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Barack Obama: Socialist?

    Washington DC When President Obama took office in 2009, many friends of capitalism were concerned that he would socialize our economy. Yet corporate profits have hit record heights during his presidency. For example, one repor...

Life Under Compulsion: The Dehumanities

Imagine a new father looking into the eyes of his child.  A wisp of blond hair curls about the scalp.  The fingers, wrinkled like those of an old man, curl about his own finger.  He has blue eyes, but who knows whether they will stay that w...

It’s the Rights Culture, not the Gun Culture

As President Obama contemplates the political obstacles looming before the gun control agenda he announced on Wednesday, he might look closer to home for their cause.  It is not the gun culture alone that must be overcome if reasonable limi...

The Learning and Limits of Libraries

Three articles recently caught my eye, all of which having to do with scholars’ fame, only two having to do with their libraries. The bookless one involved a professor of history at the University of York who blamed the victims —...

Abstraction Rightly Understood

Part III in an ongoing series, Localism and the Universal Church.  Read Part I, and Part II. Berwyn, PA.  In the last installment of this series, I contended that an abstract conception of human nature has helped lead modern persons to misj...

Glenn Beck Gives Utopia a Bad Name

[Cross-posted to In Medias Res] So Glenn Beck has proposed his grandest scheme yet: the construction of separate planned community, literally built around (in terms of architecture and overall design) the idealization (and arguably the idol...

Modesty’s Retreat

Over a drink with a fellow Canadian ex-pat about a month ago, I rather wistfully (and irresponsibly) indulged in some wishful thinking as I expressed my longing for the solid values of “peace, order, and good government” which had formed my...