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Detroit: A Collapse of Real Integrity

Douglas Wilson has an interesting take on Detroit’s bankruptcy: “like a drunk trying to make it to the next lamp post.” Why this analogy? Wilson says we first have to understand that Detroit is inevitably in a defaulting situation; the question now is what kind of default. Continue Reading...

Cyber-Sex Slavery in the 21st Century

The combination of poverty, sexual trafficking, and technology has given rise to a new form of slavery: cyber-sex trafficking. As CNN explains, anyone who has a computer, internet, a Web cam, and an exploited woman or child can be in business: Andrea was 14 years old the first time a voice over the Internet told her to take off her clothes. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 07.22.13

Worth Worrying About? Same-Sex Marriage & Religious Freedom Richard W. Garnett, Commonweal Justice Kennedy’s Windsor opinion and much of the commentary celebrating it provide good reasons to be wary and worried. Continue Reading...

Hobby Lobby Wins Significant Victory for Religious Freedom

According to the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, for-profit businesses won a significant victory for religious liberty today. A federal court granted Hobby Lobby a preliminary injunction against the HHS abortion-drug mandate, preventing the government from enforcing the mandate against the Christian company. Continue Reading...

Jayabalan on Detroit Bankruptcy

In an interview with Vatican Radio, Acton Rome office director Kishore Jayabalan offers perspective on the bankruptcy filing yesterday by the city of Detroit. Jayabalan told the network that Detroit is “really a city that’s on its knees.” Failing to fix its fundamental problems, he continued, the city must now change its “political and economic” infrastructure to come back from the brink, and that right now, much of the population has “given up.” Listen to the interview by clicking on the media player below: Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Continue Reading...

What Nietzsche and Croly Tell Us About Progressives

In the Genealogy of Morals, Friedrich Nietzsche makes an interesting observation about cultural elites and how a culture defines what is “good”: [T]he real homestead of the concept of “good” is sought and located in the wrong place: the judgement “good” did not originate among those to whom goodness was shown. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 07.19.13

How Big Government Co-Opted Charities James Piereson, Wall Street Journal The website www.opensecrets.org, which tracks money in politics, reports that many of the institutions that receive these large grants and contracts—including Johns Hopkins, the University of Washington and the University of Pennsylvania—maintain lobbying operations in Washington. Continue Reading...