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The Reluctant Southerner: Reflections on Home and History

Moorpark, CA.  In October of 1997 I attended the Southern Historical Association’s convention in Atlanta because I wanted to hear Paul Conkin’s presidential address,...

Thrifty Americans Threaten Recovery

Kearneysville, WV. Things are looking up. According to the “experts” the global economy appears to be stabilizing. For what it's worth, the use of...

Buddhist Economics: The Eight-Fold Path

Cold Spring, N.Y. In order to get people thinking rightly about economists, Fritz Schumacher used to tell the story of an architect, a priest,...

Capitalism as an Unnatural System

Ever since capitalism made its appearance in the late Middle Ages and came to dominate both production and politics in the late 18th century,...

Brave New World Reconsidered: A Tale of Two Gnosticisms

Many who are alarmed at the prospect of the “abolition of man” have found in Huxley’s Brave New World a dark and salutary warning...

The Economics of Distributism III: Equity and Equilibrium

What Does an Economy Do? If what we said in the last installment is correct, then the first task of any humane science is to...

Life in Circle Six

Irving, Texas. G. K. Chesterton begins his Utopia of Usurers with a description of a world in which all art has become commercial art....