Posts From Bruce Ashford

Hannah Arendt on How to Spot (and Resist) Authoritarian and Totalitarian Leaders and Movements

During the upcoming year, I intend to study the authoritarian and totalitarian impulses that exist among portions of the Left and the Right in Western liberal democracies. I’ve just finished reading a fascinating book, Polish political philosopher Ryszard Legutko’s The Demon in Democracy: Totalitarian Temptations in Free Societies. I’ll also read Italian political philosopher Augusto [ Read More ]

Should Pastors Address Political Debates from the Pulpit?

It’s an age-old question, made more relevant by the insistence of media outlets and political pundits: Should pastors directly address contemporary political issues? Some commentators argue that Christianity offers a moral framework that is directly relevant to policy issues and thus the pastor should speak to politics. At other times the argument is made that [ Read More ]

Feeling Lonely? You’re not Alone

There is an epidemic that kills more people than obesity and has the same negative effect as smoking 15 cigarettes per day. Former Surgeon General Vivek Murthy says it causes “an insidious type of stress” that can lead to chronic inflammation, heart disease, dementia, depression, and anxiety. This condition is no respecter of persons, afflicting [ Read More ]

An Open Letter to the Cartoonist Who Mocked Kavanaugh’s Daughter

A left-wing political cartoonist is facing criticism, and rightly so, for mocking Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s 10-year-old-daughter, Liza, in a cartoon published this past weekend. The cartoonist, Chris Britt, depicted the girl praying, “Dear God, please forgive my angry, lying, alcoholic father for sexually assaulting Dr. [Christine] Ford.” The context of the illustration is [ Read More ]

Marco Rubio’s Parental Leave Plan: Good for the Working Class and Good for the Nation

Last month, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida) introduced the Economic Security for New Parents Act, a fiscally-responsible paid-parental-leave plan that is good not only for working-class families but for the nation as a whole. In the Rubio bill, parents of newborn babies or newly-adopted children are given the option of drawing upon Social Security to take [ Read More ]