Categories
Archive Civic Polity Economics Hispanic America North America Ruben Alvarado West Asia/Levant Western Europe

Thoughts on Migration

This is a complex matter that cannot be understood if we simply engage in emotivist responses to the latest news items that cross our paths. It’s time to get serious with this discussion. So let’s put our thinking caps on and begin with some basic distinctions and principles. We start by distinguishing between migration and […]

Categories
Archive Civic Polity Economics Jake Meador Nota Bene The Natural Family

James Alexander and Social Reform

Interesting excerpts from Gary Steward’s fine work on Old Princeton. While Alexander’s program for social reform consisted primarily in energetic efforts to more broadly spread the gospel and Christian truth, others took a more radical approach. One such group who did not do so was the utopian socialists, which included Robert Owen, Charles Fourier, Francis […]

Categories
Andrew Fulford Authors Civic Polity Economics Reformed Irenicism

Horst Hutter on Our Politics of Friendship

What is a friend worth? The Preacher taught us long ago: Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falls; for he has not another to help him up. […]

Categories
Archive Book Reviews Economics Steven Wedgeworth The Natural Family

The Natural Family Where It Belongs: New Agrarian Essays

Allan C. Carlson The Natural Family Where It Belongs: New Agrarian Essays Transaction Publishers, 2014 Allan Carlson is a writer we interact with often at TCI. We have reviewed his Third Ways here and have tried to summarize his overall project here. Earlier this year we were sent a review copy of his newest release, The Natural […]

Categories
Archive Authors Economics Nota Bene Peter Escalante

Locke the Protestant Scholastic

Much ink is still spilled over whether Locke is the father of individualist Liberalism, and though much evidence has been entered to the contrary, the view persists especially among Papalist writers, for whom such an opinion is convenient because corroborative of their theories about the effects of Protestantism. Dr John D. Mueller, whose work we’ve […]

Categories
Archive Economics Nota Bene W. Bradford Littlejohn

The Truth about Corporate Taxes

The announcement on Monday of Burger King’s merger with Canadian doughnut giant Tim Hortons prompted more than the usual financial media buzz, as pundits weighed in with outrage about the naked “tax inversion” ploy, in which Burger King will relocate its headquarters to Canada to benefit from their 15% corporate tax rate, rather than the […]

Categories
Archive Civic Polity Economics Natural Law Reformed Irenicism W. Bradford Littlejohn

Recovering the Catholic Doctrine of Private Property, Pt. 2

Pt. 2: A Critical Examination of Catholic Social Teaching on the Question of Private Property (See Pt. 1 for an introduction to the theoretical issues at stake in this discussion) Having at great length defined the nature of our quarry, we are now in a position to sift through the documents of Catholic Social Teaching […]

Categories
Archive Economics Ruben Alvarado

Piketty’s Charge: Capitalism and Inequality

As is the case with the vast majority of commentators on this topic, I have not read Piketty’s book. The following is therefore gleaned from other sources, mainly this interview, from which, unless otherwise indicated, the following quotations are taken. The first thing to say is that, on the face of it, Piketty’s exposition is […]

Categories
Archive Economics Nota Bene Steven Wedgeworth The Natural Family

Capitalism in Need of Families

Add this one to the ever-growing number of articles on the dicey relationship between modern US capitalism and the family. Our economy discourages large families, but it turns out that, in doing so, it actually harms itself: The thing about an increasingly childless economy is that it has major implications for consumption. Just look at […]

Categories
Archive Civic Polity Economics Reformed Irenicism Steven Wedgeworth

Kuyperian Politics

Having given his name to an international theological and political movement, indeed an ism, it is perhaps surprising to learn that Abraham Kuyper is not more widely read outside of Dutch-speaking audiences. Of the North American followers claiming his name, relatively few have read any of Kuyper’s works outside of the Stone Lectures. A significant minority […]