“On the Brink of a ‘Filipino Moment'” in the Catholic Church: Crux

dispatch: ...On any list of the most consequential Catholic nations today, the Philippines would easily finish in the top five, and there’s a good case to be made that it’s #1.It’s the third largest Catholic nation on earth, and unlike its two larger peers, Brazil and Mexico, its levels of faith and practice remain robust. For another, given the swelling Filipino diaspora, in a staggering number of places today, from the Arabian Peninsula to Malaysia, Hong Kong, and beyond, often the most dy … [Read more...]

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Why I’m Voting for DC Statehood Tomorrow

It's not because I think DC should be a state."I don't even think that's the real point, frankly," D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton says, in the very first quote of this depressing piece. My ballot tomorrow is going to be a fractal of civic helplessness. Let's explore!So first of all, even if the statehood proposal wins in a landslide, it will not happen. It is a pure protest vote. For some people it's a protest vote for left-wing and especially socially progressive politics--cf. the role … [Read more...]

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Tomorrow’s Other Elections: Your District Attorney Races

some thoughts, from the Marshall Project, on the complexity and importance of the DA position: Sklansky, the Stanford professor, agrees that there is “something uncomfortable” about how individual cases can drive an election campaign, and that this underscores the need to find better ways to measure how prosecutors do their jobs, including more data on charging and convictions. But overall he sees the current competitiveness as a sign that people are paying attention to how the criminal justice … [Read more...]

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The American Conservative Election Symposium–I’m in This

In a sense, we're all in this: A good magazine presents a robust discussion of the national life, and The American Conservative has aimed since the beginning to show that conservatism cannot be reduced to a checklist or mere partisan formula. To that end, we have always encouraged a wide-ranging examination of the choices our political system offers—and fails to offer.This symposium is not an endorsement and is not necessarily representative of TAC‘s editors or contributors a whole: rather, … [Read more...]

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“The Future of the Pro-Life Movement”: Ruth Graham

with a moving piece at Slate. I would I guess add the cautionary note that somebody has written this piece once a year since I became pro-life. (I even sort of wrote one!) This iteration would've been strengthened, I think, by some historical context. Talk to Feminists for Life, for example; people have been approaching abortion as a peace/justice issue for a long time, and they might have insights on why this approach still seems novel. Anyway, though, the stories here are quite powerful, and … [Read more...]

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More Sex Ed Thoughts Plus Two Disreputable Songs

I'm not especially satisfied with that post I did about sex ed, and this email exchange gets at part of the reason.A reader: This wouldn't normally clear my "worth emailing about" threshold, but you specifically solicited comments, and I do have a question.When you discussed pros and cons for the ownership framework, one of the things you liked was the way it helped the student relate to other actors. The examples, though, were people doing things that were pretty obviously bad in … [Read more...]

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What Happens When You Film the Police?

Good times, good times."Police Accidentally Record Themselves Conspiring to Fabricate Criminal Charges Against Protester": The ACLU of Connecticut is suing state police for fabricating retaliatory criminal charges against a protester after troopers were recorded discussing how to trump up charges against him. In what seems like an unlikely stroke of cosmic karma, the recording came about after a camera belonging to the protester, Michael Picard, was illegally seized by a trooper who didn’t k … [Read more...]

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