Marvin Olasky

Marvin is editor in chief of WORLD News Group and the author of more than 20 books, including The Tragedy of American Compassion. His latest book is World View: Seeking Grace and Truth in Our Common Life. Follow Marvin on Twitter @MarvinOlasky.

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Running from Trump

Books | An ex-Republican’s complaint, and views on immigration and education
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 11/06/18, 11:52 am

Max Boot’s The Corrosion of Conservatism: How I Left the Right (Liveright, 2018) is the sad tale of a former Wall Street Journal op-ed page editor driven to despair by Donald Trump and his final acceptance by GOP leaders: Boot is now a man without a party. He accurately points out Trump’s character problems and attacks “Trump toadies.” But Boot leans over so far to discount the threat on the other side that he describes Hillary Clinton as “resolutely centrist” and applauds “the Clintons’ moderate views.”

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Making immigration work

Immigration | Thankful for those who came before us while welcoming those who truly seek refuge
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 11/03/18, 10:46 am

Thanksgiving month: A time to celebrate pioneers who came to America, natives who were hospitable, and the sweet land of liberty that resulted.

The immigration debate rages hot, and here are three columns (from 1994, 2002, and 2008) from the WORLD Magazine vault that I wrote in relation to that debate. I don’t at all minimize the concerns many Americans have in regard to radical Islamists or MS-13 gangsters in our midst. I would like to suggest that our basic predisposition should be pro-immigration for historical, sociological, and theological reasons.

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Enlightenment optimism

Books | From Pangloss to Pollyanna to Pinker
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 10/25/18, 02:16 pm

Several readers have asked me what I think of Steven Pinker’s best-selling Enlightenment Now (Viking, 2018). They could have asked Bill Gates, who called it his “new favorite book of all time.” They could have asked The New York Times (“a terrific book”) or Publishers Weekly (“heartening”). But they asked me, so I’ll give them my opinion: It’s partly true materially, and nuts spiritually.

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