This essay looks at the debate surrounding academic freedom, with supporters arguing that it is essential for democracy and free speech on campus, and opponents arguing that it is being used to justify discrimination and indoctrination.
In his book, “What’s the Matter with Kansas?”, Thomas Frank argues that the native citizens of his home state have failed to elect leaders who can bring about quality governance. He attributes this failure to three main factors: lack of understanding of how the state government works, voting against their own interests, and following the false promises of conservative politicians. While Frank’s analysis is specific to Kansas, it is also relevant to other states in the US where similar dynamics are at play.
The Catholic Church has a long history of engagement with religious pluralism. In the American republic, this engagement has taken on a unique character. The Church has had to adapt European notions of religious tradition to the reality of religious pluralism. This has involved both liberals and conservatives within the Church modifying their positions.