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The Intellectual Exploration Of Michael Novak

It is no stretch to say that Michael Novak is a towering figure in 20th century Catholic social thought. His 1982 seminal work, The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism, influenced thinkers in the U.S., Latin America and Soviet-controlled countries. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 02.07.14

UN Attacks Catholic Teaching Under the Pretext of Protecting Children Anne Hendershott, Crisis Magazine In their continuing quest to marginalize the influence of the Catholic Church on the culture war issues of abortion and same-sex marriage, the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child is attempting to resurrect yet again the moral panic surrounding exaggerated claims of clerical sexual abuse. Continue Reading...

Obamacare and the Laffer Curve Napkin

During a meeting in a restaurant with two officials from the Ford Administration — Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld — a young economist sketched a curve on a napkin to illustrate an argument he was making. Continue Reading...

Why Natural Law Arguments Are Necessary

A few weeks ago I asked why natural law arguments more persuasive. Natural law advocates intend for such argument to persuade both believers and non-believers, so how do they account for the relative ineffectualness of such arguments? Continue Reading...

Obama’s Remarks At National Prayer Breakfast

The National Prayer Breakfast, a D.C.-event going back to 1953, was held this morning. The keynote was USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah, and President Obama added remarks. Obama chose to focus on religious freedom, calling it a matter of “national security,” and commenting that he was looking forward to his trip to the Vatican next month to meet with Pope Francis. Continue Reading...

‘Finally, a Conservative Leader’

Australian P.M. Tony Abbott Acton’s Director of Research, Samuel Gregg, recently wrote a special report, Finally, a Conservative Leader over at The American Spectator. Last year, a reporter asked Gregg who the current “outstanding center-right head of government” is. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 02.06.14

Mr. President, Why Do You Oppose School Choice? Israel Ortega, The Foundry In a largely unreported story, a couple in Pennsylvania is facing charges that could land them in jail for nearly seven years. Continue Reading...