Joe Puchner


Planned Parenthood videos raise questions

Over the past couple of weeks, a series of undercover videos has shown Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion provider, to be allegedly selling the body parts of the fetuses they abort.

Rhetorical persuasion lost in Internet culture

About seven score and twelve years ago, a man was president who nearly always carried with him a set of Shakespeare's plays, which helped this man absorb the power of rhetorical persuasion. This man, Abraham Lincoln, understood that reason and argument, combined with eloquence in speech and delivery, ...

Same-sex marriage debate has nothing to do with love, equality

Immediately after five unelected judges imposed a new definition of marriage on all 50 states, many Americans hailed Obergefell v. Hodges as a victory for love. Additionally, many are convinced that eliminating gender distinctions in marriage is a step toward full legal equality. A quick look at ...

Humanities integral to rounded education

The University of Bologna, the oldest continually operating university in the world, was founded nearly a millennia ago to train students in the arts of rhetoric, grammar, and logic, for the purpose of developing their reason, intellect, and eloquence.

Corruption in sports just part of the game

“And with regard to the actions of all men, and especially with princes where there is no court of appeal, we must look at the final result.... the ordinary people are always taken by the appearance and the outcome of a thing.” - Niccolò Machiavelli, “The Prince.”

Treatment of RFRA supporters unfair

If you tuned into the news or browsed social media over the past few weeks, you may have been led to believe that the state of Indiana legalized unjust discrimination or passed an oppressive law that denies a group of individuals various rights.

Vatican a valuable voice on climate

If I were to ask you what the “greenest” sovereign state in the world is, you’d probably guess something like Finland or Iceland, right?

Sexual violence is not entertainment

With a certain movie that glorifies violence against women coming out this Valentine’s weekend, it’s clear that our culture has adopted a certain double standard when it comes to pornography and sexual violence.

Abortion violates basic human rights

On Jan. 22, 1973, the United States Supreme Court issued a ruling that stripped a certain class of humans, pre-born humans, of their right to life by legalizing abortion on demand in the United States. In these past 42 years, abortion activists have attempted to create a right to abortion in the United ...