Category: Economics

makes you wanna holler

This report from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (an organization doing more than any other, I think, to highlight where and how people can be working for the localism we like to talk about) highlights how dollar stores deliver low-quality goods...

/ December 13, 2018

Sabbath and soil

Years ago, when I first studied Isaiah 58, I found its call to honor the Sabbath mingled with the call to do away with violence and injustice odd. I suppose that I had grown up thinking of Sabbath-keeping as a...

/ December 5, 2018

“Uncontrolled liberalism, in other words, prepares the grounds for its own demise.”

There are some very sharp insights in this interview with Pankaj Mishra in the LA Review of Books: “Liberal modernity,” you’ve argued, “has prepared the ground for its destruction” by unleashing forces that are “uncontrollable.” Have these forces contributed to...

/ December 3, 2018

“economics of meaning”

Shadi Hamid has a very interesting essay in American Affairs Journal about the possibilities of left populism and the “economics of meaning”: It might be tempting to say that Left populists simply need a “hero”; the Left, unlike the Right,...

/ November 30, 2018

what Amazon got out of the HQ2 search

Amazon got more than just some tax breaks in its HQ2 search: But arguably even more concerning than deepening regional inequality and the possibility of Bezos becoming the landlord of the nation’s capital is the fact that few cities will...

/ November 29, 2018

migration and American identity

Luma Simms has two very interesting pieces interacting with Reihan Salam’s new book Melting Pot or Civil War? One is at Public Discourse and the other is at Law and Liberty: From the first piece: Immigration, work migration, the flight...

/ November 28, 2018

video killed the #1 burger joint in the country

This is a really sad story that I think is ultimately about power, technology, and the way in which media shapes our understanding of ourselves and the world around us: In my office, I have a coffee mug from Stanich’s...

/ November 27, 2018

“The FDA’s Mango-Flavored Trolley Problem”

Don’t you just love that headline? These competing concerns leave the FDA trying to thread a particularly tricky needle: How do they get these products into the hands of the people who need them, while keeping them away from people...

/ November 16, 2018

oikonomia and economics

I don’t wholly agree with everything that Oren Cass has to say here, but he has some very important observations and proposals in this essay about work, family, and political economy: Alongside stable political institutions that protect basic freedoms, family...

/ October 26, 2018

the faith and work movement… for workers!

The Faith and Work movement set out to do something worthwhile: encouraging people to think of their work as a vocation honoring to God. Unfortunately, it has really focused on the vocations of the creative class and other upper-middle-class professionals...

/ October 18, 2018