August 28, 2014

Hadley Arkes. From California: Another Front in the Culture Wars

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Source: Ruth Institute | By Hadley Arkes From California again we get a glimpse of the future – or the future that a political class is consciously seeking to prepare for us in reshaping the culture. During the summer the legislature enacted, and Governor Jerry Brown signed into law, SB48, as an amendment to “the Education Code, relating to instruction.” That Code had already made ample provision to instruct the children of California in the contributions made by all racial and ethnic groups supplying votes for politicians. But there was an appreciation also for the contributors who were “entrepreneurs” and labor unions, and whose stories deserved to be told. With SB48 the legislature took a further step by adding: “Pacific Islanders, European Americans, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans.” The schools were directed to give only favorable accounts of these groups in telling the story. But on the other side, teachers and administrators were enjoined not to offer any … [Read more...]

Touchstone. Courage and Conversion: An Interview with Hadley Arkes

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I read this article yesterday in Touchstone Magazine and was glad to find that it is featured this month on their website (I was going to recommend it today). Particularly encouraging is Arkes' conviction, which I also share, that we can find a way out of our present cultural morass. I'm not a fatalist despite the constant drumbeat that we are doomed (much coming from Orthodox quarters too as it turns out). A fascinating interview that is also good for the soul. Source: Touchstone Magazine | Marcia Segelstein Hadley Arkes is the Edward N. Ney Professor in American Institutions at Amherst College and one of the country’s most prominent proponents of natural-law jurisprudence. He is the author of numerous books, including First Things (from which the journal took its name) and Natural Rights and the Right to Choose. His latest is a collection of essays called Constitutional Illusions and Anchoring Truths: The Touchstone of the Natural Law. In an interview for the … [Read more...]