2005 Annual Dinner Highlights

Former president of El Salvador, Francisco Flores Acton Insititute, President, Rev. Robert Sirico I compiled a short list of quotations taken from the remarks made by Rev. Robert Sirico and former president of El Salvador, Francisco Flores. Continue Reading...

British Ingenuity

Perhaps Uncle Sam… Interesting news from across the pond today. Our British friends seem to be making education a bit more ‘user friendly’. Education Secretary Ruth Kelly is proposing a system where “parents dissatisfied with local schools will be encouraged to set up their own…’The underlying principle is simple – freedom for schools and power for parents,’ said the education secretary.” The Acton Institute has long promoted the idea that the primary responsibility for a child’s education lies with the parents. Continue Reading...

Ideas Have Consequences

An illuminating passage from an interview with Peter Schweizer on National Review Online. Schweizer is the author of Do As I Say (Not As I Do): Profiles in Liberal Hypocrisy: …the consequences of liberal hypocrisy are different than for the conservative variety. Continue Reading...

iBelieve in iPod

Apparently, the religion of iPod is the fastest growing religion in the world. And now, you can even buy the “divine iBelieve” cap for your iPod shuffle, to let others know of your commitments to your religion and music. Continue Reading...

SHAFTA?

Last night, at Acton’s 15 Year Dinner in Grand Rapids, former president of El Salvador Francisco Flores gave a reason for his county’s great economic success: it stopped blaming others. Compare this with another statement yesterday by another politician, Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm. Continue Reading...

Calvin and Hobbes Draw the Line

In case you missed it, the Washington Post did a fun review of the new three-volume art book on the Calvin and Hobbes comic strip. For a parent who raised two daughters during the strip’s 10-year run from 1985 to 1995, it’s refreshing to learn that creator Bill Watterson rejected all attempts at further commercializing the adventures and musings of the young boy and his stuffed tiger. Continue Reading...

Mr. Barroso’s Wake-Up Call

Jose Manuel Barroso, the President of the European Commission, is calling on all “civilized and rational” people to combat anti-trade populism of the sort that is designed to whip up fear and protectionism. Continue Reading...

2005 Samaritan Award Winner Announced

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War and Religion

“I don’t think many of the conflicts I’ve covered were really about religion. It’s about territory. It’s about power. It’s about other things. It’s just broken down along religious lines.” James Nachtwey, war photographer, 56, New York City (Interviewed by Cal Fussman, Esquire, Oct 01 ’05) Continue Reading...