Category : Moral Theology

Written on Sep, 18, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

Souce: Cafe Hayek The supreme principle of liberty suggests that it is better to risk erring in the direction of allowing too much rather than too little freedom. W.H. Hutt (1936/1990), Economists and the Public

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Written on Sep, 16, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

Souce: Cafe Hayek Contrary to popular myth, the so-called “robber barons” were reviled not by consumers because they raised prices but by competitors because they lowered prices. John D. Rockefeller drove the prices of kerosene and other products made from petroleum down. Cornelius Vanderbilt drove the price of steamboat transit down. A&P founder George Gilman, with help from George Huntington …

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Written on Sep, 16, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

People are renewed by love. As sinful desire ages them, so love rejuvenates them. Enmeshed in the toils of his desires the psalmist laments: “I have grown old surrounded by my enemies.” Love, on the other hand, is the sign of our renewal as we know from the lord’s own words. “I gave you a new commandment—love one another.” St …

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Written on Sep, 15, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

Another benefit of private property, not so clearly economic, is that it diffuses power. When one entity, such as the government, owns all property, individuals have little protection from the will of the government. The institution of private property gives many individuals a place to call their own, a place where they are safe from depredation by others and by …

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Written on Sep, 14, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

It’s not just that we can no longer depend on the modern secular State to support the Orthodox vision of marriage. Rather it is that we never could and never should have looked to Caesar to do for the Church what only the Church could do for herself.

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Written on Sep, 12, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

Whenever you see complexity, that is a red flag. Complexity is often used to deceive. And complexity invites human error. When you see complex models that claim to predict the future, stay skeptical, especially when humans are making assumptions that influence the results. Scott Adams, When to Trust Experts.

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Written on Sep, 11, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

While individualism is profoundly opposed to all prescriptive privilege, to all protection, by law or force, of any rights not based on rules equally applicable to all persons, it also denies government the right to limit what the able or fortunate may achieve. It is equally opposed to any rigid limitation of the position individuals may achieve, whether this power …

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Written on Sep, 06, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

In my latest essay for Acton Commentary, I offer some thoughts about climate change, the limits of scientific knowledge and the importance of Christian witness to the environmental movement. Here’s how I begin: On September 1, Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew issued a joint message for the “World Day of Prayer for Creation.” Their statement rightfully reminds us that we …

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Written on Aug, 31, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

We seem to be creating the cultural version of the Missouri Compromise line. No one, and no group, wishes to think of itself as the bad guy in perpetuity. Given that reality, if identity politics becomes the heart of American politics, it is only a matter of time until “whites” begin to see themselves as a group deserving special protection. …

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Written on Aug, 30, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

At many colleges and universities what John Stuart Mill called “the tyranny of public opinion” does more than merely discourage students from dissenting from prevailing views on moral, political, and other types of questions. It leads them to suppose that dominant views are so obviously correct that only a bigot or a crank could question them. Since no one wants …

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