Jason Blakely is an associate professor of political science at Pepperdine University and the author of 'We Built Reality: How Social Science Infiltrated Culture, Politics, and Power.' He is a Senior Fellow at the Nova Forum for Catholic Thought at the University of Southern California.
The popular “scientific” discourse around election forecasting has once again proven disappointingly misguided, at best, and fraudulent, at worst. Our democracy deserves better.
With the much-anticipated release of Pope Francis’s new encyclical “Fratelli Tutti” on Oct. 4, Catholic Christians would do well to revisit his critique of false realism and false nostalgia, and his call for the church to foster a political attitude of faithful and daring dreaming.
From a unity deeper than citizenship, that of baptism, we implore our fellow Christians: Join us in denouncing this violence, and help us understand what distance is left between that nationalism and yours.
Pat Robertson and others appear to have abandoned the notion that political action has the ability to improve the lives of the governed.