Join us at Acton’s Rome Conference on ‘Globalization, Justice, and the Economy: The Jesuit Contribution’

The current era of globalization, with all its opportunities and challenges, is not the first time that the Church has had to grapple with economic changes on a global scale. In the fifteenth, sixteenth, and seventeenth centuries, Catholic theologians explored the moral, political, and economic implications of expanding commerce and trade routes across the globe – to India, China, Africa, and, of course, the New World. Continue Reading...

Report: Education Secretary Betsy DeVos criticizes ‘sycophants of the system’ at Acton dinner

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was warmly welcomed at the Acton Institute’s 27th Annual Dinner on Wednesday night and won applause for her plans to promote innovation and choice in schools. According to an article on her speech published on the MLive news site, she told dinner attendees that “we can amplify the voices of families that only want better for their kids, we can assist states who are working to further empower parents, and we can urge those who haven’t to start.” The “outdated education model” is to blame for the present lack of school choice DeVos stated, and it is this “”antiquated approach, which, incidentally, is being imitated today by too many private and parochial schools as well, fails families by forcing them into the same one-size-fits-all box.” MLive reporter Brian McVicar noted that “DeVos also touched on the status of education” in her home town of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Continue Reading...

Work too much? You might have the ‘Proletariat Touch’

Two weeks ago, a group of scholars from around the world gathered in Notre Dame, Indiana for Holy Cross College’s Labor and Leisure Conference. Among the many present was scholar Joseph Zahn, who presented his paper, “The Status of Leisure in the Human Person: Whether Leisure is a Virtue?” With levity in his voice, Zahn began: “Writing a paper on leisure without leisure is a difficult, if not utterly futile, task.” Set to begin his doctoral studies in philosophy at the University of Dallas in the fall, Zahn already has presented three papers at various academic conferences. Continue Reading...

Does Russell Kirk still matter in today’s America?

Many might not even recognize the name “Russell Kirk,” and those who do often do not know the true impact of his contributions. Kirk quickly rose to prominence in American political discourse during the 1950s, but fell from the public eye following Barry Goldwater’s defeat in the 1964 presidential election, whom Kirk had firmly supported. Continue Reading...