What kind of tyranny?

February 3, 2021 James Kalb 8

Reciprocity, the idea that relationships go both ways, is a bedrock social principle. Reciprocity doesn’t require equality—I’m not equal to John Roberts or the cop who tickets me for double parking—but it does require mutual […]


Identity and Catholicism

January 1, 2021 James Kalb 15

Identity pervades Catholic thought. Things are what they are, and that doesn’t change when our way of thinking changes. A human being is either male or female, and whichever it is stays that way. Similarly, […]


Wokeness and Catholicism

December 2, 2020 James Kalb 34

Many people have noted that “woke” ideology, which views inequality as an intolerable evil caused by pervasive racism, sexism, homophobia, and the like, has a religious quality: it defines good and evil, explains life and […]


Is America good or evil?

October 1, 2020 James Kalb 34

Something about the country makes people ask the question. People who love our country say it is exceptional. Those who don’t might prefer other words. For better or worse, it does seem different in some […]


A secular society?

August 2, 2020 James Kalb 9

Modern Western governments claim they leave questions of ultimate meaning to the individual. That is the point of the Supreme Court’s claim that our public order is based on “the right to define one’s own […]


Social justice as a religion

June 1, 2020 James Kalb 26

Last month I noted that modern people are impressed by the power of technology, industrial organization, and the managerial state. The resulting emphasis on man’s power over things has led people to view the social […]