The Week: Most Recent from Michael Brendan Doughertyhttp://theweek.com/editor/articles/michael-brendan-doughertyMost recent posts.en-usFri, 25 Jul 2014 06:10:00 -0400http://theweek.comhttp://theweek.com/images/logo_theweek.pngMost Recent from Michael Brendan Dougherty from THE WEEKFri, 25 Jul 2014 06:10:00 -0400Why you shouldn't eat dog. Not even once.http://theweek.com/article/index/265342/why-you-shouldnt-eat-dog-not-even-oncehttp://theweek.com/article/index/265342/why-you-shouldnt-eat-dog-not-even-once<img src="https://7e8c.https.cdn.softlayer.net/807E8C/origin.theweek.com/img/dir_0122/61444_article_main/w/240/h/300/seriously-youre-going-to-eat-this-guy.jpg?206" /></P><p class="p1">People in Southeast Asia eat dogs, so why don't we eat bisque of schnauzer and terrier lasagna? People in India don't eat cows, but that's just religious mumbo jumbo. Why do we euthanize dogs when we could be making 7-11 taquitos from them? I can't figure it out. This is pretty much the whole of John D. Sutter's "argument for eating dog," which has already received 5,000 comments and been liked on Facebook 18,000 times.</p><p class="p1">Sutter has let rationalist premises lead him into an alleyway. He's stuck with his disgust at the idea of eating dogs, but bereft of a reason to respect his disgust. And he ends...</p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/265342/why-you-shouldnt-eat-dog-not-even-once">More</a>By <a href="/author/michael-brendan-dougherty" ><span class="byline">Michael Brendan Dougherty</span></a>Fri, 25 Jul 2014 06:10:00 -0400Don't trade David Pricehttp://theweek.com/article/index/265241/dont-trade-david-pricehttp://theweek.com/article/index/265241/dont-trade-david-price<img src="https://7e8c.https.cdn.softlayer.net/807E8C/origin.theweek.com/img/dir_0122/61390_article_main/w/240/h/300/seriously-dont.jpg?206" /></P><p class="p1">David Price is the most talked about man in baseball right now.</p><p class="p1">Dubbed "arguably the best starting pitcher to be available on the trade market since Tom Seaver" by <em>The Wall Street Journal'</em>s Michael Salafino, Price is natural trade bait. The thinking goes like this: His contract with the Rays extends only to next season, after which he is likely to walk away for a team willing to overpay for his late prime and postprime years. Since the Rays are unlikely to be able to afford him, they'd be better off trading him for cheaper, high-upside assets now. Plus the Rays are currently in fourth place in...</p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/265241/dont-trade-david-price">More</a>By <a href="/author/michael-brendan-dougherty" ><span class="byline">Michael Brendan Dougherty</span></a>Thu, 24 Jul 2014 06:04:00 -0400Why America is duty bound to help Iraqi Christianshttp://theweek.com/article/index/265087/why-america-is-duty-bound-to-help-iraqi-christianshttp://theweek.com/article/index/265087/why-america-is-duty-bound-to-help-iraqi-christians<img src="https://7e8c.https.cdn.softlayer.net/807E8C/origin.theweek.com/img/dir_0122/61323_article_main/w/240/h/300/a-religious-minority-under-siege.jpg?206" /></P><p class="p1">Just 11 years ago, there were 1.5 million Christians living in Iraq. Since the U.S. war there, that number has plummeted to approximately 400,000 &mdash; and it is still falling fast. The chaos created by the U.S. invasion, occupation, and withdrawal, as well as the ongoing Syrian civil war and insurgent-fueled unrest in much of Iraq, has dramatically increased the persecution and pressure on Iraq's Christians and other religious minorities.</p><p class="p1">ISIS, the emergent Islamist terrorist group that spans from Syria into Iraq, has already taken over Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city. They painted signs...</p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/265087/why-america-is-duty-bound-to-help-iraqi-christians">More</a>By <a href="/author/michael-brendan-dougherty" ><span class="byline">Michael Brendan Dougherty</span></a>Tue, 22 Jul 2014 06:15:00 -0400Why are so many parents being arrested?http://theweek.com/article/index/265010/why-are-so-many-parents-being-arrestedhttp://theweek.com/article/index/265010/why-are-so-many-parents-being-arrested<img src="https://7e8c.https.cdn.softlayer.net/807E8C/origin.theweek.com/img/dir_0122/61293_article_main/w/240/h/300/it-used-to-take-a-village.jpg?206" /></P><p class="p1">This summer has seen a rash of stories of parents being hauled away in cuffs for such sins as letting their kids roam unaccompanied in a park, or keeping them in the car while performing a short errand, or even leaving them alone in their own home for a few hours.</p><p class="p1">My own childhood seems to have become illegal. I was the son of a single mother. During summers I would explore my neighborhood, visit friends' houses, walk to a pond to fish, ride my bike from our home in Bloomfield, N.J., to the abandoned lots of Newark, and jump it over curbs. I could be unsupervised from 10 in the morning until 8...</p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/265010/why-are-so-many-parents-being-arrested">More</a>By <a href="/author/michael-brendan-dougherty" ><span class="byline">Michael Brendan Dougherty</span></a>Mon, 21 Jul 2014 06:08:00 -0400What Democrats always forget about Hillaryhttp://theweek.com/article/index/264803/what-democrats-always-forget-about-hillaryhttp://theweek.com/article/index/264803/what-democrats-always-forget-about-hillary<img src="https://7e8c.https.cdn.softlayer.net/807E8C/origin.theweek.com/img/dir_0122/61070_article_main/w/240/h/300/clintons-past-accomplishments-dont-make-for-a-guaranteed-trip-to-the-white-house.jpg?206" /></P><p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159015205%3Fsecret_token%3Ds-d49Sr&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false"></iframe></p><p>Read more on this story.</p><p>Listen to more of <strong><em>The Week</em>'s mini podcasts</strong>:</p><ul><li>'I know, right?': The anatomy of a wonderfully nonsensical phrase</li><li>Your weekly streaming recommendation: <em>Headhunters</em></li><li>This week I learned plants can hear themselves being eaten, and more</li></ul><p> </p><p><strong>*You can also find <em>The Week</em>'s mini podcasts on iTunes, SoundCloud, Swell, and TuneIn.*</strong></p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/264803/what-democrats-always-forget-about-hillary">More</a>By <a href="/author/michael-brendan-dougherty" ><span class="byline">Michael Brendan Dougherty</span></a>Wed, 16 Jul 2014 17:27:00 -0400Rand Paul and Rick Perry are having the most important debate of the 2016 electionhttp://theweek.com/article/index/264779/rand-paul-and-rick-perry-are-having-the-most-important-debate-of-the-2016-electionhttp://theweek.com/article/index/264779/rand-paul-and-rick-perry-are-having-the-most-important-debate-of-the-2016-election<img src="https://7e8c.https.cdn.softlayer.net/807E8C/origin.theweek.com/img/dir_0122/61178_article_main/w/240/h/300/listen-to-this-man.jpg?206" /></P><p class="p1">Last weekend, Texas Gov. Rick Perry accused Sen. Rand Paul of being too much of an "isolationist." This week, Paul fired back, asking Perry how many American kids should die for an Iraq that Iraqis won't or can't defend themselves.</p><p class="p1">It's gratifying to see two potential 2016 Republican candidates fighting about foreign policy, because foreign policy is one of the areas where American presidents still have relatively free rein to pursue their own course. That means these barbed speeches and press releases may constitute the most important debate of the nascent 2016 presidential election.</p><p class="p1">One of...</p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/264779/rand-paul-and-rick-perry-are-having-the-most-important-debate-of-the-2016-election">More</a>By <a href="/author/michael-brendan-dougherty" ><span class="byline">Michael Brendan Dougherty</span></a>Wed, 16 Jul 2014 11:10:00 -0400What Democrats always forget about Hillaryhttp://theweek.com/article/index/264574/what-democrats-always-forget-about-hillaryhttp://theweek.com/article/index/264574/what-democrats-always-forget-about-hillary<img src="https://7e8c.https.cdn.softlayer.net/807E8C/origin.theweek.com/img/dir_0122/61070_article_main/w/240/h/300/clintons-past-accomplishments-dont-make-for-a-guaranteed-trip-to-the-white-house.jpg?206" /></P><p class="p1">Hillary Clinton already wears the mantle of presumptive nominee for president. She's an accomplished lawyer, a member of Walmart's board of directors, a close adviser to her husband when he was president, a two-term senator from New York, and secretary of state. And yet, she is a horrible politician.</p><p class="p2">So far, she has been able to sew up lots of Democratic money and support, and build an organization without actually beginning her campaign. She hasn't even decided on running, but maintains the repose of someone awaiting her party's coronation. That is a wise strategy.</p><p class="p1">Consider that Clinton has...</p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/264574/what-democrats-always-forget-about-hillary">More</a>By <a href="/author/michael-brendan-dougherty" ><span class="byline">Michael Brendan Dougherty</span></a>Mon, 14 Jul 2014 06:06:00 -0400In defense of Pope Benedict and the Latin Masshttp://theweek.com/article/index/264408/in-defense-of-pope-benedict-and-the-latin-masshttp://theweek.com/article/index/264408/in-defense-of-pope-benedict-and-the-latin-mass<img src="https://7e8c.https.cdn.softlayer.net/807E8C/origin.theweek.com/img/dir_0121/60981_article_main/w/240/h/300/well-done.jpg?206" /></P><p>Twelve summers ago I entered a dusty little church in a Polish neighborhood in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., that Poles had abandoned long ago. It was a 45-minute drive from my home. The old, wooden high altar and the sanctuary it sat in had not been renovated, marked as they were by New York state as too historically important to endure the trendy changes of church architecture in the 1960s, &rsquo;<span data-scayt_word="70s" data-scaytid="2">70s</span>, and &rsquo;<span data-scayt_word="80s" data-scaytid="3">80s</span>. The people there were a crusty lot, hardened by years of struggle between their own bishops and priests. Some were made saintly by this. Others were conspiracists, and grouchy. A few seemed...</p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/264408/in-defense-of-pope-benedict-and-the-latin-mass">More</a>By <a href="/author/michael-brendan-dougherty" ><span class="byline">Michael Brendan Dougherty</span></a>Wed, 09 Jul 2014 06:07:00 -0400The Hobby Lobby case should never have happenedhttp://theweek.com/article/index/264178/the-hobby-lobby-case-should-never-have-happenedhttp://theweek.com/article/index/264178/the-hobby-lobby-case-should-never-have-happened<img src="https://7e8c.https.cdn.softlayer.net/807E8C/origin.theweek.com/img/dir_0121/60867_article_main/w/240/h/300/your-boss-really-shouldnt-be-involvednbsp.jpg?206" /></P><p>The Hobby Lobby case pitted two cherished American principles against each other. One was the free exercise of religion, as expressed in the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The other was access to contraception, embodied in the Supreme Court's <em>Griswold</em> decision from the 1960s, and in the regulations issuing from the Department of Health and Human Services.</p><p class="p1">But the only reason this conflict arose was a New Deal-era tax loophole that gave birth to our peculiar employer-based health care system. The main lesson of Hobby Lobby is that this system has to go.</p><p class="p1">That means Americans need to decide...</p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/264178/the-hobby-lobby-case-should-never-have-happened">More</a>By <a href="/author/michael-brendan-dougherty" ><span class="byline">Michael Brendan Dougherty</span></a>Thu, 03 Jul 2014 10:40:00 -0400Does America really need a higher purpose?http://theweek.com/article/index/264033/does-america-really-need-a-higher-purposehttp://theweek.com/article/index/264033/does-america-really-need-a-higher-purpose<img src="https://7e8c.https.cdn.softlayer.net/807E8C/origin.theweek.com/img/dir_0121/60783_article_main/w/240/h/300/just-be-you.jpg?206" /></P><p class="p1">The greatest American superstition of the last century or more is that America needs some greater purpose on the world stage &mdash; that it is a character in search of motivation. "What is America for?" the pundit asks. "If not my peculiar ideological fetish, then it must be for nothing."</p><p class="p1">David Brooks is one to worry in this vein. "Americans have lost faith in their own gospel," he recently wrote, noting a decline in sweeping visions of democratic capitalism that would make America the morning star of a new, better epoch in human history. "Without the faith, leaders grow small; they have no sacred...</p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/264033/does-america-really-need-a-higher-purpose">More</a>By <a href="/author/michael-brendan-dougherty" ><span class="byline">Michael Brendan Dougherty</span></a>Tue, 01 Jul 2014 06:04:00 -0400In defense of inherited wealthhttp://theweek.com/article/index/263781/in-defense-of-inherited-wealthhttp://theweek.com/article/index/263781/in-defense-of-inherited-wealth<img src="https://7e8c.https.cdn.softlayer.net/807E8C/origin.theweek.com/img/dir_0121/60667_article_main/w/240/h/300/even-the-clintons-would-agree.jpg?206" /></P><p class="p1">Wealthy and idle young people bother us. In the abstract, we resent these little princelings and suspect them to be deficient in the will to succeed and innovate. My colleague John Aziz made a dramatic form of this argument recently, saying that inherited wealth is the mechanism of feudalism, and, well, did you know that the Middle Ages were very low growth years compared to the Industrial Revolution? When the market loses the children of the talented to a pampered upbringing, we lose their wealth-spreading innovative talent.</p><p class="p1">Essentially, Aziz has argued that we would all be wealthier if Chelsea...</p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/263781/in-defense-of-inherited-wealth">More</a>By <a href="/author/michael-brendan-dougherty" ><span class="byline">Michael Brendan Dougherty</span></a>Thu, 26 Jun 2014 06:18:00 -0400Republicans: Now is the time to admit you were wrong about the Iraq Warhttp://theweek.com/article/index/263486/republicans-now-is-the-time-to-admit-you-were-wrong-about-the-iraq-warhttp://theweek.com/article/index/263486/republicans-now-is-the-time-to-admit-you-were-wrong-about-the-iraq-war<img src="https://7e8c.https.cdn.softlayer.net/807E8C/origin.theweek.com/img/dir_0121/60538_article_main/w/240/h/300/now-yes-now.jpg?206" /></P><p class="p1">Hillary Clinton is doing it. Glenn Beck did it too. And Dick Cheney? Not so much. <br /></p><p class="p1">This is the season for admitting you were wrong on Iraq in 2003. And all Republicans who either regret their vote to authorize the invasion of Iraq, or who were silent on foreign policy matters back then, should take this occasion to step up and say they'll never make the same mistake twice. To them I say: Do it for the sake of your conscience, and if not that, at least for the sake of your career.</p><p class="p1">In the Obama years, Republicans have habituated themselves to being noncommittal on policy questions. They are for...</p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/263486/republicans-now-is-the-time-to-admit-you-were-wrong-about-the-iraq-war">More</a>By <a href="/author/michael-brendan-dougherty" ><span class="byline">Michael Brendan Dougherty</span></a>Fri, 20 Jun 2014 06:09:00 -0400The World Cup is the perfect time to find your adopted second countryhttp://theweek.com/article/index/263408/the-world-cup-is-the-perfect-time-to-find-your-adopted-second-countryhttp://theweek.com/article/index/263408/the-world-cup-is-the-perfect-time-to-find-your-adopted-second-country<img src="https://7e8c.https.cdn.softlayer.net/807E8C/origin.theweek.com/img/dir_0120/60496_article_main/w/240/h/300/pick-a-country-or-five.jpg?206" /></P><p class="p1">Ever feel patriotic for another country? George Orwell observed a phenomenon among some writers that he named "transferred nationalism." According to Orwell, the unique problem of transferred nationalism is that it allowed one "to be much more nationalistic &mdash; more vulgar, more silly, more malignant, more dishonest &mdash; that he could ever be on behalf of his native country, or any unit of which he had real knowledge."</p><p class="p2">Some communists became transferred Russian nationalists. G.K. Chesterton, who was a little Englander in his home politics, developed a crush on French military valor and...</p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/263408/the-world-cup-is-the-perfect-time-to-find-your-adopted-second-country">More</a>By <a href="/author/michael-brendan-dougherty" ><span class="byline">Michael Brendan Dougherty</span></a>Thu, 19 Jun 2014 06:07:00 -0400What happened to Ireland's national pride?http://theweek.com/article/index/263246/what-happened-to-irelands-national-pridehttp://theweek.com/article/index/263246/what-happened-to-irelands-national-pride<img src="https://7e8c.https.cdn.softlayer.net/807E8C/origin.theweek.com/img/dir_0120/60428_article_main/w/240/h/300/the-blows-from-the-financial-crisis-still-ache.jpg?206" /></P><p class="p1">Over the next 30 years, the world will mark a parade of grim centennials, reflecting the civilization-altering events of World War I, the Russian Revolution, the Great Depression, the Holocaust, and World War II. But in Ireland, the centennials that should be a source of national pride &mdash; the Rising and independence won &mdash; will be met with a jarring reality.</p><p class="p1">What was the tyranny that Ireland set to throw off in 1916? Some 19 years before the Rising, in a speech he gave on the occasion of Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee, Patrick Pearse summed it up:</p><p >During this glorious reign [of Queen...</p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/263246/what-happened-to-irelands-national-pride">More</a>By <a href="/author/michael-brendan-dougherty" ><span class="byline">Michael Brendan Dougherty</span></a>Tue, 17 Jun 2014 06:10:00 -0400When discrimination is necessary for diversityhttp://theweek.com/article/index/262957/when-discrimination-is-necessary-for-diversityhttp://theweek.com/article/index/262957/when-discrimination-is-necessary-for-diversity<img src="https://7e8c.https.cdn.softlayer.net/807E8C/origin.theweek.com/img/dir_0120/60290_article_main/w/240/h/300/efforts-to-adjudicate-diversity-on-campus-can-veer-into-the-absurd.jpg?206" /></P><p class="p1">Over a decade ago, the college I attended had a student group that existed to change its purpose every semester. Collegiate memories are an inexact thing, but I recall that it was once a Nietzschean Hole Diggers Club and used its budget to buy shovels. You know, for digging holes in the ground while discussing the transvaluation of values. In another semester it was a Hippie Hygiene club that gave out bars of soap to people who were deemed in need of an insulting gesture.</p><p class="p1">What would have been even stranger, though, is if my college had required the club to allow a Lockean Ditch Repairer or an...</p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/262957/when-discrimination-is-necessary-for-diversity">More</a>By <a href="/author/michael-brendan-dougherty" ><span class="byline">Michael Brendan Dougherty</span></a>Thu, 12 Jun 2014 06:07:00 -0400Stop helicopter-parenting other people's kidshttp://theweek.com/article/index/262746/stop-helicopter-parenting-other-peoples-kidshttp://theweek.com/article/index/262746/stop-helicopter-parenting-other-peoples-kids<img src="https://7e8c.https.cdn.softlayer.net/807E8C/origin.theweek.com/img/dir_0120/60191_article_main/w/240/h/300/actually-no-its-not-your-job-to-watch-everyones-children.jpg?206" /></P><p class="p1">Surely the joys of parenthood include all the happy occasions to judge other parents inferior. But should we arrest them?</p><p class="p2">This week<em> Salon</em> published a heartrending story by a mother who let her child play with an iPad in the car while she went into a store for a few minutes. It was about 50 degrees outside. Some bystander decided to videotape the incident, and then, without confronting her, filed a police report. A warrant was put out for the mother's arrest for contributing to the delinquency of a minor.</p><p class="p2">The only problem that I can see in her account is her willingness to believe she did something...</p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/262746/stop-helicopter-parenting-other-peoples-kids">More</a>By <a href="/author/michael-brendan-dougherty" ><span class="byline">Michael Brendan Dougherty</span></a>Fri, 06 Jun 2014 06:03:00 -0400