Society & Culture

  • Moral Truth and Constitutional Conservatism: Prof. Gerry Bradley in the Louisiana Law Review

    by James Wilson Institute on June 3, 2021
    JWI Trustee and Senior Scholar Gerry Bradley has written a “must-read” law review article that eloquently and forcefully argues for a jurisprudence of Natural Law as a corrective against the ills of progressive approaches to constitutional interpretation and positivist originalism. We share with you the full text of the article below, appearing in the Summer […]
  • Revisiting ‘Roe’: Prof. Gerry Bradley in the National Catholic Register

    by James Wilson Institute on June 3, 2021
    In an article titled “Revisiting ‘Roe’: Why the Supreme Court Decision on Mississippi Case Will Likely Ditch Viability” for the National Catholic Register, JWI Senior Scholar and Trustee Gerry Bradley predicts the approach of certain Justices of the Supreme Court thought to be pro-life after the announcement of that the Court would hear Dobbs v. […]
  • PODCAST: Sohrab Ahmari on “The Unbroken Thread,” Part 2

    by James Wilson Institute on May 24, 2021
    Author and New York Post opinion editor Sohrab Ahmari joined JWI Deputy Director Garrett Snedeker and intern Guy Denton for a two-part discussion of his new book, The Unbroken Thread: Discovering the Wisdom of Tradition in an Age of Chaos. In Part 2, we continue our discussion of how tradition informs understandings of filial piety […]
  • PODCAST: Sohrab Ahmari on “The Unbroken Thread,” Part 1

    by James Wilson Institute on May 17, 2021
    Author and New York Post opinion editor Sohrab Ahmari joined JWI Deputy Director Garrett Snedeker and intern Guy Denton for a two-part discussion of his new book, The Unbroken Thread: Discovering the Wisdom of Tradition in an Age of Chaos. In Part I, we discuss Ahmari’s inspiration for writing the book, the failings of modernity […]
  • “In Defense of ‘A Better Originalism'” – Prof. Hadley Arkes in Law & Liberty

    by James Wilson Institute on May 10, 2021
    In an essay for Law & Liberty, James Wilson Institute Founder and Director Prof. Hadley Arkes defends JWI’s recent call in The American Mind for judges to adopt an “originalism of moral substance” against criticism by John Grove. Prof. Arkes argues that Grove misconstrues the nature of moral truths and their role in adjudication, which […]
  • “An Opportunity to Overturn Roe” – Gerry Bradley in First Things

    by James Wilson Institute on May 4, 2021
    In an essay for First Things, JWI Senior Scholar and Trustee Gerry Bradley explores the future of Roe v. Wade and the implications of Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s appointment to the Supreme Court for the pro-life movement. Recently, the Court refused to take action on the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, in which […]
  • PODCAST: Stephen Soukup on “The Dictatorship of Woke Capital”

    by James Wilson Institute on April 19, 2021
    Stephen Soukup, author and publisher of The Political Forum, joined JWI Deputy Director Garrett Snedeker and intern Peter Spence to discuss his new book, The Dictatorship of Woke Capital. Soukup’s book examines the methodical takeover by the left of big business and finance over the last decade and the danger that this poses to our […]
  • “Visit to a Familiar, Now Distant Place” – Prof. Hadley Arkes in The Catholic Thing

    by James Wilson Institute on April 9, 2021
    In his latest column for The Catholic Thing, JWI Founder and Director Prof. Hadley Arkes reflects on a speech that he recently delivered before the Catholic Boston College Republicans, who invited him to discuss Natural Law. He was pleased by the receptiveness of the students, but also found that some had accepted certain progressive doctrines. […]
  • Fellowship Alumni Spotlight: David Dewhirst ’14

    by James Wilson Institute on April 9, 2021
    David Dewhirst, a 2014 James Wilson Fellow, is the current Solicitor General of Montana. He graduated from Regent University before obtaining his J.D. from George Washington University Law School, where he served as president of his Federalist Society Chapter. He has clerked for Judge Lawrence VanDyke of the Ninth Circuit and the U.S. Senate Judiciary […]
  • “A Better Originalism” – Arkes and Snedeker in The American Mind

    by James Wilson Institute on March 29, 2021
    A new statement of purpose published in The American Mind, written by Prof. Hadley Arkes, Garrett Snedeker, Joshua Hammer, and Matthew Peterson calls upon conservatives to adopt an originalism of moral substance. The authors write: “We are faced with a moment of political crisis. The Biden administration seeks to fundamentally transform the United States by […]