Commentary by James Wilson Institute

  • VIDEO: Webinar on “The Classical and Christian Origins of American Politics”

    by James Wilson Institute on November 18, 2022
    JWI, with our co-sponsors, the Center for Religion Culture and Democracy at First Liberty Institute, and the Civitas Institute, present this webinar. The webinar featured Profs. Justin Dyer and Kody Cooper discussing their new book on the natural law influences of the American Founding. The book is available for purchase here. We were also joined […]
  • “Hunt down the Supreme Court leaker” — Josh Hammer in The Spectator World

    by James Wilson Institute on June 1, 2022
    In “Hunt down the Supreme Court leaker,” 2021 James Wilson Fellow Josh Hammer discusses the leak of Justice Samuel Alito’s draft opinion for Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. He explains that, while the decision will likely help end abortion in America, no one knows who leaked Roberts’ opinion. If no one identifies the leaker, […]
  • “The Conservative Legal Movement at the Edge of Schism” — Hadley Arkes in Public Discourse

    by James Wilson Institute on May 31, 2022
    Hadley Arkes elaborates upon Josh Craddock’s vision of the pro-life movement after Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health. He unpacks how the decision will impact the strategies that must be taken up at the State and Federal levels. Further Prof. Arkes outlines how Congress could take modest first steps to protect unborn life around the nation, […]
  • “A Jurisprudential Red Pill: Part I” — Evelyn Blacklock

    by James Wilson Institute on April 27, 2022
    Evelyn Blacklock reviews Prof. Adrian Vermeule's "Common Good Constitutionalism," which argues that both originalism and living constitutionalism have abandoned the classical legal tradition.
  • “What the Hearings Missed” — Hadley Arkes at The American Mind

    by James Wilson Institute on April 13, 2022
    In the aftermath of Judge Jackson’s nomination to the Supreme Court, Hadley Arkes analyzes the Senate hearings. Despite some well-timed questions, Republicans ultimately missed their chance to put Judge Jackson on the record defending the right to kill unwanted children even after birth. Some excerpts: “During the recent hearings over Judge Jackson, Senator Marsha Blackburn […]
  • “Breaking the Sotomayor Mold” — Kody W. Cooper

    by James Wilson Institute on February 25, 2022
    Kody Cooper argues that a new justice in the mold of Sotomayor would fail to pass the “test of truth” when it comes to abortion, religious liberty, and takings. Some excerpts: “In the wake of Justice Breyer’s retirement announcement, Democrats are divided over whether President Biden should appoint a more conciliatory ‘bridge-builder’ who will look for opportunities […]
  • “And All the Students Said, ‘Amen’” — Keisha Russell

    by James Wilson Institute on December 17, 2021
    Keisha Toni Russell, Counsel at First Liberty Institute, argues that young Americans learn to respect religious liberty–and individual rights more generally–when religion flourishes in public. Some excerpts: “In the early 1960s, the Supreme Court reviewed two cases involving voluntary school prayer and Bible reading. The cases, Engel v. Vitale (1962) and Abington Township School District v. Schempp (1963), contained […]
  • ‘Dobbs’ and the Conservative Legal Movement – Gerald V. Bradley in National Catholic Register

    by James Wilson Institute on December 7, 2021
    James Wilson Institute’s Senior Scholar, Gerry Bradley, writes in the National Catholic Register about Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization and how if Roe is overturned, it would not necessarily mean the end of abortion or even the beginning of the end of it.  Some excerpts from the piece: “Although the conservative legal movement has […]
  • Takeaways from Oral Arguments in Dobbs- Hadley Arkes in First Things

    by James Wilson Institute on December 2, 2021
    After the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the Dobbs v Jackson Woman’s Health Organization, JWI Founder and Director Hadley Arkes proffered his thoughts on what happened and what it means for pro-lifers. Some excerpts from the piece: “One side, we might say, was “morally challenged” or imbecilic, and the other side wasn’t sure just […]
  • “Abortion as Anti-Law” – Hadley Arkes in National Review

    by James Wilson Institute on November 20, 2021
    In anticipation of the Dobbs v Jackson Woman’s Health Organization oral argument, JWI Founder and Director, Hadley Arkes opines on the real possibility the Supreme Court issues an opinion reshaping its jurisprudence on abortion in the print edition of National Review. Arkes, joined by Robert George, Ramesh Ponnuru, Michael Brendan Dougherty, and Carter Snead, contributed […]