The Burden of the Bondwoman

Broken Bonds Jennifer Lahl, Melinda Tankard Reist, and Renate Klein (eds.) Spinifex, 2019; 140 pages, $24.95 Charlie Sheen gained fame as an actor, but notoriety as a john. When a judge asked him why a man of his status would have any need for commercial coitus, Sheen is reported to have explained that he wasn’t […]

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Identity Crisis

Primal Screams: How the Sexual Revolution Created Identity Politics Mary Eberstadt Templeton Press, 2019; 192 pages, $24.95 It is commonplace, though surely justified, to lament the extreme polarization of public life. With the launching of impeachment proceedings during an election year, those divisions seem unlikely to dissipate soon. Related and in some cases underlying this […]

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Oversexed and Undermarried

Cheap Sex: The Transformation of Men, Marriage, and Monogamy Mark Regnerus Oxford University Press, 2017; 280 pages, $29.95 Marriage has been on a steep, decades-long decline in the United States. Some have worried about this decline; others have simply attributed it to inevitable changes. Marriage is outdated, they say, soon to be replaced by cohabitation […]

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Empty Rhetoric

Empty Planet: The Shock of Global Population Decline Darrell Bricker & John Ibbitson Penguin Random House, 2019; 304 pages, $14.76 The most dangerous lies are half-truths. Empty Planet was written by journalists Darrell Bricker and John Ibbitson. As journalists, these men write engagingly about the state of the global population and its future.  They get […]

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Holding the Elites Accountable

The Sexual State: How Elite Ideologies are Destroying Lives and Why the Church Was Right All Along Jennifer Roback Morse TAN Books, 2018; 420 pages, $27.95 How did the world go crazy, so quickly? How did America transform seemingly overnight from a country with an impressively strong marriage and family culture and a robust fertility […]

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Giving “Evolution” A Push

From Tolerance to Equality: How Elites Brought America to Same-Sex Marriage Darel E. Paul Baylor University Press, 2018; 256 pages, $39.95 Late last year, Romanian voters considered a constitutional amendment to confirm the nation’s definition of marriage as the union of a husband and wife (voter turnout did not meet the required threshold for the […]

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“One Big Thing”

Catholic Social Teaching and Distributism: Toward a New Economy  by Michael Hickey  Hamilton Books, 2017; 166 pages, $19.99 Of Labour and Liberty: Distributism in Victoria, 1891-1966  by Race Mathews  University of Notre Dame Press, 2018; 422 pages, $50.00 An Economics of Justice & Charity: Catholic Social Teaching, Its Development and Contemporary Relevance  by Thomas Storck  […]

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Family and the Founding

The Political Theory of the American Founding Natural Rights, Public Policy, and the Moral Conditions of Freedom Thomas G. West Cambridge University Press, 2017; 428 pages, £26.99 I begin with praise for Professor West’s treatment of family questions in his book, The Political Theory of the American Founding. As he notes, there is a curious […]

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