A Good and Loving God Wouldn’t Allow X

My Real Clear Religion deputy Nicholas G. Hahn III just called me to say that it was my turn to do the weekend update. I was nearly inconsolable. “Nick,” I asked him, “how can a good and loving God stick me with the weekend update?” “I don’t know,” he said, “but it’s your turn.” Obviously, [Read More...]

More on Mormon Decline

In response to the last blog post, Carrie Sheffield wrote to me the following. I asked if she’d like me to reproduce it here. She said yes, so here you go: Hey Jeremy, I just saw your blog post. Would have been great if you had asked me for comment beforehand to understand some of [Read More...]

Development of Dougherty Doctrine

The Dougherty Doctrine is a rhetorical trick that makes many political debates much easier to understand. It was accidentally coined by journalist and former roommate Michael Brendan Dougherty in an article for the Washington Monthly. Dougherty took in an intra-Republican debate and wrote, “the arguments all seem to boil down to something similar: If it [Read More...]

Remember, People Lie to Pollsters

Many years ago when I worked at the Cato Institute (more on that later) I managed to so offend friend and foreign policy guy Justin Logan that he backed slowly out of the lunchroom. You may wonder, what bigmouthed thing had I said? That America was right to invade Iraq? That torture is A-OK? That [Read More...]

Time Out of Mind

One of the hazards of being a daily editor/aggregator is, you come unstuck in time. Not the hands of the clock, mind you. I have a great sense of what they have to say to me. I can convert quickly from Lynden time to Chicago time to DC time without effort and to London and [Read More...]