July 4, 2012 § Leave a Comment
This July 4th we celebrate more than Independence; we celebrate an exceptional nation. American exceptionalism is not about hollow jingoism as critics charge, but a recognition of the unique character and role of the United States in human history and international affairs.
April 12, 2012 § Leave a Comment
A discussion has been ongoing at Values and Capitalism over the relationship between Christianity and libertarianism. Does the libertarian emphasis on individualism and license jive with Christian values of brotherhood and morality? And does conservatism offer a different answer? This morning’s post examines these questions and more >> click here to read the blog.
March 22, 2012 § 4 Comments
The first film in the Hunger Games trilogy is hitting theaters at midnight and is already looking like a huge success. If you haven’t read at least the first book I would recommend doing so this weekend.
In honor of the event, ValuesAndCapitalism.com is publishing a series of posts regarding the trilogy’s ending. Yours truly was asked to make a contribution, which you can read here, but you’ll want to read V&C program director Eric Teetsel’s explanation of the blog series first. Note: given that these talk about the last book, here’s a major spoiler alert.
For those of you who have only read the first book (or if you’re reading this after seeing the movie), check out my January post in which I discuss some of the lessons of the Hunger Games.
November 15, 2011 § Leave a Comment
October 20, 2011 § Leave a Comment
In my latest post for Values & Capitalism, I offer my take on the Occupy [insert location] protests.
There is some legitimacy in the anger of the protestors. Recent years seem to have lacked ethical leadership in both the private and public sector, leading to a wrecked economy and fewer opportunities for the average American. Conservatives would do well to be outspoken against dishonest and unjust business practices, and serious about accountability and social responsibility. The “Occupiers” miss the mark, however, when they their solutions involve greater government oversight and wealth redistribution.
If what OWS wants is more opportunity for the 99%, the savior is the enemy—free markets and smaller government is the only way.
August 26, 2011 § 1 Comment
Which is better at serving the poor: food stamps or corporate jets? Read my take at Common Sense Concept’s Two Cents blog. [http://www.commonsenseconcept.com/extravagance-benevolence/]
Also, check out the video below, which discusses the findings of a recent study by the Heritage Foundation (I mention it in the post).