Life after Dobbs

  After a life spent in daily journalism, I am coming to believe that you have to watch the little stuff in daily life in order to acquire some intellectual hold on the big stuff. Add up a lot of little stuff, after appropriate sorting, and you may arrive at a depiction, or...
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Roe: The Arch-Problem of Modern Times

  . . . But say there hadn’t been a media leak from the vicinity of the U.S. Supreme Court, and say we didn’t know, or couldn’t intuit, how the Court means to rule this summer on Roe v. Wade’s constitutional sanctity, or lack of it. That would have meant . . . what, exactly,...
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Trust Not in Judicial Princes

  Oddly—or maybe it’s not odd after all, given the power of habit—Americans have come to consider the United States Supreme Court as, well, supreme: garlanded, perfumed, raised in immensity over imperfect surroundings. Or—as Ol’ Blue Eyes put it in a lus...
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Erika Bachiochi Channels Mary Wollstonecraft

  So how’d we get here anyway?—this place, this time we live in, with its vacant predicate for the moral responsibilities of human life? A question at least as tangled follows hard on the first one: Given that we’re where we are, what do we do? I invite suggestions. Erika...
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Cantankerous Anti-Birthers

My sainted mother (1911-2003), a woman of old-timey Southern graces, was wont to smooth down the edges of her expostulations; e.g., “If it’s not one ‘d’ thing, it’s another!” With embedded “d” or not, I never have diverged much from that magisterial judgment on the human race’s...
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Dobbs v. Jackson: Folly—and Furor

Every day, the beneficence and wisdom of our public “expert” class look less beneficent, and certainly less wise. There’s Covid; there’s public schooling and job opportunity; there’s race relations; there’s government spending. To which well-known topics, let’s join abortion and...
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The Wages of Population Meddling

“When will they evvvvv-er learn?,” as Peter, Paul, and Mary used emotionally to warble, to the accompaniment of guitars. Probably never. Meddling seems woven into the human character. But watching the meddlers squirm and slap their foreheads, as in China and elsewhere, can be fun...
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How to Assess the 2020 Election

I’m just coming off a long Andrew Sullivan blog post, and I beg my gentle readers not to think less of me for poking into the thought processes of a writer who is not, by general definition—or for that matter his own—the hottest new pledge bro for Knights of Columbus. I don’t...
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HOT TOPIC: THE CITIZENS JUST GET ON WITH IT

      You can tell we’re getting restless — twitching and twisting and otherwise maneuvering ourselves into the familiar postures that characterized life, say, last January.  We’re homesick: sick of being at home and making allowances for spouses, children, boarders, ...
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HOT TOPIC: WILLIAM MURCHISON “BY THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH”

        I am finding people, in their common befuddlement, being just people; carrying on friendly conversations with strangers in the check-out line — while observing a prim and proper 6-foot distance;  entering or re-entering relationships based on the common peril (or...
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