Fr. Sirico on 9/11 and the End of Freedom

In his latest column at Forbes, Fr. Robert Sirico discusses his memories of 9/11 and the end of freedom: One might also be tempted to imagine that the answer to bin Laden’s religious mania is a morally neutral public square. Continue Reading...

How Ayn Rand’s Philosophy Supports the Welfare State

The paradox of Ayn Rand’s philosophy, James Joseph explains, is that her defense of individual freedom provides a “self-defeating apologia for the American welfare state.” Here we have Ms Rand’s answer to the murder-fueled regimes of mid-century communism: The Individual is the sole scale of value, individual freedom is necessary to the individual survival, she says, and my survival is the sole end of my existence. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks – 09.07.12

The Problem With Modern Economics Elise Amyx, Institute for Faith, Work & Economics Economics has become a field for academia snobs and policy wonks, not everyday people. Why is it so confusing? Continue Reading...

Recessions and Recoveries

Stanford economists Russ Roberts and John Taylor offer a helpful discussion potential GDP, recessions, and recoveries. Their comparison of previous recession/recovery cycles to the most recent one helps to illuminate just how unusual (read: terrible) our current recovery has been. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks – 09.05.12

Circumcision in Germany: New Information and Lessons for America Greg Forster, Hang Together You may have heard about the report that a rabbi in Germany (of all places!) is being criminally charged for practicing circumcision. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks – 09.04.12

Jewish Aleppo, Lost Forever Joseph Dana, Tablet The Syrian diaspora in Israel watches its once-vibrant ancestral home fall to ruin in the country’s civil war. Republicans Are Wrong on Call for Gold Standard Bruce Bartlett, New York Times If the goal is to reduce governmental influence in monetary affairs and reduce financial instability, a gold standard would move in the opposite direction on both counts. Continue Reading...

The Problem of Political Messianism

Messianic claims and expectations about politicians are problematic whether they come from the left or from the right, says Ray Nothstine. In his speech at the John Locke Foundation, Nothstine discusses the problems associated with political messianism in American politics. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks – 09.04.12

The Gold Standard Goes Mainstream Seth Lipsky, Wall Street Journal In the ferment within today’s Republican Party, there’s a growing realization that America’s system of fiat money is part of the economic problem. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks – 08.31.12

Is Caring for the Poor Too Big for the Church? Kristin Hansen, Institute for Faith, Work & Economics How are Christians to think through this question from a sound Biblical and economic perspective? Continue Reading...

PowerLinks – 08.29.12

Judaism’s Central Sacrifice David P. Goldman, Tablet Yoram Hazony’s new book bases Judaism on a naturalistic reading of the Bible, but it’s a stretch. HHS revises mandate third time; foes say it misses the point Michelle Bauman, Catholic News Agency A slight revision of the federal contraception mandate offers some additional protection for certain religious employers but is not sufficient to ease religious freedom concerns, said a lawyer who is working to challenge the mandate in court. Continue Reading...