The Christian patristic roots of religious liberty

One of the aspects that I left out of my article yesterday on the fifth European Catholic-Orthodox Forum statement worth noting is its declaration on the origins of religious liberty. Freedom of conscience and the right to choose one’s own religion – two human rights extolled by the modern, secular EU – grew out of the Christian conception of human dignity. Continue Reading...

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Ignoring faith and human dignity leaves Europe ‘adrift’: Joint Catholic-Orthodox statement

Leaders from the world’s two largest churches say that Christians in the West are facing “unprecedented” hurdles to living out their vocation according to their conscience. A statement from Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Christians says that as traditional Western culture – liberally influenced by Christianity – is replaced with relativistic secularism and radicalized Islam, Christians are facing new barriers to entering whole sectors of the workplace, as well as other forms of hard and soft persecution. Continue Reading...

Movie review: ‘The Founder,’ Schumpeter, and the entrepreneur

Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty made a mistake of historic proportions at the 2017 Academy Awards, when they mistakenly awarded the Oscar for “Best Picture” to La La Land. They should have awarded it to The Founder, the new biopic about McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc which, alas, did not garner any Oscar nominations. Continue Reading...

Why people prefer government to markets

Embed from Getty Images People do not love markets,” says Pascal Boyer of the International Cognition & Culture Institute, “there is a lot of evidence for that.” Sadly, Boyer is right and I suspect he’s right about the cause too: People do not like markets because people seem not to understand much about market economics. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 02.24.17

US Economic Freedom Has Hit a Historic Low. What Happened? Anthony B. Kim, The Daily Signal It’s already been eight years since the Great Recession, yet the U.S. economy has been just inching along, with its productivity flagging and millions being locked out of the labor market. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 02.23.17

Whatever Happened to Democratic Capitalism? Peter Augustine Lawler, The Corner Not only is capitalism more productive, it, contrary to the claims of the Marxists, consistently improves the lot of the ordinary person. Continue Reading...