Category: Politics

denying admission to Christian refugees

The U.S. recently denied asylum to about 100 Iranian Christians who had previously been invited to apply for refugee status, reports Mindy Belz at WORLD. Some, apparently, did not meet the security requirements. Sadly, while a lot of opposition to...

/ February 21, 2018

EMRs are designed for billing, not for retaining information

The dirty secret of all electronic medical records (EMRs) is this: they are not primarily designed to help doctors record, review, or share information about their patients. No, they are primarily designed to capture the data necessary to submit bills to...

/ February 12, 2018

science should be more political, not less

I just came upon Ari Schulman’s excellent essay in The Hedgehog Review about trying to make science less political: What we need is not a depoliticized science but a more political science—that is, a science unembarrassed about the legitimate role of politics in...

/ February 6, 2018

pro-life, anti-abortion, and a consistent ethic of anything

I’ve gotten a lot of responses to my post on the main site from the other day, specifically questioning the idea that “pro-life” ought to be circumscribed to mean only anti-abortion policies. My main points (which I would still consider...

/ January 8, 2018

The healthcare problem markets and charity can’t fix

My internet friend Ian Barrs, a conservative dude who originally hails from the UK, has written a moving post about Medicaid and his son Hugh: I’ll be honest: when I read of “per capita limits on MedicAid spending”, I ask...

/ May 12, 2017

You CAN force your morality on others! That’s what government is for.

One does not have to travel far on the information superhighway (or the meatspace) to encounter this sentiment in relation to Christians in politics: “Well, we can’t just force our morality on others.” Yes, you can. Actually, that’s what the...

/ May 9, 2017

5 ways to actually reform American healthcare

Obamacare is the law of the land. For better or worse, we’re stuck with it for now. It still has problems — millions of people are still uninsured and its cost-containment measures, while often useful, are probably not enough to...

/ March 29, 2017

Health care is not a human right, but it is also not just a market commodity

As the GOP prepares to continue its long and painful process of self-immolation by voting (or not voting) on a bill whose greatest priorities appear to be cutting taxes for rich people and allowing young, healthy people to pay less...

/ March 24, 2017

Sympathy for the Trump Voter

Should we sympathize with Trump voters? I found this essay from Rick Perlstein pretty enlightening, even if I disagree with a lot of what he had to say. In short, Perlstein writes about the captivating experience of dealing with a very intelligent Trump...

/ January 23, 2017

Paul’s Letter to American Christians, The Alternate Ending

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s sermon “Paul’s Letter to American Christians” is a tremendous and powerful work, well worth reading in its entirety today. (You can read a PDF of an early version here or pick up a copy of Strength...

/ January 16, 2017