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...

Are slums ever good?

It doesn’t seem that anyone would WANT to live in a slum. But that is not necessarily true, according to Charles Kenny of Foreign Policy. In fact, for many of the world’s poor, a slum can offer opportunities and services not available in rural areas.   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...

On Call in Culture Skills Review

Over several weeks we have been talking about the skills we need to develop as we are On Call in Culture; a Kingdom-focused memory, storytelling (which involves observation and reflection), and vulnerability. Continue Reading...