Category: Politics

from indifference to sabotage

Jon Ward has written an insightful piece about America’s Supreme Court-centric culture war and what has been lost by what we have supposedly gained: But while it’s true that conservative positions on social issues are often portrayed, inaccurately, as reflecting...

/ July 30, 2018

flourishing and paid family leave

The Families Valued initiative of the Center for Public Justice has just released their new report on paid family leave, and I have some thoughts about it over on the main page. I think they make a pretty solid argument...

/ July 24, 2018

transitional justice for Jim Crow

Decades after the Civil Rights Act and the end of Jim Crow, it’s clear that American attempts to reckon with racial injustices have been insufficient. But what could we have done — or do — differently? Anthony Bradley has a...

/ July 20, 2018

the elephant curve

Here’s a fun one from John Lancester at the London Review of Books: The economist who has done more in this field than anyone else, Branko Milanović, has a wonderful graph that illustrates the point about the relative outcomes for...

/ July 17, 2018

what if people want what’s bad?

This The New Atlantis article about Google, its power, and its struggles with regulation is very interesting. But the ending is perhaps the most troubling: Google links to a December 2016 Fortune article that explains, “Querying the search engine for ‘did the Holocaust happen’...

/ July 11, 2018

there aren’t good short-term fixes for migration, either

Last week I highlighted a really good article about the long-term migration problem that the world is facing. Here is more evidence from The Atlantic that things aren’t holding in the short-term, either: When I asked immigration experts this week...

/ July 5, 2018

christian nationalism is good

Especially when confronted with spectacles like church choirs singing “Make America Great Again”, it is natural that we would recoil in horror from the idea of Christian nationalism. Many argue, in fact, that there can rightly be no such thing,...

/ July 4, 2018

illth

I stumbled upon this fine little essay from Micah Meadowcroft about illth, a term coined by John Ruskin to describe the misuse of wealth: There are no unique secrets here, just the recognition that money can be misspent — or...

/ July 3, 2018

pastoring and politics

I appreciated this from Dan Darling about the blurred lines between pastoring and politics: Yes, the gospel is inherently political. It is the declaration that there is another king and another kingdom, that all the accumulated power in this world,...

/ July 2, 2018

the long-term migration problem

This is hard to read, but it’s necessary to ponder. It begins with the story of Jose Matada, who climbed into the landing gear of a plane and died when he fell out as the plane was descending in 2012....

/ June 27, 2018