Rachel Lu
Rachel Lu
Rachel Lu is a senior contributor at The Federalist. She has a PhD in philosophy from Cornell University and teaches at the University of St Thomas. As a Robert Novak Fellow, she is currently researching criminal justice reform. Her non-academic work can be found in Touchstone Magazine, the Public Discourse and Crisis Magazine. She is also a former Peace Corps Volunteer. Follow her on Twitter.
Ted Cruz Is Severus Snape

Ingenious, calculating, cloaked men sometimes turn out to be bad. Yet cold, calculating men can also be judged unfairly.

Why Are Progressives On An Anti-Christian Witch Hunt?

Mary Eberstadt’s new book argues ‘It’s Dangerous to Believe’—and that progressives need to learn to live with the religious believers before a creeping totalitarianism overtakes us all.

Is Anti-Race-Baiting A Form Of Race-Baiting?

At this moment conservatives should be looking for common ground and viable solutions, not radioactive buttons to push.

Why Gender-Neutral Child-Raising Is A Terrible Idea

Under the label ‘gender-neutral parenting,’ liberals are now trying to liberate boys from boyhood.

You Don’t Have To Be Black Lives Matter To Support Police Accountability

An ugly news story breaks, and many people’s immediate impulse is to run interference for the cops. They should restrain it. After all, police are people, too.

Minimum Wages And Trade Barriers Can’t Manufacture Dignity

Large-scale market interference risks turning some jobs into anti-productive workfare programs. What might that do for the dignity of the American worker?

What Brexit Says About The New Tribalism

Brexit, Trumpism, and rising nationalist parties in Europe demonstrate people will not forever consent to be led by cosmopolitans through the nose.

Are Sports The Last Great Thing About America?

The enchanted win of LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday suggests sports can give our divided nation a means to solidarity and healing.

We Need Sentencing Reform And This Bill Is A Good Start

The past two decades have seen ramped-up sentences for drug criminals, which have cost us billions in taxpayer money, while yielding few benefits. Let’s take this opportunity to do better.

Conservatives Shouldn’t Blink On Criminal Justice Reform

The real myth about criminal justice reform is that we somehow have a choice in whether it happens.

The LGBT Movement Will Self-Destruct

Within my lifetime, the LGBT movement will die. It will be remembered not as a Selma moment, but as a Salem moment: a period of collective insanity.

Yuval Levin Lightens Charles Murray’s Predictions Of America’s Doom

Precisely because he gets so much right, it’s easy to miss the things Charles Murray gets wrong about America’s current crisis. Yuval Levin to the rescue.

Alicia Florrick Is A Bad Wife

As a legal procedural and political drama, ‘The Good Wife’ is smart, nuanced and interesting. As a matrimonial tutorial, its moral is not so subtle. Marriage is doomed.

6 Traits Of People Who Help Others Out Of Prison Into Work

In a nation rife with social breakdown, it’s just not feasible to incarcerate all of our felons for life. Some attention must be given to rehabilitation.

5 Possible Reasons Conservatives Are Crazy About Sex

Let’s consider some possibilities about why conservatives seem to have so many rules about sex.

The Promise And Peril Of Being ‘Smarter Faster Better’

Bestselling self-help author Charles Duhigg touts the secrets to personal growth and high productivity. But is it even possible for a book to make you ‘Smarter Faster Better’?

Why Pro-Lifers Don’t Support Punishing Women For Abortion

Donald Trump’s remarks about punishing women who abort their children demonstrate how completely his sensibilities have been formed by the progressive left.

Erin Andrews Deserves Every Penny Of Her $55 Million Judgment

This is not just about Erin Andrews’ feelings, or the unpleasantness of being embarrassed. This is about an objective assault on her dignity, and it’s shameful to dismiss that.

How To Redirect Today’s Socialism And Fascism Towards Limited Government

In the midst of the nightmare, we might take comfort in this silver lining: if we wake up, there may still be a path forward.

Cruz And Rubio Need To Fire At Trump, Not Each Other

Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio and their respective supporters need to realize that the other is not the enemy. Donald Trump is.