Watch these before quoting me a social encyclical

Jun 06 Watch these before quoting me a social encyclical

I’ve been largely absent from blogging the past few weeks (you’re welcome!) due to work. Weren’t all-nighters supposed to end in grad school? Anyway, I stumbled across a series of four videos that would make excellent primers for anyone interested in economic or political issues, including folks of a religious inclination who wish to bring Christian social thought to bear on...

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“Some Economists are Idiots;” no argument from this one

May 31 “Some Economists are Idiots;” no argument from this one

Andrew pointed me to this article lamenting the use of anonymous-but-still-to-be-trusted “some economists” in a New York Times article on taxation of oil companies: Large oil companies typically pay high rates, but some economists say that the high rates do not cover the pollution costs imposed on society. “Some economists” are likely referring to the idea...

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Pushing back the limits of subsidiarity

Apr 17 Pushing back the limits of subsidiarity

Micah suggested I add my 1.5 cents on this post; an excerpt: In broad outline, “Subsidiarists” are people who are fearful or hostile to the state provision of social welfare – preferring that charity be dispensed at lower levels of society: communities and families. “Solidarists,” by contrast, believe that society as a whole is often the best administrator of social welfare, and prefer...

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Lottery Question: Why Do Good Things Happen to Bad People?

Mar 31 Lottery Question: Why Do Good Things Happen to Bad People?

Most of us have pondered at one time another the ageless question: why do bad things happen to good people? Occasioned by the recent record-breaking lottery excitement, I’m flipping the question: why do good things happen to bad people?

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The Distinction Between Welfare and Charity

Mar 31 The Distinction Between Welfare and Charity

When I was a sweet, naïve freshman in college, I was inspired by a “liberal”, philosophy, namely, that if we all paid higher taxes, then fewer people would be poor. It seemed like such an easy and straightforward way to help so many people out, who could possibly be against that? Slowly I began to realize that this philosophy was too easy. I knew lots of faithful Republicans whom I knew for...

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