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  • “Visit to a Familiar, Now Distant Place” – Prof. Hadley Arkes in The Catholic Thing

    Posted by James Wilson Institute on Apr 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

    Posted by James Wilson Institute on Apr 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

    Posted by James Wilson Institute on Mar 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 […] …
  • The Test of Heartbeats for Judges–and Other Former Fetuses: Prof. Hadley Arkes in The Catholic Thing

    Posted by James Wilson Institute on Mar 29, 2021
    In his weekly column for The Catholic Thing, JWI Founder and Director Prof. Hadley Arkes details some of the history of the Right’s strategy on pro-life legislation in Congress and the Courts. Republicans, Arkes contends, have not tried to overturn Roe in one fell swoop, but rather have taken smaller steps that gradually restrict abortion […] …
  • PODCAST: Professor Scott Yenor on “The Recovery of Family Life”

    Posted by James Wilson Institute on Mar 15, 2021
    The James Wilson Podcast features Professor Scott Yenor of Boise State University on his book examining the challenges facing the modern family. Author and Professor Scott Yenor joins JWI Deputy Director Garrett Snedeker and intern Peter Spence to discuss his new book, “The Recovery of Family Life”. Professor Yenor’s book explores the problems that the […] …
Government, in my humble opinion, should be formed to secure and to enlarge the exercise of natural rights of its members, and every government, which has not this in view, as its principal object, is not a government of the legitimate kind.
— James Wilson, Lectures on Law, 1790