Scott P. Richert

Scott P. Richert is editor at large for Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture, and Publisher for Our Sunday Visitor. He holds an M.A. in political theory from the Catholic University of America. He has been published in, among others, The Family in America, This World, and Humanitas. He is the Catholicism Expert for About.com.

Latest by Scott P. Richert in Chronicles

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  • A Confederacy of Dunces
    December 2016

    A Confederacy of Dunces

    3 ¼ min

    In the final weeks of the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, as our modern-day Madame Defarge’s poll numbers declined slowly but steadily in rhythm to the drip-drip-drip of purloined emails by WikiLeaks, the Clinton campaign settled on a strategy and clung to it for dear life.

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  • Trumped-Up Document Dump
    November 2016

    Trumped-Up Document Dump

    1 ¾ min

    What Julian Assange and his fellow WikiLeakers delivered in October was a two-hour Song of Myself celebrating ten years of WikiLeaks, begging for donations, damning the Western media (the simplest of tasks), and promising weekly deliveries of “significant” documents over the next ten weeks, some of which would—of course!—likely affect the U.S. presidential election.

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  • To Drone or Not to Drone
    November 2016

    To Drone or Not to Drone

    2 ¾ min

    The horrifying reality is not simply that most of the American people have so willingly accepted the idea that the United States can act as judge, jury, and executioner; they have accepted the idea that George W. Bush or Dick Cheney or Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton can singularly exercise that power.

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  • November 2016

    Our Corner of the Vineyard

    15 ¼ min

    It would be a mistake to think that the challenge we face today is merely one of personalities, the result of voters in the primaries picking two intensely dislikable candidates for the highest office in the land.

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  • October 2016

    Incalculable Rewards

    9 ¼ min

    While Mother Teresa was still alive, few who knew of her doubted that she would eventually be inducted into the canon of saints of the Catholic Church.

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  • October 2016

    What the Editors Are Reading

    4 min

    Having read and reviewed John Hardman’s superb "Life of Louis XVI", I was encouraged recently to pick up a copy of "Louis XIV: The Other Side of the Sun", by Prince Michael of Greece

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  • October 2016

    Dos to Tango

    2 ¼ min

    Donald Trump’s surprise visit to Mexico on August 31 has been analyzed every which way, except for one—the one that may, in the long run, prove most important.

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  • September 2016

    Of Sam and Siddiqui

    9 ½ min

    “You know,” he said, “I wouldn’t have let your family in, either.” Standing in a conference room at the Congress Hotel in downtown Chicago, Sam held my gaze in that sideways glance of his, waiting to gauge my reaction.

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  • September 2016

    Taking Care of Business

    1 ¾ min

    Starting January 1, every abortion clinic in Illinois will be required to refer those who come seeking its services to one of the many nonprofit pregnancy-care centers in the state, established to help pregnant women understand that there are alternatives to abortion, and to provide those alternatives.

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  • August 2016

    Islam, Period

    9 ¼ min

    In the wake of Omar Mateen’s massacre of 49 people and wounding of 53 others at Orlando’s gay nightclub Pulse in early June, America’s best-known tweeting politician demanded that President Barack Obama call a spade a spade, and a terrorist act the work of “radical Islam.”

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  • August 2016

    Supremely Uninterested

    2 ¾ min

    In every presidential election since 1992, complaints about subpar Republican candidates have been met with a common refrain: This is the most important election in our lifetime, because of the Supreme Court!

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  • August 2016

    Abortion’s Triple Crown

    2 ¾ min

    For four decades now, pro-life voters have been wedded to the national Republican Party by the vows of politicians whose actions, upon election, have proved that they had no intention ever of fulfilling them.

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  • June 13, 2016

    “Homegrown Violent Extremists”

    1 ¾ min

    Omar Mateen, a U.S. citizen and the son of Muslim immigrants, was investigated by the FBI twice for connections to Islamic radicals. Twice they dropped the investigation. He killed 49 and injured at least 50 others in Orlando in June 2016.

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  • July 2016

    Trump and the Stakes of Power

    8 ¾ min

    Political science shares with sociology a bias toward presentism, describing political structures as they currently exist with no sense that they will ever change (at least not in the short run) or, for that matter, have ever changed.

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  • A Big Beautiful Horse
    July 2016

    A Big Beautiful Horse

    3 ¾ min

    Decades of “funding reforms” have replaced local funding with state funding, and greater and greater federal regulation of local public schools has led to school consolidation and the loss of local control in anything but name.

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  • July 2016

    The Devil You Know

    3 ¼ min

    Abortion is no longer a “necessary evil” or an “unavoidable tragedy” or any of the other phrases designed both to acknowledge and to hide the reality of the act; today, as another Clinton vies for the highest office in the land, abortion is “healthcare,” pure and simple.

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  • June 2016

    The Ties That Bind

    9 ¼ min

    Born in the U.S.A., with its iconic cover of a white T-shirted Springsteen, red baseball cap tucked into the rear pocket of his blue jeans, all silhouetted against a larger-than-life American flag, was the chief introduction to Bruce for my generation.

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  • June 2016

    What the Editors Are Reading

    3 ¼ min

    A recent story in the British press about Sir Peregrine Worsthorne, the English author, journalist, and broadcaster, in retirement at the age of 92, prompted me to order one of his books, Democracy Needs Aristocracy, first published in 2004.

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  • June 2016

    Sometimes a Flower

    3 min

    A substitute teacher in a public school in what is, by today’s standards, still a relatively socially conservative part of the country uses “an anatomical word during a teaching lesson.” She is fired, and the story goes viral.

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  • May 2016

    Let America Be America

    8 ¾ min

    Donald Trump claims he will make America great again. Hillary Clinton responds that America has never quit being great. Bernie Sanders seems to have his doubts that America has ever been great, but he would be happy to try to make her so if only the American people would give him the power to make America something other than America.

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