Tag : covid-19

Written on Aug, 25, 2020 by in | Leave a comment

Imaginative Conservative has a good article on the philosophical underpinnings of our current situation (The Stunning Triumph of Thomas Hobbes in the COVID Crisis) Let me preface what you’re about to read by saying that I have since the pandemic began continued to serve Liturgy, hear confessions, and bring people Holy Communion. While I’ve taken basic precautions (mask, hand washing, …

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Written on Jun, 12, 2020 by in | Leave a comment

When the situation is explained to them, most Americans act responsibility motivated by both wholesome self-interest and concern for the neighbors. That at least is the takeaway from “a study published this week by the National Bureau of Economic Research.” Based on their “statistical analysis, five academic researchers find ‘no evidence’ that the sudden lifting of Wisconsin’s order “impacted social …

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Written on May, 15, 2020 by in | Leave a comment

The rule of law depends upon the confidence of the citizenry that the law is just and fairly applied. When otherwise legal acts are criminalized–but only for some individuals, under certain circumstances, people lose confidence in not only the law but the lawgiver.

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Written on May, 15, 2020 by in | Leave a comment

Orthodox Christians are not anarchists. We accept the State as willed by God as necessary in a fallen world. We owe obedience to the State even when doing so means our rights are compromised. In fact, we only have an obligation to disobey the State when it seeks to compel us to disobey God.

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Written on May, 14, 2020 by in | Leave a comment

While I remain hopeful that my parish’s religious liberty has not been infringed upon, retired UW law professor Ann Althouse raises suggest that I might be wrong.  Althouse writes that “No sooner was the state-wide order invalidated than my local government reinstated it — but not without changing the way ‘religious entities’ are treated.” She quotes the city/county directive that …

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Written on May, 13, 2020 by in | Leave a comment

Even in a public health crisis, epidemiology alone is an insufficient practical and moral basis for public policy.

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Written on May, 12, 2020 by in | Leave a comment

Jonathan Kay at Quillette argues that based on the data of what people did relative to when governments did (or didn’t) impose lockdown concludes our debate on the issue is “phoney.” what it overlooks is that for a mixture of self-interest and altruism people have voluntarily changed their behavior.   Unfortunately, “on both sides” assume “that government decrees work as …

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