Why Have Democracy?

I was somewhat fascinated the other day, when participating in a discussion of school vouchers on another blog, to hear someone make the assertion that public schools are “more democratic” than vouchers because everyone must use the curriculum which is

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The Hot Asphalt

Something for the weekend.  For a wonder I am posting an Irish song about something other than rebellion against the British!  The incomparable Wolfe Tones singing The Hot Asphalt.  I trust this song will be appreciated by all who have

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Obama Finds His 9/11

Critics of the Bush Administration often complained (especially during his first term) that Bush used 9/11 as a justification for nearly everything he did. Given that the country was widely supportive of the administration in the years right after the

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National Bankruptcy

I have referred to the “Stimulus” bill as the Bankrupt the Nation Act of 2009 here, here, here, here, here, and here.  Now we have Senator Judd Gregg (R., N.H.), the man who Obama wanted to be Commerce Secretary, confirm

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Chickenheart

Hattip to Father Z at What the Prayer Really Says.  The Civil War and fried chicken, brought to us by an American turned Australian, what could be more American than that!

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Some Pseudo-Random Thoughts

A decrease in solidarity means people have fewer resources to turn to in time of crisis. With a decrease in solidarity, a man either makes it on his own or fails on his own. If a man is struggling to

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Archbishop Chaput on Caesar

Archbishop Chaput gave a remarkable address in Toronto on Monday.  Here is the address with comments by me interspersed: I want to do three things with my time tonight. First, Father Rosica asked me to talk about some of the themes

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Lessons of the Financial Crisis

While I’m on the topic of narratives, Matthew Boudway at dotCommonweal has a post up entitled “They Cannot Fathom Their Failure”.* The post is based on a George Packer column, which basically makes the argument that conservatives “cannot fathom the

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The Return of Jindal

Bobby Jindal appears to have recovered from whatever it was that afflicted him last night:

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Sermon 39

Pope Saint Leo the Great on Lent: I.  The Benefits of Abstinence Shown by the Example of the Hebrews. II.  Use Lent to Vanquish the Enemy, and Be Thus Preparing for Eastertide. III.  Fights are Necessary to Prove Our Faith.

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Bishop Jenky and the Looters

I like the Bishop of Peoria, my Bishop, Daniel R. Jenky.  He is a bluff good humored bear of a man, orthodox to his core, outspokenly pro-life and a good all-around shepherd of the diocese.  I like him even more after

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Am I My Brother's Keeper?

One of the great principles that tends to be ignored in our debates about economics, social justice, and governmental involvement in the lives of the people is solidarity.  We argue about how involved the government should be in our lives,

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American History Sign Off

The things you find on the internet!  Before most stations went 24 hours a day, tv stations when they signed off would usually play the Star Spangled Banner.  The above is a version I treasured in my mispent nocturnal youth.

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Pope Leo XIII On America and George Washington

 Hattip to commenter Blackadder who brought this to my attention in a post on Vox Nova last year.  On the 277th birthday of George Washington, it is appropriate to recall these words of Pope Leo in regard to the Father

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Illinois Deserves a Medal!

These are grim economic times.  With the federal government spending money like a charter member of shoppers anonymous it is a safe bet that times will be getting grimmer yet.  In these days it is important that the people have something

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A New "Fill in Blank"

Something for the weekend:  A New Argentina by the original Broadway cast of Evita.  Patti Lupone in the title role is the essence of explosive energy.  I have always loved this musical.  It is a superb cautionary tale about what

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Luke Live, Days Three and Four

I continue once again with my shameless promotion of Paulist Father James DiLuzio and his Luke Live performace, part 3, covering Luke chapters 17-24. Over the last two days, the conversation we had (Father DiLuzio continually encouraged us to have

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Praying for a Miracle

Hattip to Jeff Miller at The Curt Jester.  In purely human terms this is a waste of time.  Obama is a hard core pro-abort.  The idea that he will change his mind and open his heart to the unborn is

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Econ 101

While most of our recent public debates have centered around topics on which economist’s disagree, Harvard Economist Greg Mankiw recently posted a list of fourteen propositions that most economists accept, which is an excerpt from his popular macroeconomics textbook. I

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Most People Are Not Like You

Almost no matter who you are, the above is almost certainly true. Yet it’s a fact that few people seem to readily grasp. I was struck by this as I continued to read the exchange between Ross Douthat and Will

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Pope Denies Worthless Political Hack Photo-Op

Hattip to Jay Anderson at Pro Ecclesia.  The Pope reminded Speaker Pelosi in their meeting of the Church teaching on life. “The Vatican released the pope’s remarks to Pelosi, saying Benedict spoke of the church’s teaching “on the dignity of

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Luke Live, Day Two

I continue now with my shameless promotion of Father DiLuzio’s Luke Live performance.  Again, we were treated to a wonderful exchange of ideas, marked by a charismatic leader who helped enliven St. Luke’s Gospel and knit the narrative together.  Father

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Pro-lifers, the Next Generation

For those in the pro-life movement who may sometimes get discouraged, take a good look at this speech.  This struggle for the unborn will be fought until it is won, if not by us, then by the pro-lifers who come

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Luke Live, Day One

This week, at St. Paul’s Newman Center in Laramie, we have Father James DiLuzio visiting to perform his Luke Live, essentially a performance of the Gospel of St. Luke.  We are on the final run of the gospel, covering chapters

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Res Ipsa Loquitur (II)

I posted last week about the negative reception to Geithner’s bank plan. Here, for instance, was Paul Krugman’s take: It’s really not clear what the plan means; there’s an interpretation that makes it not too bad, but it’s not clear

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Inequality and the New Aristocracy

Running into this article the other day, I was startled to find how many of my own intellectual hobby horses it touched upon. Arnold Kling and Nich Schulz are economists, and their topic is in equality in the modern economy.

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The Strange Case of Father Damien and Mr. Hyde

The Vatican is expected on February 21 to announce the date of Father Damien’s canonization.  So much has been written about the famed leper priest that I feel no need to discuss here the basic facts of his life.   After

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