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Written on Oct, 10, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

A video of my PowerPoint presentation on consumerism and asceticism.

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Source: (WSJ) Senator Phil Gramm writes: When is the last time you heard a tax-reform advocate point out that today the top 10% of income earners in America pay a larger share of the overall tax burden than anywhere else in the developed world? The most recent study on the distribution of the tax burden among nations was conducted by …

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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, 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, 28, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

A good defense of free speech from UC Berkeley chancellor Carol Christ: Nonetheless, defending the right of free speech for those whose ideas we find offensive is not easy. It often conflicts with the values we hold as a community — tolerance, inclusion, reason and diversity. Some constitutionally-protected speech attacks the very identity of particular groups of individuals in ways …

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Written on Aug, 28, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

… simply put, in urban centers there are plenty of people who will partake in the same types of consumption (economies of scale) to uphold amenities like baseball stadiums, opera houses, and theaters and will drive down fixed costs for expenditures such as massages, organic food, and happy hour. Simultaneously, there are enough people that the “long tail” of consumption …

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… the dating market of urban centers (particularly as people marry like, rather than marrying “up” or “down,” a twenty-first-century trend economists term “assortative mating” 23 ). Smart people want to be around other smart people not just for work, but also for friendships and romantic relationships, and over time that results in highly stratified hyper-educated affluent places… Elizabeth Currid-Halkett,

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Written on Aug, 25, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

Richard Florida was right when he said that the “creative economy” is the new way of the world. But its development didn’t happen how he imagined. Rather than launching humanity into a new phase of prosperity, the new economy simply holds the different elements of late capitalism together — making it palatable for some but deepening its crises and contradictions …

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