Archive for February 2013

Gay Marriage and the Right to Marry

Hidden Spring Lane. The topic of gay marriage is difficult to avoid these days, even for those who would try. Defending “traditional marriage” is seen by many as either a hopelessly outdated enterprise pursued only by the naïve or a malicio...

Life Under Compulsion: The Itch

Thee let old men, Thee let young men, Thee let boys in chorus sing; Matrons, virgins, little maidens, With glad voices answering: Let their guileless songs re-echo, And the heart its music bring, Evermore and evermore! From Prudentius, Cord...

The Budget Redux

So I’ve recently written about the GAO’s overview of the US Economy. The CBO has just released its own report projecting economic activity and the budget for the next ten years. It is, again, a bracing report. Despite the President’s inaugu...

Plantinga Wins Rescher Prize

Perhaps one of the most influential philosophers of of time is Alvin Plantinga. He’s just been awarded the prestigious Rescher Prize for his work. Here’s a piece describing his work with plenty of links to essays and videos in c...

Being Catholic

For those who are Catholic, or at least have an interest in the fate of the Catholic Church in our contemporary political environment, Chad Pecknold has an interesting piece over at Ethika Politika where he encourages us to think about the ...

The Economics of Splitting Wood by Hand

Hilaire Belloc once wrote that he never burned anything but oak in the huge fireplace of his ancient home in West Sussex. For a while I considered doing the same in the wood stove of my home in the Shenandoah Valley.  Oak of several kinds a...

The Taxman

A few readers in response to my most recent piece expressed some incredulity about the chart showing that Americans paid, on average, about 30% of their income in taxes. This seemed low to them. In truth, it seemed low to me as well. I spen...

Ways to be Wicked

Via Reason, my review of Amy S. Greenberg’s A Wicked War: Polk, Clay, Lincoln, and the 1846 U.S. Invasion of Mexico: http://reason.com/archives/2013/02/05/americas-war-with-mexico.

Thinking About Guns

Hidden Springs Lane. Guns have been in the news a lot recently. The dialogue, such as it is, is dominated by voices that seem ill disposed to consider the legitimacy of the other side. Some demonize their opponents while others simply shake...

Human Scale Discussion in Louisville

For those of you in the Louisville area, on February 7, the Mcconnell Center is hosting a discussion titled “reThink Big: Liberals, Conservatives, and the Search for Humane Scale.” Here’s the description from the website: ...