2011-09-23

Date: 
Friday, September 23, 2011

Can We Talk about Abortion?

Dennis O’Brien In February, I received an invitation to speak about abortion to a Catholic student group at a prestigious law school. The student who contacted me...

Another Bad Ceiling

Social Security has been an object of suspicion ever since it began in 1935. Conservative critics warned it would be a stalking horse for socialism, the death of...

Priestly Tales

VestmentsJohn ReimringerMilkweed Editions, $25, 407 pp.The Rhetoric of DeathJudith RockBerkley Books/Penguin Press, $15, 376 pp. It’s refreshing to encounter...

Follow the Losers

In The Conservative Mind (1953), Russell Kirk argued that the American Revolution had mainly been “a conservative reaction, in the English political tradition,...

Refuge

My monsignor uncle, Fr. Jack, and Aunt Gert, his sister, were something of a cliché in the Irish-Catholic universe in which I grew up: the unmarried sister who...

Back to Bacevich

The Book Of Jobs I write in appreciation of Andrew Bacevich’s “Selling Our Souls” (August 12). Perhaps like him, I have felt alarm walking into a lifeless room...

Voices

There is a world When the gramophone makes music in a room Lifted in green leaves. Voices of the opera that Mozart wrote Sing in the morning, Chaste and passionate...

The New Normal?

Despite the paralysis in Washington, D.C., there is a consensus that job creation is a prime policy objective. A new analysis of American employment from the...

The Septuagint

The seventy-two elders sequestered by Ptolemy Philadelphus in chambers, a cell for every scholar, were told by the King of Egypt: “Translate the books of Moshe,...

An Indispensable Nation?

The American raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan has heightened suspicion of Pakistani double-dealing and laid bare the strained relationship between the...

Revenge of the Neets

As I watched the rioting in London last month snowball from the suburbs to the center of the city and then beyond the capital, it was easy to be reminded of...

Endangered Species?

The Arab Spring began with the “Jasmine Revolution” in Tunisia (a name stemming from Tunisia’s national flower). The immediate cause of the revolution in Tunisia...