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Ross Douthat

Anger Over Trump Is Misdirected; To Paraphrase, It's the Stupid People, Stupid

Murray Forseter | Posted 07.18.2016 | Politics
Murray Forseter

I'm not angry at Trump. I'm angry at the electorate, at the stupid, self-centered, uninformed, xenophobic, even racist, ignorant, personality-driven voters willing to turn this country over to a man who, as McCullough points out, lacks any of the four key qualities President Dwight D. Eisenhower said a leader must possess: character, ability, responsibility and experience.

Ross Douthat: Take Trump Down At The Convention

New York Times | Whitney Snyder | Posted 03.13.2016 | Politics

But if that exercise is painful, it’s also the correct path to choose. A man so transparently unfit for office should not be placed before the Ameri...

Friday Talking Points -- Is Trump Bigger Than Liam Neeson?

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.04.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

A nationally-televised presidential debate stage is, indeed, neither the time nor the place, one would think. This year, however, all the rules have been thrown out and we've got Donald Trump and Marco Rubio comparing relative penis sizes in their effort to become the so-called leader of the free world.

Friday Talking Points -- Underpants Gnomes Will Defeat Trump!

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.08.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Now that the primaries are getting a lot closer, some are doing mental pretzel-bends to rationalize their gut feeling about Trump's inevitable loss (since their gut feeling can't possibly be wrong, of course.)

Conservatism Is No Cure for Fascism

James Peron | Posted 12.11.2015 | Politics
James Peron

Throughout his column, Douthat speaks of how libertarian values restrain fascism--they do. To equate them with conservative ideology, however, is a bit of stretch. Conservatives are not libertarians. Conservatism is not the ally of liberty. It is first and foremost the ally of the status quo and the past. Every attempt to expand human liberty was opposed by conservatives of the day.

Ross Douthat's Three Mistakes

Catherine M Wallace | Posted 11.06.2015 | Religion
Catherine M Wallace

Compassion and critical thinking are values we share with morally-sensitive secular humanists and with good people in every religious tradition globally. These values are equally central to the very best of Catholic tradition, not a threat to its survival.

Ross Douthat and the Meaning of History

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 11.04.2015 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

We inhabit a small moment in time in a Church that has endured for 2,000 years and shall endure for many thousands more. The Church will not be shaken to the core if the divorced and remarried are admitted to Holy Communion. It would be nothing more than the practical working out of the Church's commitment to mercy.

Is Pope Francis Really Plotting to Break Up the Catholic Church?

James Heffernan | Posted 11.03.2015 | Religion
James Heffernan

Ever since Archbishop Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina became Pope Francis in March of 2013, conservative Catholics have been sounding alarms about his designs on the Roman Catholic church.

Douthat and the Desire for an Unchanging Church

Stan Chu Ilo | Posted 11.02.2015 | Chicago
Stan Chu Ilo

New York Times columnist Ross Douthat's critique of the direction of Catholicism under Pope Francis has recently come under attack from some prominent American Catholic theologians.

Ross Douthat And The Shocking Misunderstanding Of Liberal Christianity

Derek Penwell | Posted 09.29.2015 | Religion
Derek Penwell

Liberals and conservatives, Protestants and Catholics are all having to come to terms with an increasingly secular landscape. Aspiring to be more like Ross Douthat's vision of Christian orthodoxy, in other words, is no longer a hedge against decline, if it ever really was.

Hebdo's Dubious PEN-Pals: Privileged Conservative Pundits

Jim Sleeper | Posted 05.05.2016 | Politics
Jim Sleeper

History offers D.H. Lawrence's warning that influential people shouldn't stimulate others' "personal, superficial, temporary desires" but "tell us of our own deeper desires." The powers that conservatives champion have been doing the former, with increasing velocity.

The Economics of Morality

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 06.01.2015 | Impact
Peter A. Georgescu

The question ultimately is why America's moral standards seem to have fallen so far. Drug and alcohol abuse remains widespread. The two-parent nuclear family seems to be quickly disappearing.

Post Card From the Fringe: Right-Wing Dissidents Against Pope Francis

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 01.14.2015 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

The Catholic Church at this moment in history is faced with a rising chorus of right-wing dissent. This movement poses a threat to Pope Francis's reforms, but the threat should not be overblown.

Pope Francis Has Conservatives Talking Catholic Schism

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 11.04.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Many conservative Catholics have long viewed Pope Francis with suspicion thanks to his effort to shift the church’s focus away from a culture ...

DOUTHAT: I Love Lena!

The New York Times | Posted 10.06.2014 | Entertainment

HERE are some things you may know about Lena Dunham, if you happen to have opened the pages of any New York periodical at any point in the last few ye...

The Rise of the React-o-Cons

Sean McElwee | Posted 10.19.2014 | Politics
Sean McElwee

Eventually reform conservatism will collapse upon the weight of its own contradictions. Vitriolic hatred of Obama is a weak attempt at coalition maintenance. The dirty fact is that very few policies can make all the parties of this increasingly fractious coalition happy.

Faculty Supervision and Single-Sex Dorms Just Aren't Effective Ways to Fight Rape Culture

Kaley L. Martín | Posted 09.09.2014 | College
Kaley L. Martín

This author places most of the blame for rape on "drinking to blackout," and he wants universities to watch over "weak" women who get preyed on by rich frat boys -- instead of recognizing that full responsibility lies with students who rape.

If Paul Ryan Is a 'Moderate,' I'm the Easter Bunny

Peter Dreier | Posted 05.10.2014 | Politics
Peter Dreier

It is a sign of how far right the Republican Party has moved that New York Times columnist Ross Douthat describes Rep. Paul Ryan as a "moderate." In any rational look at the spectrum of American political views, it is hard to imagine attaching the word "moderate" to Ryan on any issue.

Bigots Deserve a Settlement? What Am I Missing Here?

John Saul | Posted 05.05.2014 | Politics
John Saul

If you can get married, we can all get married, and we don't have to tolerate the rest of your bigotry as a payoff for something you seem to think is a privilege. Marriage is not a privilege; it's a right!

Jon Ward

Why Remaking The Modern Republican Party Is So Damn Hard

HuffingtonPost.com | Jon Ward | Posted 01.30.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Al From, the engineer of the Democratic Party's rebirth after Jimmy Carter, Walter Mondale and Michael Dukakis, at first seems an unlike...

Hillary and Pope Francis

Brent Budowsky | Posted 03.16.2014 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

By mobilizing the nation's leading thinkers, Clinton could tap the spirit of Francis to propel the next great era of shared American prosperity.

New York Times' Douthat: Curbing Gun Violence Isn't a Priority; Calls It a "Pet" Cause

Eric Boehlert | Posted 08.24.2013 | Media
Eric Boehlert

There's something callous and almost tasteless about casually dismissing as a "pet cause" the 32,000 Americans who die each year from gunfire, and the 70,000 more who are injured by firearms.

The Republicans' League of Their Own: Reasons, Responses, Recommendations

Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam | Posted 02.06.2013 | Politics
Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam

It's important because a vibrant two-party system makes our republic stronger. It provides the basis for compromise, forward momentum and progress. If the Republicans continue to play in a league of their own, they and our democracy will be worse off for it.

Against 'Decadence': Fewer Kids, Better Future

Jedediah Purdy | Posted 02.04.2013 | Politics
Jedediah Purdy

Is having fewer children the mark of decadence? The New York Times' cultural conservative, Ross Douthat, has been arguing that. But he is seriously, even dangerously wrong, and that the people he's criticizing are the ones who are taking responsibility for the future.

A Little Late For A Pivot, Isn't It Mitt?

The New Republic | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 10.08.2012 | Politics

Since the conventions, Romney has been trying to shed his image as a conservative extremist—by disavowing harsher elements of Paul Ryan’s budget, ...