Friends and Strangers: A Meditation on Money

bartering January 12, 2012
I start my meditation with a true story that will serve as a parable. On his 21st birthday, the nature writer Francis Thompson was presented by his father with a bill for all the expenses of his upbringing including the…
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Democracy as Spectacle: The Messianic Compulsions of our Republic

non-profit September 3, 2010
Americans do not need a Messiah because this nation is not Heaven on Earth.
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Aristotle and Aquinas, Bank Regulators

tape April 20, 2010
But if there is one thing that both Democrats and Republicans agreed about in the 90's, it was that these “monstrosities” didn't need to be regulated.
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Washington, we have a Problem

1120645_harvest_moon February 1, 2010
We have for so long asserted that we are a force for good in the world and that our efforts are in the service of "democracy" that we can no longer see the irony of a nation refusing to call itself an empire when in possession of military bases around the globe and expending nearly half our annual tax receipts on war efforts without foreseeable end.
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Patrimony And Autonomy

March 5, 2009
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS. I appreciated Professor Deneen’s discussion of the problem of free-riding, and I agree that ours is a precarious position, but I would suggest that it is also paradoxically the strongest position available inasmuch as we are always trying…
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