ROSS DOUTHAT: Blasphemy Revisited. “So if you want to argue that Islam’s treatment at the hands of cartoonists and other critics deserves to be condemned, you need a stronger argument than, ‘self-censorship around people’s deeply-held religious beliefs is the normal Western way.’ It simply isn’t; what’s being invoked here is a special kind of protection […]
Even Ross Douthat came out swinging yesterday in favor of the slain cartoonists of Charlie Hebdo (" The Blasphemy We Need "). Since it is difficult to find even one square inch of common ground between right and left in American politics, this ought to have come as good news. Show More Summary
I thought this Ross Douthat piece on Charlie Hebdo was terrific What we learn about infrastructure investment from the history of African railroads Morten Jerven makes some great points on the IMF-and-Ebola debate, and I comment I just learned that … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.
[guest post by Dana] From Ross Douthat: If a large enough group of someones is willing to kill you for saying something, then it’s something that almost certainly needs to be said, because otherwise the violent have veto power over liberal civilization, and when that scenario obtains it isn’t really a liberal civilization any more. […]
1. Ross Douthat, on “the blasphemy we need.” 2. “A thorough understanding of the Iconoclast period in Byzantium is complicated by the fact that most of the surviving sources were written by the ultimate victors in the controversy, the iconodules.” That is from Wikipedia on the Iconoclastic debates. 3. Against Daumier (splendid visuals too). 4. […]
The NYT columnist's list of "wrongs" in 2014 omits his most egregious mistakes around LGBTQ rights and racism
ROSS DOUTHAT: On The Liberal Marriage Hypothesis: But when you look specifically at sex itself, at patterns of actual sexual activity and their link to marital happiness and longevity, direct evidence for a permissiveness premium is extremely hard to find. And for women, almost all the the data points sharply in the opposite direction. Notwithstanding […]
Conservative Ross Douthat says racial turmoil is both sides' fault. Here's what he can learn from Chris Rock
ROSS DOUTHAT: The Wendy Davis Experiment: Notes On An Entirely Foreseeable Debacle. But even that joke is part of the point: The Christine O’Donnell thing really did happen more or less by accident, because she happened to be in the right place at the right time to catch an anti-establishment wave and win a primary […]
ROSS DOUTHAT: The Evaporating Democrat Majority. “These results are an implicit rebuke to an entire “past is prologue” school of political analysis and strategy, which looks at existing trends and assumes that they can only continue, watches winning strategies and assumes they can be perpetually repeated, projects demographic patterns forward and then passes judgment on […]
(Steven Hayward) Ross Douthat nails it in his NY Times blog post-mortem: And nobody, but nobody, cared how many millions liberal billionaires spent trying to make climate change an issue. Andrew Restuccia notes in Politico: For Tom Steyer...Show More Summary
ROSS DOUTHAT: How Obama Lost America. He would have lost it in 2012 if the press — see, e.g., Candy Crowley — hadn’t covered for him.
Ross has written a moving and eloquent response to my post and other critiques of his recent column. I urge you to read it – it has all the usual marks of Douthat’s extreme intelligence and nuanced reasoning, with more than a little humility thrown in. It reminds me once again how converts can sometimes […]
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New York Times columnist Ross Douthat is no one's idea of a radical. In the five and a half years since joining the op-ed page of the paper, he's proven himself to be a thoughtful, measured, and nuanced social-conservative commentator on political and cultural events. Show More Summary
So this is why it took Ross Douthat so long to utter an opinion about the recent Synod on Family Life in Rome. He was weighing whether to call for schism! For the record: for all my questioning and concern about the direction Benedict XVI was taking the church, I never wrote a column that […]
If the only achievement of Pope Francis is to get Ross Douthat to leave the church, this will rank as a great papacy. — Jeet Heer (@HeerJeet) October 26, 2014 Seriously, Ross Douthat is about 3 months away from joining the crazy breakaway Catholic cult Mel Gibson's dad belongs to. — Jeet Heer (@HeerJeet) October [Read more...] This space reserved for your ad.
Could we please have better New York Times columnists? Ross Douthat: [The Pope and the Precipice](http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/26/opinion/sunday/ross-douthat-the-pope-and-the-precipice.html?partner=rssnyt&emc=rss&smid=tw-nytopinion): "On communion for the remarried... Show More Summary
Most of the time, I try to get what I view as the most important story of the day at the top of the APR charts. But sometimes... you just have to go with the most ridiculous. Ross Douthat, is very, very concerned for the pope. ... it...Show More Summary
Subtitle of a Ross Douthat column that contains bulky sentences like:The future of the assisted suicide debate may depend, in part, on whether Tippetts’s case for the worth of what can seem like pointless suffering can be made either...Show More Summary