In 2020, Law & Liberty continued to publish opinion pieces addressing the most serious issues in our politics and culture, as well as film and television reviews from a perspective you may not find elsewhere. Here are the five most-read pieces of the year:
1) Virus Death in Democratic and Republican States, by James R. Rogers
If you listen to the Democrats and their cheerleaders in the mainstream media, their leaders are simply smarter and more caring. But if the Democrats were so smart and caring, then why this huge divergence in death rates between Republican and Democratic states?
2) Why the left is losing, by Eric Kaufmann
The struggles of the left are based on a realignment of politics away from the economic conflicts of the 20th century towards the cultural battles of the 21st century. Rather than just talking about state redistribution versus free markets, the elections increasingly revolve around issues of immigration, national identity and internal security. This puts the left at a disadvantage.
3) Yellowstone and the faded American dream of Titus Techera
Writer and director Taylor Sheridan wants to teach us through a tragedy, so his protagonists are essentially honorable, which is no longer tolerated in our storytelling. Discussing his story of ranchers and their enemies in Bozeman, Montana, Titus Techera asks: How can we raise honorable men when we tolerate bobo elites, despise honor, and use every institution of government and market to end it?
4) Social Control and Human Dignity, by Benjamin A. Peterson
Why Glenn Loury provides important conservative reading on mass, crime and human development: The problem is less in what we do and more in what we do not, namely enabling the human development of many people and communities that are themselves relying too heavily on a criminal justice system to control the outcomes of social dysfunction.
5) Jane Austen’s improbable Emma by James R. Rogers
Emma’s remarkable virtue is revealed all the more through her rather serious vices. Accepting external chastisement requires extraordinary maturity and even grace. Emma, who learns from her friend’s reprimands when she has no external incentives, shows us her striking and hopeful spiritual maturity.