Ethics

Less, Please

Is capitalism an enemy of the good life? Marxists and other radicals think so. Toward the end of How Much Is Enough?, Robert and Edward Skidelsky (an economist...

Will We Forget Newtown's Kids?

The gun lobby and the weapons merchants are counting on our notoriously short national attention span.They are counting on confusion, obfuscation and the quiet...

American Pastoral

During their fall meeting in 1986, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops passed by a vote of 225 to 9 the final draft of Economic Justice for All (.pdf)....

Illegal Tactic, Unending War

It is a profound but nearly universal mistake among Americans (and others) to think that the withdrawal of American forces from Afghanistan in 2013 or 2014 will end...

Bad Influence

Rep. Paul Ryan has long enjoyed a reputation as a wonk’s wonk. Here was a Republican politician happy to engage in substantive conversation about tax policy, debt,...

Economics 101

Throughout this year’s campaign season, the Republican Party promised to reduce the nation’s rapidly growing debt by slashing federal spending for everything but...

A Covenant, with Consent

The Jewish tradition holds that the Lord directly ordered Abraham to perform circumcision (Genesis 17:11). The order applied to Moses (Lev. 12:3), and was continued...

Backdoor Humanitarianism

Here’s what I believe: If you plan for the most vulnerable, the world works better for everyone. Organize a busy street so a deaf child with a physical disability...

Pulling Up the Ladder

The United States is in the midst of a broad crisis of authority, with our most important institutions and the elites who run them facing a huge deficit of public...

Two Parties, One Policy

Political parties in the United States, like a spatting couple in a bad marriage, have been fighting over the law of counterterrorism for more than a decade. And...

Supporting Terrorism?

Last New Year’s Eve, President Obama signed into law the “National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012.” Intended to reinforce the 2001 law that...

Care Package

In current battles between church and state about health care and health insurance, it is often the poor and uninsured who end up as unintended casualties. A recent...
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Book Reviews

Beyond the Abortion Wars

May 4, 2015 | 0 comments

Blackballed

May 4, 2015 | 0 comments

The Young T.E. Lawrence

April 30, 2015 | 0 comments

Life After Faith

April 30, 2015 | 0 comments

Moral Agents

April 20, 2015 | 0 comments

God's Bankers

April 16, 2015 | 2 comments

The World Beyond Your Head

April 16, 2015 | 0 comments