Matthew Boudway

Matthew Boudway is an associate editor of Commonweal.

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The term "dhimmitude" originally referred to the second-class status of non-Muslims living in any Muslim-majority country whose laws officially favor Islamic norms and practices. Religious minorities, such as Christian and Jews, may be tolerated in such a country, but they are also discriminated against. In exchange for security they must accept special cultural and legal constraints from which their Muslim neighbors are free. The term is of recent vintagethough its Arab root, dhimmi,is notand it remains controversial among historians.

Neil Barofsky on the bailout

From last night's episode ofThe Daily Show:


Michael Lewis on "The Trouble with Wall Street"

Helen Rittelmeyer on sex and ambition at Yale

John Banville on Rilke's Letters to a Young Poet

William Deresiewicz on why he's not a novelistor a poet

Religious liberty & the rights of conscience

To what extent is religious liberty reducible to the rights of conscience? That is one of the questions Brian Leiter's new book, Why Tolerate Religion?, tries to answer. It's a question that's been on my mind again since the Department of Health and Human Services announced its new proposal for accommodating nonprofit religious organizations, such as hospitals and universities, but not private employers, such as the Hobby Lobby.

Alleva & Zizek on 'Zero Dark Thirty'

In his review of Zero Dark Thirty, which appears in the February 8 issue of Commonweal, Richard Alleva defends the film's controversial treatment of torture:

Ceteris Paribus

Featured on the homepage is Charles Michael Andres Clark's response to a recent column by David Brooks. Clark points out that long-term fiscal forecasts, which debt scolds cite with as much confidence as alarm, are notoriously unreliable, because they assume that the future will be an extension of current trends.


New York magazine's Jonathan Chait on Republican rhetoric about debt:

Why do the neoconservatives loathe Chuck Hagel?

Because the mere mention of his name reminds them and everyone else that they were wrong about the invasion of Iraq, something most of them still deny and the rest try to forget. The few who admit they were mistaken usually claim that no blame attaches to their error because it was universal: everyone of any importance was wrong, so no one was wrong to be wrong. Conversely, if someone was right, that just proves that he wasn't someone of importance: why else would his objections at the time have been so easily ignored? Or it proves he secretly wanted Bush's foreign policy to fail.

'First what He is inquire'




Behold a silly, tender Babe,

     In freezing winter night,

In homely manger trembling lies;

     Alas! a piteous sight.


The inns are full; no man will yield

     This little pilgrim bed;

But forced he is with silly beasts

     In crib to shroud his head.


'Catholic Instead of What?'

Alasdair MacIntyre's presentation at the annual conference of the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture.

Alasdair MacIntyre "Catholic Instead of What?" Response by Sean Kelsey from ND Center for Ethics and Culture on Vimeo.