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In the opening pages of her book The Need for Roots, the French philosopher Simone Weil sets about the task of identifying the fundamental needs of man. In her analysis, Weil largely ignores the question of rights, but instead focuses on what human beings must have if we are to lead a life fit for […]
There are many reasons the Right is losing the culture war and one of them is risk aversion. When one hears of “helicopter parenting”, it is often in reference to physical risks. Don’t eat that snack that touched the floor — it could make you sick! Don’t ride your bike through the woods — you […]
I have to say I am a bit heartbroken over Scalia’s passing. Antonin Scalia was a personal hero of mine. As an Italian-American and a conservative and a Catholic I was so proud of him. It is my perception that until Scalia hit the national scene, Italian-Americans and Catholics were predominantly center-left on the political […]
There are advantages to belonging to a denomination—Unitarian-Universalism— that allows and even encourages its members to speak in a variety of what a Catholic priest friend has described as “the rich variety of human spiritual languages.” There is value, too, in the attempt to agree upon a kind of spiritual Esperanto in which we might speak […]