet and the objectification of all political opponents. More…

Phil Ropp

Since this story is about my friend Eddie Guerrero, and Eddie has been a guest of the Michigan Department of Corrections for the past 45 years, it might seem odd that it starts out in Joe Nelson's Barbershop.  Joe Nelson’s Barbershop was in Alma, Michigan and Joe was widely regarded by those who knew him as being the best guy in town. More…





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