Life Under Compulsion
Anthony Esolen, Front Porch Republic

The desire to dominate is antithetical to the generosity of love. “The Son of man,” says Jesus, “came not to be served but to serve.”

Archbishop Chaput: Be Catholic Before You Are Democrat or Republican

Faith can’t be separated from voting-booth decisions, he stresses.

The Achievement of Jacques Barzun
Gerald J. Russello, First Things

One of the last of the generation of critics that included Edmund Wilson, Irving Howe, and Lionel Trilling, Jacque Barzun, who died yesterday at the age of 104, developed a historically informed critical approach that, without descending into polemic, didn’t shy from defining or diagnosing Western culture.

Putin Takes Russia to Church
Walter Russell Mead, The American Interest

Measures like this echo a shift around the country, where all sorts of officials have been jumping to demonstrate their commitment to the Orthodox Church after Putin shifted in this direction.