Politics: Major Contentions A guide to major assertions in this section
Needs and Rights Do rights derive from constitutions, culture, or convention? Do they have limits or impose moral duties?
Natural and Political Rights Government may only meet a few of our needs but is indispensable in that narrow role.
Two Senses of the Common Good Whom should governments serve?
Foundations of the Law: An Appetizer A simple review of the four justifications for law.
Preliminary Thoughts on Civil Disobedience: Natural Rights Issues A review of the challenges and defenses of civil disobedience in each of the four justifications for law.
When Is Civil Disobedience Justified? When is disobedience to the law a moral imperative?
The Riddle of Equality Why the egalitarian effort must fail and why it also must continually be attempted with a necessary clarification that might ease the struggle.
Economic Justice An introduction to the issue of distributive justice in terms of the necessary conflict between liberty and equality.
Income Inequality A closer examination of the messy allocation of economic goods in a capitalist system.
One-Armed Economics and Wealth Creationism An application of a theory of economic rights to today’s political climate.
Prejudice and Privilege An attempt to disentangle terms that we seem intent on viewing as synonymous.
Alienation of Civic Affection What’s at the root of today’s widespread contempt for government?
Which Clash of Civilizations? Is the fight against terrorism really what some are calling it, a clash of civilizations? Does calling it that change anything? It is and it does.
Belief in the Public Square We live in an age that deeply values expressions of sincere belief in public life. Why that has proven a very bad idea.
Recent Authoritarianism Personal authority has attempted to revive traditional authority’s success; its failures over the last hundred years have invariably resulted in totalitarianism.
Toward a Public Morality If private beliefs cannot sustain a public morality, what can? A preliminary effort to find common ground.
Justice is Almost Everything To define justice accurately is to begin to deliver it.
Functional Natural Law and the Legality of Human Rights A complete system of public morality requires a legal system that satisfies all of the requirements of justice.