Archive for June 2011

Social Justice, Rightly Understood

One of the most unexamined terms in regular use among left Catholics today is “social justice.” Vague and often closely aligned with support for national government social programs, “social justice” often strikes me ...

Biovillages

This article describes the effort of local villages in Germany to provide their own heat through local renewable resources. And, wonderfully, it stresses that the effort combines the twin achievements of saving money and retaining local coh...

Measuring the World Whole

Devon, PA.  Mark A. Signorelli’s superb essay, “Poetry and the Common Language,” appeared on FPR last month, and made to my mind a fine addition to helping us contemplate the relation of art and nature; like prayer and cre...

George Orwell and Ideology

The following essay is by Wilson Carey McWilliams, and is drawn from one of the two new collections of his writings, The Democratic Soul. More information about McWilliams, his thought, and the new books can be found here. This reflection o...

Polyamorous manners

Miss Manners has weighed in on proper etiquette as regards persons in “polyamorous relationships.” I am fascinated here by at least three things: 1) the reference to the polyamorous community; 2) the blithe acceptance of such re...

The Death of the Family

Devon, PA.  In my previous essay, a sort of preface, I mentioned a two-part essay I published in the wake of the 2008 presidential election, called “Sarah Palin, Spectacular Politics, and the Death of the Family.”  The second pa...