Marvin Olasky

Marvin is editor in chief of WORLD and the author of more than 20 books, including The Tragedy of American Compassion. His latest book is Reforming Journalism. Follow Marvin on Twitter @MarvinOlasky.

It’s a dog’s life

Money | A tale of cultural change
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 1/30/20, 01:13 pm

Some of you will be reading this on Feb. 12, Abraham Lincoln’s birthday in 1809. Lincoln is integral to the story I’m about to tell, but, first, some context.

Susan and I are the proud caretakers of our fourth dog, Greeley, named after famed newspaper editor Horace Greeley, whose birthday was Feb. 3, 1811. We liked our previous three dogs, but we like 5-year-old Greeley even more, so what I’m about to relate is no reflection on him: It’s a tale of cultural change.

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Abortion and legal minimalism

Abortion | The goal in the 19th century was to contain the killing of the unborn
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 1/18/20, 01:34 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that we lament on its Jan. 22 anniversary swept away the abortion laws of all 50 states. Those laws had not sprung up instantaneously. They were typically the product of decades of social development, discussion, and debate—and sometimes legislative wheeling and dealing as well.

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The arrogance of the new

South America | At Brazil’s Museum of Tomorrow, the past is inferior and the future is trouble
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 1/16/20, 03:21 pm

What respect do we owe the aged—not just old people but old books, artifacts, buildings, and ideas that aren’t woke? 

My wife and I walked around Rio de Janeiro in December and saw beautiful old buildings including the Municipal Theater and the National Library—but not Brazil’s oldest scientific institution, the National Museum. A fire in 2018 destroyed it and its nearly 20 million natural history and anthropological artifacts, along with 470,000 volumes and 2,400 rare works. 

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