Category: Politics

why is Turkey buying a town in Sudan?

No posts planned for tomorrow- Merry Christmas! If you’re into Northeast African politics, you won’t want to miss this dispatch from Nanjala Nyabola: Suakin sits along Sudan’s Red Sea coast, a small grouping of faded buildings and historical ruins containing...

/ December 24, 2018

a letter from a Chinese pastor

This is a moving letter from a Chinese pastor arrested for preaching the Gospel: Those who lock me up will one day be locked up by angels. Those who interrogate me will finally be questioned and judged by Christ.  When I...

/ December 21, 2018

culture is learning to be free

This is a fascinating interview with Patrick Deneen at the ever-worthwhile Comment magazine (subscribe now for $30/year!) Liberalism ends in slavery because its notion of freedom involves the pursuit of desires that can never be sated, that can never be fulfilled....

/ December 20, 2018

baby steps on criminal justice reform

Emma Green looks at the conservative Christian push for the First Step Act and the pushback from other Christian leaders wary of working with Trump on anything — and leaving the underlying issues unaddressed: Conservative religious leaders like Colson saw...

/ December 14, 2018

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

what cannot be rebuilt

This is a heartbreaking story about the exodus of Christians from Iraq by Janine di Giovanni: In the summer of 2014, the Islamic State occupied Christian cities and villages across northern Iraq, appropriated Christian homes, and destroyed farms of Christian...

/ December 11, 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