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Japan’s Virtual Love

Here’s at least one reason that Japanese men don’t feel the need to get real girlfriends. This is not a different explanation from the one we posted on yesterday, but rather an offshoot from it. If Japan’s society makes marriage and relationships both difficult and superfluous, then of course something like a virtual substitute will […]

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Modernity as Limitedness

Though there’s so much more to be said, unpacked, nuanced, and qualified, this post still gets at something very important about what is often called “modernity.” Without glibly embracing the total package, mature Christian thinkers still ought to be grateful for much of what falls under the heading of “modernity,” and here’s why: Once this has […]

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Capitalism and The Humane Economy

Allan Carlson has posted a recent speech he gave investigating the use of terms like “conservative” and “capitalism” and arguing that today’s popular libertarianism is not actually conservative in any meaningful way and that the only sort of “capitalism” which can be understood as conservative is one which prioritizes and defends conservative ideals and institutions, what he, […]

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Kanye West: Pelagian and Capitalist?

Normally I wouldn’t ask you to seriously contemplate the deeper meaning behind Kanye West, but a friend linked to this article on facebook, and it did get me thinking. Here are a few key quotes explaining what Kanye is up to: The concept of vanity is so rooted in the idea of a singular narcissist […]

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Peter Leithart On Cultural Conservatism

Dr. Leithart has a piece up at First Things echoing thoughts TCI has been expressing frequently as of late: Raising such questions, and invoking Berry, presents a spectrum of issues that many cultural conservatives prefer to dodge. The most penetrating conservative analysts of family life, such as Allan Carlson, have always recognized the cultural contradictions […]

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Trading Rand for Röpke

Joel J. Miller believes that Christian economics has more to learn from Wilhelm Röpke than it does from Ayn Rand. Contrasting the two he writes, “…unlike Rand, Röpke grounded his critique of socialism and his defense of free markets in a thoroughly Christian understanding of man and his world.” Mr. Miller points out that Röpke carried out […]

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First Things First: No Trespassing

John Médaille writes in a Facebook comment: First Things is conservative in the abstract but liberal in application. The quintessential First Things view is an article they ran title[d] “Waiting for St. V[la]dimir” (as in Vladimir Lenin), which was an ignorant and gratuitous attack on Alasdair MacIntyre. The author’s objection was th[at] MacIntyre attacked capitalism, which […]