The Moral Hazard of Intervention

Professor Alan J. Kuperman of the University of Texas has done some interesting work studying the effect of America’s interventionism and the “emerging norm” that outside nations have a “Responsibility to Protect” citizens from their own government when that state becomes abusive. Kuperman’s paper “Rethinking the Responsibility to Protect” for the Whitehead Journal of Diplomacy and . . . → Read More: The Moral Hazard of Intervention

It Belongs to the Dead

Father Zuhlsdorf has made a pronouncement that Sancrosanctum Concilium, the famous Vatican II document on the Sacred Liturgy is wholly traditional, “wholly ours.”

Being a partisan of the old Latin Mass, I am glad that traditionally-minded Catholics are attempting to impose their meanings onto the document. But if we are to really reckon with what has happened . . . → Read More: It Belongs to the Dead

Bloggingheads Show Notes

Some people who watched my recent diavlog with the Rev. Chuck Currie were asking for me to extend my remarks, or at least clarify them. So let’s try that.

Mass immigration mostly benefits the upper middle class.

Yes, my thinking on that is pretty influenced by George Borjas. Borjas’ essay may be 14 years musty at this point, . . . → Read More: Bloggingheads Show Notes

Fear of a Talking Head

I was kindly asked to speak about immigration and faith on Bloggingheads.tv   The format was a little unfamiliar at first, so get used to watching me look down. Longtime fans may recognize the artwork floating behind . . . → Read More: Fear of a Talking Head

Nuke Iran, But In a Limited Way

Brian Doherty points out that Robert Kaplan has (tentatively) advanced the idea that America should get comfortable with the possibility of engaging in a totally reasonable, eminently realistic, exactingly limited nuclear war with Iran.

Kaplan advances this argument by conjuring up the ghost of the still-living Henry Kissinger, and concludes:

The search for certainty, he goes on, reduces . . . → Read More: Nuke Iran, But In a Limited Way

The Borders Between Justice and Mercy

In American Catholic parishes, the tension between the pews and the pulpit on immigration has been intense. Catholic bishops have argued for Comprehensive Reform with a generous amnesty or path to citizenship. But overwhelming majorities of Catholics have negative views of immigrants themselves and the immigration process. In a piece for the decidedly progressive (but independent-minded) . . . → Read More: The Borders Between Justice and Mercy

Who Can Americanize Muslims?

Ross Douthat has a smart column this week on how Islam is treated by red and blue America. The tensions were exposed by the nationwide scandal over the building of an Islamic cultural center in lower Manhattan, the supposed “Ground Zero Mosque.”

As Douthat explains it:

There’s an America where it doesn’t matter what language you speak, what . . . → Read More: Who Can Americanize Muslims?

Bad People Making Art About Jesus

I am in transit to my Jersey Shore vacation, but thought I’d leave the world with a provocation at The Awl.

Mel Gibson is a pretty bad guy it seems, but there’s no reason to let his faults ruin everything he did. And so, after many have come out to try and re-anathematize The Passion of the . . . → Read More: Bad People Making Art About Jesus

Judge, By All Means

Roger Berkowitz has a very smart piece in the latest issue of Democracy on how Americans have given up on judging others and in turn given up on justice itself. He begins with the reluctance of media outlets to call torture what it is, but moves on to talk about how Bush was justified in calling . . . → Read More: Judge, By All Means