The Poverty Trap in France

In France, more than half of the population benefits directly or indirectly from welfare payments. Not surprisingly, the result has been that that the poverty rate for the past twenty years has remained unchanged. Continue Reading...

Right to Work and the Free Rider Myth

One of the strongest arguments against Right to Work legislation is that such laws exasperates the “free rider” problem. In the context of unions, a free rider is an employee who pays no union dues or agency shop fees, but nonetheless receives the same benefits of union representation as dues-payers. Continue Reading...

Asceticism and the Free Society

This past Friday, I had the opportunity to present a paper at the Sophia Institute annual conference at Union Theological Seminary. This year’s topic was “Marriage, Family, and Love in the Eastern Orthodox Tradition.” My paper was titled, “What Makes a Society?” and focused, in the context of marriage and the family, on developing an Orthodox Christian answer to that question. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks – 12.13.12

The False Social Concerns About Right-to-Work James M. Hohman, Mackinac Center In the Detroit Free Press, Stephen Henderson expresses concern that right-to-work states are doing worse than forced unionism states in a number of social trends. Continue Reading...

A Thought on Wealth and Wisdom

My friend John Teevan of Grace College sends out a newsletter every month called “Economic Prospect.” This month’s edition included this valuable insight: Here is a short passage from Ezekiel 28:4-5 that speaks to us about overconfidence in producing wealth: By your wisdom and understanding you have gained wealth for yourself and amassed gold and silver in your treasuries. Continue Reading...

The Dangers of Anti-Sharia Laws

Anti-sharia legislation being proposed by the Michigan state legislature is being opposed by what may seem like an unlikely group: Catholics. The Michigan Catholic Conference, citing a potential impact on Catholic canon law, is speaking out against a bill in the Michigan House of Representatives that would prohibit the application of foreign law in Michigan. Continue Reading...

Is Distributism a Form of Capitalism?

G. K. Chesterton(one of the founding fathers of distributism) Today at Ethika Politika, in response to a few writers who have offered, in my estimate, less-than-charitable characterizations of capitalism, I ask the question, “Which Capitalism?” (also the title of my article). Continue Reading...