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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...

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How Evangelicals Invented Liberals’ Favorite Legal Doctrine Matthew Lee Anderson, The Federalist ‘The Evangelical Origins of the Living Constitution’ makes a persuasive historical case that nineteenth-century conservative Christians legislating morality created many of the problems associated with twenty-first-century liberals. Continue Reading...
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What do Americans mean by “socialism”?

Campus Reform, a project of the Leadership Institute, recently interviewed students in Washington, D.C. to get their opinions on socialism. Not surprisingly, most of them were all for it. And also not surprisingly, most of them could not explain what they mean by socialism. Continue Reading...

Arvo Pärt on the economy of wonder

Our society has grown increasingly transactional in its ways of thinking, whether about family, business, education, or politics. Everything we spend, steward, or invest — our money, time, and relationships — must somehow secure an immediate personal return or reward, lest it be cast aside as “wasteful.” As an overarching philosophy of life, such an approach fails not due only due to its narrow individualism, but also to its cramped obsession with scarcity, standing in stark contrast with the lavish abundance and gratuitous generosity of the Gospel. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 07.17.17

Trump Might Impose Tariffs and Quotas on Foreign Steel Josh Boak, Associated Press President Donald Trump is considering putting tariffs and quotas on steel imported from foreign countries. The Cardinal Virtues of Our Time Jacob Bruggeman, Values & Capitalism Prudence, courage, temperance, and justice—the four cardinal virtues. Continue Reading...
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Building the moral imagination

“How many people know how to ride a bicycle? How many people can explain how a bicycle works?” asked Michael Miller, research fellow at the Acton Institute, during his lecture on “Moral Imagination” at Acton University. Continue Reading...