Hobby Lobby, and the Fictitious Dichotomy of Religious Freedom and Women’s Rights

An old Latin proverb states, “parva leves capiunt animas,” which translates roughly to “small things occupy small minds.” Indeed, the background question lingering among many current political discussions goes as follows: are you in favor of women’s rights or are you in favor of religious freedom? To those even casually following the recent Supreme Court ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, the reactions from those in the political sphere are both disheartening—as a whole and in their details—and antithetical to a sensible national conversation. Likewise, there is hardly a sense…

Obamacare is No Prescription for Income Inequality

When President Barack Obama passed the Affordable Care Act in 2010 without a single Republican vote, it seemed to many as though the Democratic Party was embarking on a tyranny-of-the-majority of sorts. With procedural maneuvers in place to annul Republican efforts at blocking its passage, the bill—termed ‘Obamacare’ by many on the right—became law, finally fulfilling the decades-old liberal dream of healthcare reform. Immediately after the bill was signed, David Leonhardt wrote in the New York Times as one of the first to declare that the new law was “the federal…