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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  • May 2016

    Un Hombre, Un Voto

    3 ¼ min

    Were the authors of the 14th Amendment able to jump forward 150 years, however, they would no doubt be scratching their heads over the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Evenwel v. Abbott, handed down in early April.

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  • April 2016

    A Necessary Realignment

    8 ¾ min

    As I write on the morning of Super Tuesday, March 1, the Republican establishment is in hysterics. The writing is on the wall. By the end of the day, Donald Trump will have all but sewed up the 2016 Republican nomination for president.

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  • March 2016

    Economic Patriotism

    13 ¾ min

    While stumping in South Carolina for the Republican presidential nomination, the Mad Bomber encountered a textile-mill worker who was not a fan of Senator McCain’s support for free trade.

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  • March 2016

    What the Editors Are Reading

    2 ¾ min

    Recently, I watched The Maltese Falcon (1941), featuring Bogart, Greenstreet, and Mary Astor. This prompted me to reexamine, after many years, the work of Dashiell Hammett, on whose novel the film is based.

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  • March 2016

    Trump Vindication

    2 min

    From the beginning of Donald Trump’s candidacy for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, I have consistently said that I do not expect him to win the nomination, or, if he does capture it, to win the election.

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  • March 2016

    Iowa’s Odds

    0 ¾ min

    Six coin tosses. Six separate wins. And thus was Hillary Clinton crowned the Democratic winner of the Iowa Caucuses.

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  • The Cheap Trick of Whiteness
    February 2016

    The Cheap Trick of Whiteness

    8 min

    A half-truth, as John Lukacs is fond of saying, is more dangerous than a lie, because the element of truth in it, speaking to our hearts and minds, can mask the accompanying falsehood.

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  • February 2016

    Keep Your Powder Dry

    3 ¼ min

    Having failed to convince Congress three years ago to pass new gun-control laws requiring background checks on all gun purchases, the President had used every mass shooting since to rail against the current state of gun-control legislation.

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  • Thoroughly Modern Muslims
    January 2016

    Thoroughly Modern Muslims

    17 ¼ min

    In the wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, much of the analysis focused on the possible motives of Islamic radicals, and almost all of it was prefaced with four simple words: “They hate us because . . . ”

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  • January 2016

    Bernardino and Islam

    2 min

    Unlike Osama bin Laden, who chose to launch his attack on the United States on September 11, 2001, as a symbolic reversal of the Ottoman defeat at the Battle of Vienna on that date in 1683, Syed Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, prosecuted their jihad in San Bernardino because that is where they lived and he worked.

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  • January 2016

    R.I.P., Mr. Chairman

    3 min

    David A. Hartman passed from this life on November 24, at the age of 79. Though it has been some time since his writing appeared in these pages, Mr. Hartman’s influence will be felt as long as Chronicles remains in print.

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  • December 2015

    Release the Klan(s)!

    4 min

    Move over, Ashley Madison—there’s a new scandal in town. At least, that’s what the media is desperate to have you believe.

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  • November 2015

    What the Editors Are Reading

    4 ½ min

    Having written the book on Bill Bryson (literally—for Marshall Cavendish’s Today’s Writers & Their Works series, 2010), I have been looking forward to the film version of A Walk in the Woods (1998) since I first read Bryson’s semifictionalized account of hiking the Appalachian Trail.

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  • November 2015

    Sharpening the Swords

    3 ½ min

    On June 25, one day before the U.S. Supreme Court declared that a man can marry a man and a woman can marry a woman, the Washington Post published an op-ed by Louise Melling, the deputy legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union.

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  • October 2015

    Burning Bright in the Darkness

    4 ½ min

    To discover, at his memorial service, that Dr. John Addison Howard’s favorite verse of Scripture was Philippians 4:11 came as no surprise to anyone who knew him well.

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  • The New Nationalism
    October 2015

    The New Nationalism

    4 ½ min

    During her short imprisonment for contempt of court, Kim Davis, the Rowan County, Kentucky, clerk who refused on religious grounds to issue marriage licenses to homosexual couples, was compared with Martin Luther King, Jr., Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, John C. Calhoun, Saint Paul, and even Jesus Christ Himself.

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  • September 2015

    Sophistory

    5 ½ min

    We broke history because fewer and fewer Americans have the desire—much less capacity—to think in historical terms.

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  • September 2015

    What the Editors Are Reading

    4 ½ min

    Flannery O’Connor’s Mystery and Manners: Occasional Prose should be read by every aspiring story writer, but also by every lover of fiction in general, as well as every reader who thinks he’s a serious thinker because he doesn’t read fiction.

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  • September 2015

    Missing the Forest

    2 ¼ min

    In late July, scores of conservative websites erupted with some variant of this headline from Breitbart: “Obama’s Secret Plan to Block Seniors on Social Security from Owning Guns.”

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  • July 16, 2015

    Doing Well by Doing Evil

    3 ½ min

    If local Planned Parenthood affiliates can maximize their profits by “accepting money” in return for “fetal tissue donations,” why wouldn’t they?

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