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Is Democracy Overrated?

BBC News Magazine | Published on August 9, 2013

By Roger Scruton

…edom was enshrined in the US constitution, defended in the face of the Victorian moralists by John Stuart Mill, and upheld in our time by my dissident friends. We take this freedom so much for granted that we regard it as the default position of humanity – the position to which we return, if all oppressive powers are removed from us. But my experience of communist Europe convinced me of the opposite. Orthodoxy, conformity and the hounding o…

Humanae Vitae at 45

National Review Online | Published on July 25, 2013

By George Weigel

A few weeks ago, while pondering the upcoming sapphire anniversary of Pope Paul VI’s Humanae Vitae (Of Human Life) and the continuing controversy over the “birth control encyclical” throughout both Church and society, I came across the following, in an essay the Polish Nobel laureate Czesław Miłosz wrote shortly before his death in 2004: “Increasingly the institution of marriage is being replaced by simply living together, which has followed upo…

The Failures of U.S. International Religious Freedom Policy

The Catholic Difference | Published on July 24, 2013

By George Weigel

…reign-policy establishment that religious freedom is in in fact important for individuals and societies” (a skepticism that reinforces the faux-realist view that religious freedom is not “real foreign policy”) will remain the default position in the Foreign Service. Which leads us to another, related structural problem. The Office of International Religious Freedom was established in the State Department by congressional mandate; State’s permanen…

Congressional Testimony: The Obama Administration’s Delay of the Employer Mandate

House Ways and Means Committee | Published on July 10, 2013

By James C. Capretta

Testimony presented to the House Ways and Means Committee, July 10, 2013. Mr. Chairman, Ranking Member McDermott, and members of the subcommittee, thank you for the opportunity to participate in this very important hearing on the Obama administration’s decision to delay enforcement of the employer mandate enacted in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). This unilateral decision raises many more questions than it answers. It als…

Cost Estimates for a PPACA Replacement Plan

American Action Forum | Published on April 22, 2013

By James C. Capretta and Douglas Holtz-Eakin

…ith a market-based reform plan. It is important that the alternatives and the PPACA be evaluated on a level playing field with respect to the estimated impact on the federal budget, premiums, the uninsured and other empirical aspects of the impacts of reform.  Naturally, these estimates depend largely on economic simulation models. When the Congressional Budget Office analyzes reform proposals, its estimates are the center of the policy debate. …