Aquinas & Politics: Getting Out of and Into the Common Good

Aquinas & Politics: Getting Out of and Into the Common Good By Marcia Pally published by Counterpoint Navigating Knowledge, March 13, 2019   I’m writing this blog just on returning from a conference hosted by the Thomist Center in New York. The center aims at scholarly research on the work of Thomas Aquinas, perhaps the […]

How some abortion opponents get ‘pro-life’ radically right

How some abortion opponents get ‘pro-life’ radically right By Marcia Pally Religion News Service, June 28, 2016 In this time of social and political polarization, we should remind ourselves of something that unites us: abortion. Abortion is divisive when the focus is on legislative battles and court cases, like Monday’s Supreme Court decision striking down a Texas law […]

The U.S. is a representative democracy? Thoughts—and humor–on politics in the Trump era

The U.S. is a representative democracy? Thoughts—and humor–on politics in the Trump era By Marcia Pally Die Tageszeitung January 20, 2017 as: “Das ‘We the people’ Gefuhl”` Visiting Europe since the Trump election, I’m not infrequently asked if, by being bad for American workers, Trump will re-invigorate the American left. There’s an American left? There was a […]

Redeeming Populism: The Promise of a Liberal Covenanted Republic

Redeeming Populism: The Promise of a Liberal Covenanted Republic By Marcia Pally ABC Religion and Ethics  3 May 2018 What makes populism work? Earlier this year, New York Times columnist David Brooks told NPR that, because “populism has deep roots in America,” he believed “Bannonism” would outlive “Trumpism” as a decisive influence in elections and public policy. By “Bannonism,” Brooks meant […]

Analyzing America’s vigilante love affair with guns

Analyzing America’s vigilante love affair with guns By Marcia Pally Religion News Service; December 16, 2015 (RNS) Although this week’s GOP debate focused on terrorism and national security, none of the candidates drew a connection to the availability of guns, as though it’s not a problem. What brings people to violence and what brings Americans who […]

Populist, Nativist, Isolationist: For Trump, It Was All of the Above

Populist, Nativist, Isolationist: For Trump, It Was All of the Above by Marcia Pally COMMONWEAL, November 22, 2016 They wanted “change,” he promised change, and change most of all from the lying, corrupt, incompetent government of the last eight years. He differed from all candidates before, and in an exercise of popular will against expectations […]

Trump: Why American Doesn’t Know What to Do With Government

“Trump, American Populism, and Why American doesn’t know what to do with its own government,” By Marcia Pally VIDEO: Presented at Humboldt University-Berlin. Jan. 9, 2017 Please note: After the brief introduction in German, the presentation is in English.

Reduce Abortions–Realign US politics: New Evangelical ideas

Reduce Abortions–Realign US politics: New Evangelical ideas By Marcia Pally It’s political gospel that evangelicals are a solid Republican bloc because they vote only for candidates who oppose abortion. And on the whole, this is true–as they’ll likely again show in the upcoming Iowa caucuses. But something’s up: wiggle room. While evangelical opposition to abortion […]