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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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There is no point to the search for truth if a political community must remain morally relative toward it. Devolution of the public square into vile ventilation seems inevitable when truth is only the province of individuals and not the community. A morally confident society—one possessing faith in its first principles—can see a principled distinction between restricting the expression of …

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Source: (WSJ) The Challenge of Jewish Repentance Meaning comes not from systems of thought but from stories, and the Jewish story is among the most unusual of all. It tells us that God sought to make us His partners in the work of creation, but we repeatedly disappointed Him. Yet He never gives up. He forgives us time and again. …

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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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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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Source: (WSJ) Let’s Get Rational About Disaster Risk Anyone whose labors take him among America’s distinguished elder statesmen, especially those in the Boston-New York-Washington corridor, discovers that our most influential citizens all have one thing in common: a house in Florida. An unfortunate truth is that the value of their Florida coastal property would plummet if they were made to …

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Don’t expect to find much guidance on liberal education in the mission statements of leading American colleges and universities. They contain inflated language about diversity, inclusion and building a better world through social transformation. Missing are instructive pronouncements about what constitutes an educated person or on the virtues of mind and character that underlie reasoned inquiry, the advance of understanding, …

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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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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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I thought of you when I read this quote from “Spiritual Friendship (Cistercian Fathers)” by Aelred of Rievaulx, Marsha L. Dutton, Lawrence C. Braceland – What plot of land or what stream turns up only one stone of a single kind? Or what forest produces only one tree of a single species? Thus among non-sentient beings, a kind of love …

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