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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 […]

Mike's Blog Round Up

David E's Fablog - we've seen this movie before; Right Wing Watch - David Horowitz: still crazy after all these years; Roger Ailes (the good) - Ross Douthat: still loathsome after all these years; Sadly, No! - they're running for granny-starver-in-chief; The...Show More Summary

Ross Douthat’s “red pill” garbage: How his take on privilege is just a defense of the powerful

The New York Times columnist says he wants to complicate how we see power, but all he does it flatten it

ROSS DOUTHAT: Checking Charlie Hebdo’s Privilege. “Trudeau did not exactly say they had it comin…

ROSS DOUTHAT: Checking Charlie Hebdo’s Privilege. “Trudeau did not exactly say they had it coming, but he passed judgment on their sins — not the sin of blasphemy, but the sin of picking a politically unsuitable target for their jabs.... But on the contemporary left, the theory’s simplicity is becoming a kind […]

A Non-Conspiracy of Douthat’s

The New York Times' Ross Douthat acknowledges the obvious parallel between gay and interracial marriage--and meets it head on with a full helping of historical ignorance.

Reporters, In Particular, Should Read This

Ross Douthat interviewed himself on religious liberty. Note that he writes at the New York Times and no reporter there bothered to interview him on these issues. They should have. The post Reporters, In Particular, Should Read This appeared first on RedState.

ROSS DOUTHAT: Interview With A Christian. “After watching the debate about religious freedom unfol…

ROSS DOUTHAT: Interview With A Christian. “After watching the debate about religious freedom unfold over the past week, I decided to subject myself to an interview by an imaginary — but representative — member of the press.” Well, it’s a lot smarter than that Gary Tuchman CNN florist interview that they were — rightly — […]

Answering Ross Douthat

This week Ross Douthat challenged critics of Indiana's RFRA with a series of questions. Guest writer Alan Scott answers them.

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