Are Humans Wired for Violence? Evolutionary biology begs to differ

Are Humans Wired for Violence? Evolutionary biology begs to differ Marcia Pally | November 27, 2015 (RNS) Given the terrorist attacks of the last few weeks, one might be forgiven for feeling a bit bleak about the human species, its frequent use […]

Aquinas & Politics: Getting Out of and Into the Common Good

Aquinas & Politics: Getting Out of and Into the Common Good By Marcia Pally published by Counterpoint Navigating Knowledge, March 13, 2019   I’m writing this blog just on returning from a conference hosted by the Thomist Center in New […]

How some abortion opponents get ‘pro-life’ radically right

How some abortion opponents get ‘pro-life’ radically right By Marcia Pally Religion News Service, June 28, 2016 In this time of social and political polarization, we should remind ourselves of something that unites us: abortion. Abortion is divisive when the […]

Redeeming Populism: The Promise of a Liberal Covenanted Republic

Redeeming Populism: The Promise of a Liberal Covenanted Republic By Marcia Pally ABC Religion and Ethics  3 May 2018 What makes populism work? Earlier this year, New York Times columnist David Brooks told NPR that, because “populism has deep roots in America,” he believed “Bannonism” would […]

Analyzing America’s vigilante love affair with guns

Analyzing America’s vigilante love affair with guns By Marcia Pally Religion News Service; December 16, 2015 (RNS) Although this week’s GOP debate focused on terrorism and national security, none of the candidates drew a connection to the availability of guns, as […]

Populist, Nativist, Isolationist: For Trump, It Was All of the Above

Populist, Nativist, Isolationist: For Trump, It Was All of the Above by Marcia Pally COMMONWEAL, November 22, 2016 They wanted “change,” he promised change, and change most of all from the lying, corrupt, incompetent government of the last eight years. […]

Trump: Why American Doesn’t Know What to Do With Government

“Trump, American Populism, and Why American doesn’t know what to do with its own government,” By Marcia Pally VIDEO: Presented at Humboldt University-Berlin. Jan. 9, 2017 Please note: After the brief introduction in German, the presentation is in English.