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Excommunication: A Response to Alan Wolfe

Read this essay online only at The New Republic.


March 6, 2007 at 8:00 am

Excommunication for Thee…

This essay originally appeared in The Weekly Standard.

Alan Wolfe is a distinguished public intellectual. He is professor of political science and director of the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life at Boston College. He is a longtime contributing editor to the New Republic. He is a frequent contributor to the Sunday New York Times Book Review. And over the course of many years, he has earned a reputation for overcoming political cant and scholarly rigidities to write penetratingly for the public about American political ideas and institutions. (more…)

February 26, 2007 at 8:00 am

The Longer Way

This essay originally appeared in Why I Turned Right: Leading Baby Boom Conservatives Chronicle Their Political Journeys, ed. Mary Eberstadt (Simon and Schuster, 2007).


February 1, 2007 at 8:00 am

The Ambiguities of Rawls’s Influence

This essay originally appeared in Perspectives on Politics, a journal of the American Political Science Association, Vol. 4, No. 1, March 2006, pp. 121-127.


March 1, 2006 at 8:00 am

Democracy’s Challenge

Read this essay at Democracy Dialogues, an internet site produced and maintained by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Information Programs.

As the 21st century unfolds, democracy – a system of government in which the people choose their leaders in regular, free, fair and competitive elections – has emerged as the regime of choice for nations around the world. This does not mean that history has ended, that by some steady and inexorable process all countries will eventually and sooner rather than later embrace democracy, or that contemporary thinkers have at last discovered the one final and true model of good government. It does mean that, with increasing frequency, when people are given the choice – not just in North America and Western Europe but also in South America and Eastern Europe and Asia and the Middle East and Africa – they prefer to have a say in how they are governed; they want to hold those who hold political office accountable; they want laws based on persuasion rather than imposed through violence; and they want government to protect individual freedom and secure equality before the law. (more…)


September 22, 2005 at 8:00 am

Enlightenment Rightly Understood

This book review originally appeared in Policy Review.

Gertrude Himmelfarb. The Roads to Modernity: The British, French, and American Enlightenments. Alfred A. Knopf. 284 pages. $25.00

Recent events could cause one to wonder whether we live in an enlightened age. (more…)


December 1, 2004 at 8:00 am

Introduction to Varieties of Progressivism in America

Read the Introduction to Varieties of Progressivism in America, ed. Peter Berkowitz, Hoover Institution Press, 2004.


November 1, 2004 at 8:00 am

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