Over at Values & Capitalism this week I share thoughts on “social capital”—the idea that voluntary community associations increase social trust and cooperation, creating an environment suitable for democracy and capitalism. From this premise, we find that liberty and virtue share a reciprocal relationship, where they both depend on and enhance one another. Read the post here.
C.S. Lewis wrote in Mere Christianity that God wants “a child’s heart but a grown-up’s head.” Followers of Christ are charged, by the ethos of our calling, with a high standard of practical reason, fused with compassion. When we carry our faith to the political sphere, we must do so with grounded understanding, not idealistic, emotive or superficial thinking. This means that the abdication of our duty to educate ourselves in the unsightly “secular” forces […]
Six principles essential to a free, prosperous and humane society: 1. Political power is the most dangerous kind, and must be kept in check. 2. Put resources where resources are generated—if the goose that lays the golden egg is well-fed we’ll all be better off. 3. Human beings have a right to the expression of their ideas, and ownership over their lives and the fruits of their labor. 4. Nothing is free—every choice has a cost, […]