Category: Politics

“Nothing can take form except within limits.”

Wendell Berry summarizes many of our contemporary problems quite well in this excellent interview with Gracy Olmstead: Those problems could be summed up as the triumph of industrialism and industrial values over the lives of living creatures, and over the...

/ October 9, 2018

men not at work

Senator Mike Lee’s office has been doing fantastic work investigating America’s declining social capital, and this report on men out of the workforce has a lot to chew on: We confirm research by other scholars that a large number of...

/ September 26, 2018

natural law and common grace

I really appreciated this piece from Jordan Ballor and J. Daryl Charles on natural law and common grace. In particular, I liked the fact that they don’t take “natural law” further than it can go — it’s a “recognition of...

/ September 25, 2018

could a Christian political party be… good?

Bryan McGraw delivers a great history lesson about Christian political parties in Europe and the promise such a party might hold for us in America. I’d love to see him discuss the American Solidarity Party in a follow-up, since that’s the...

/ September 24, 2018

“It’s not like they ask us.”

This story by Elaina Plott about guns and the people who use them is really insightful: That the broader population has transposed the attitudes of people like Bennett onto most gun owners is understandable. Popular discourse is given to extremes....

/ September 21, 2018

i don’t think i’m ever gonna figure it ou-ou-out

Lyz Lenz digs into the history of Tucker Carlson to try to figure out what happened to America: I am trying to listen. I am trying to understand. I want to understand. If I can figure out what happened to...

/ September 12, 2018

the necessity and history of corporate social responsbility

I very much look forward to reading Kyle Edward Williams’ thesis on corporate social responsibility whenever it comes out. For now, he’s got a great piece in the Washington Post on Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s plan to bring responsibility back to corporate...

/ September 3, 2018

conservative and scared

Emma Green has an excellent examination of different conservative responses to Brett Kavanaugh: While liberal activist groups paint President Donald Trump’s Washington as an unmitigated forward march of conservative victories, conservative activist groups—including Weber’s—don’t necessarily perceive things the same way....

/ August 23, 2018

“You have mismanaged the light.”

This analysis of how South Sudanese refugees living in Northern Uganda understand the spiritual dimensions of their displacement is sharp: But the role of the church is not just social. Often, biblical explanations for suffering are presented as a means...

/ August 21, 2018

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