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John Médaille on Thomas Piketty

Distributist economist John Médaille discusses Thomas Piketty’s Capital at Front Porch Republic. He concludes his review, which at points agrees and disagrees with the book, with these words: It is beyond the scope of this review the means by which capital can be made once again to be the servant of production rather than its […]

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Stealing the Severed (Greek?) Head of John the Baptist

The Italian Renaissance was spurred on by the arrival of Greek emissaries to the Council of Florence in the late 15th century but, as Allie Terry points out, Florentine dignitaries had been in close contact with their Greek neighbors for many years prior to the council. Apparently, for the Florentines, the humanist desire to return […]

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On Neo-Augustinianism

Dr. Robert Benne writes on the fashionable Neo-Augustinianism, and while recognizing some of its good points, notes the following drawbacks: Ah, but wait. As attractive as this neo-Augustinian vision is, it is finally more a temptation than a real option. The main reason is theological. If God is indeed the creator and sustainer of the […]

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Prosperity and Brutality

Seneca the Younger, in De brevitate vitae (“On the Shortness of Life”), claims that, as the Romans became more prosperous, they refined their public displays of violence to greater and greater degrees of brutality. He speaks in particular here of the methods of Pompey the Great. The Romans would of course continue on this path […]

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Archive Nota Bene Steven Wedgeworth

Healthcare By Committee

Now that the GOP have temporarily given up the spotlight, the rollout of healthcare.gov is doing all the work for them. The president is hardly charming us into submission. The near future doesn’t look promising either. I think there’s something we can learn here beyond political talking points and even political theory as such. Politics […]

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An Intro to Agamben

If you are like me, the idea of reading Giorgio Agamben is easier than actually reading him. He covers such a wide array of topics, from aesthetics and philosophy, technology and arts, politics and terror,  to history and theology, that I could use a little help. Thankfully Adam Kotsko is here to give it, with […]

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On Vulgar Libertarianism

The Center for a Stateless Society, a self-proclaimed “Left Wing Anarchist Think Tank & Media Center,” quotes writer Kevin Carson on what is dubbed “conflationism” or “vulgar libertarianism”: Vulgar libertarian apologists for capitalism use the term “free market” in an equivocal sense: they seem to have trouble remembering, from one moment to the next, whether they’re […]

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A Little Bit of Natural Law

Douglas Wilson adds some helpful thoughts to the discussion of natural law. They intersect nicely with our recent offering on the topic. The point of natural law is not to set up a rationalistic set of assumptions, nor necessarily to “find common ground” with others, though it should be able to do that. The point is to establish […]