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Ross Douthat is a clueless scold: How he just exposed the bankruptcy of conservatives’ anti-gay marriage arguments

The New York Times scribe laments last week's marriage decision, with the usual hand-wringing & cherry-picked data

The Supreme Court Decides: A Conversation

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The magazine’s Emily Bazelon and the Op-Ed columnist Ross Douthat discuss the court’s decisions on the Affordable Care Act, same-sex marriage and more.

Laudato Si: What's Missing, What's Not

Pope Francis' encyclical Laudato Si, released a few days ago, certainly has stirred a great deal of comment, much of it negative. Consider, for example, the New York Times' columnist Ross Douthat's response. And that's just the tip of the iceberg. The "letter" is huge, with 246 paragraphs divided among six chapters. Show More Summary

The Pope’s Encyclical

The first thing I noticed about Pope Francis’s Encyclical is that the following people are screaming at him to shut up: Ross Douthat thinks Papa Francisco is an alarmist who hates modernity. He especially objects to implications that Capitalism is hurting the poor, because even poor people have toothbrushes now, or something. Rich Lowry criticizes the […]

Ahimsa-based Morality

As you know I generally ignore Ross Douthat. The boy’s not that bright, and his views on just about anything are rigidly predictable. But I got sucked into reading a blog post by Ross because of the title — “The Liberalism of Adult Autonomy.” Yeah, respecting the autonomy of adult humans is a pretty liberal […]

Ross Douthat’s polygamy cluelessness: What the New York Times scold misses about plural marriage & equality

Is polygamy the next frontier for progressives? Probably not, but that doesn't mean it isn't worth talking about

ROSS DOUTHAT: The Prospects for Polygamy. “I feel safe predicting that polygamy will not be legall…

ROSS DOUTHAT: The Prospects for Polygamy. “I feel safe predicting that polygamy will not be legally recognized, with fanfare and trumpets, in 2025. But it might be recognized in 2040, with a shrug.”

The Relative Importance of Poverty to Catholicism

At the New York Times, Ross Douthat has called out liberals who think, and declare, that churches today are more focused on “culture war” issues like abortion and homosexuality than on poverty. Ridiculous, says Douthat. Religious organizations spend only “a few hundred million dollars” on pro-life causes and “traditional marriage” but tens of billions on charities, […]

Do Liberals Fail the Churches?

May 18, 2015 Posted by Jay Livingston Ross Douthat calls out liberals who think, and declare, that churches today are more focused on “culture war” issues like abortion and homosexuality than on poverty. Ridiculous, says Douthat. Religious...Show More Summary

Wednesday assorted links

1. Ross Douthat responds on Scottish secession. 2. The career effects of scientific retraction. 3. Thwarted Korean markets in everything. 4. Can Tinder bring peace to the Middle East? 5. Obituary for Chris Burden.  And obituary for Peter Gay. 6. Hou Hsiao-Hsien has a martial arts movie at Cannes.

How would we know if we won the War on Poverty?

(May 6, 2015 11:26 AM, by Scott Sumner) Ross Douthat recently made this observation: 1.) The modern welfare state has succeeded in substantially cutting our country's poverty rate. This is a point that both right and left sometimes obscure, the right because it complicates a simple "we fought... (0 COMMENTS)

Right-wing media’s big con: Why privileged, powerful conservatives pretend they’re underdog insurgents

David Frum and Ross Douthat's response to Garry Trudeau and Charlie Hebdo/PEN debate is disingenuous and dishonest

Tuesday assorted links

1. Interest-bearing securities when interest rates are below zero. 2. Problems with trading water in California. 3. Is the market for college coaches efficient? 4. Might LSD make a comeback in Norway? 5. Ross Douthat summary statement of what we know about the war on poverty.

Unions and Criminal Justice

Ross Douthat points out that police unions make it harder “to discipline, suspend and fire police officers who don’t belong on the streets.” Charles Lane, last year, explained that the correctional-officers union in Maryland has also abetted corruption and misconduct.

ROSS DOUTHAT: Our Police Union Problem. All public employee unions should be banned. But people w…

ROSS DOUTHAT: Our Police Union Problem. All public employee unions should be banned. But people who carry guns for a living especially shouldn’t be unionized.

Same-Sex 'Marriage'

A couple of articles that I may or may not have time to comment on. Ross Douthat, The Wild Ideas of Social Conservatives James Jacobs, Is Homosexual Marriage Even Possible? Here are my entries on marriage and 'marriage.'

The Next Step in Progressive Totalitarianism?

A month ago, I took a stab at answering Ross Douthat’s questions about what awaits us down the path that progressivism wants to take this country. If any progressive has seriously contested my answers, I missed it. One of my answersShow More Summary

Hillary Clinton’s “Bitter Clinger” Moment

I’ve been reading the distressed meepings of people like Maggie Gallagher, Ross Douthat and Rod Dreher lately because I am mean-spirited enough to relish the schadenfreude as gay rights opponents are swept to sea by a turning tide. There’s...Show More Summary

Marco Rubio is running for people, not against things

More than other 2016 presidential entrants Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., seems to have positively affected, even excited, Republicans. Ross Douthat writes, "Rubio more than most candidates fits the way most Republicans want to think about their party and ideology and cause." There is much to that,...

What’s Marco Rubio’s secret?

More than other 2016 presidential entrants Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) seems to have positively affected, even excited, Republicans. Ross Douthat writes, “Rubio more than most candidates fits the way most Republicans want to think about their party and ideology and cause.” There is much to that, and certainly Republicans want to get away from the dig that they […]

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