by Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D

Published at June 11, 2009.

Secularism was to be the wave of the future. Leading secular theorists such as Peter Berger taught that secularism would be the inevitable result of the inexorable march of progress and that its many advantages would simply drive out religion in all of its forms. No serious discussion was possible or necessary. Religion would be deposited unceremoniously on the dustbin of history. (more…)

by Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D

Published at January 28, 2009.

Let us state it at once: Revolutionary Road is a bad movie, despite the awards it garnered from its Hollywood peers. The story is Hollywood’s fantasy of the stultifying life in the 1950′s suburbs. Unbelievable storyline, unsympathetic characters, and a socially irresponsible message: evidently these are the requirements for Hollywood awards. (more…)

by Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D

Published at November 26, 2008 and October 14, 2004.

Apparently, Western secularism pulled from its traditional roots cannot.

We cannot sustain ourselves economically because the Western democracies are committing financial suicide with federal spending and entitlement programs that they then push off onto future generations instead of paying today. (more…)

by Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D

“It Takes a Village to Raise a Child,” was Hillary Clinton’s Big Idea in the 1990s. Hillary’s supporters and detractors alike regard that slogan as a thinly-veiled code for increasing the government’s responsibility for the care of children. The demographic decline of Europe illustrates what would happen if we took this Village-Raising-Children image seriously. (more…)


(This article is based on my talk in Rome entitled, “The European Union Meltdown.” It deals with the fact that Europeans and other industrialized nations are simply not reproducing enough to maintain their population. There are a number of factors to blame for this, but the major one I see has to do with the European welfare state and its repercussions. )

Politicians have short attention spans. A long-term plan is the length of an election cycle. We are so dominated by politics that we forget that other institutions have longer planning horizons. The Catholic Church, for instance, famously thinks in terms of centuries. I got a demonstration of this last weekend in Rome, of all places. (more…)