Category Archives: Economy

The Pope Is Right About Inequality

You know what you never hear anyone say anymore? “It’s a free country.” Some of us may still oppose specific Progressive policies such as abortion on demand or gender-free marriage, but we all seem to accept the Progressive premise that the “correct” way to live is not something for each human person to work out [...]

Putting Student Loans in Perspective

Josh Mercer posted a story below about Mark Cuban and student loans, so I thought it only fair that the opposite argument should appear here. Full disclosure: In order to write this post I’m taking a break from trying to figure out how the next fiscal year budget will stretch to meet my department’s needs [...]

Libertarianism and Catholicism

Kevin Williamson has a piece at National Review that is sharply critical of some Catholic pronouncements on economics.  I’d like to respond to his piece, with a view to pointing out what I think are some important errors in his own libertarian critique of some Catholic thinking.  I think this is worth doing, because it [...]

Mark Cuban explains the current student loan crisis in less than 90 seconds

I don’t watch the NBA, but this is enough to make me a fan of the Dallas Mavericks. Their semi-obnoxious owner nailed the problem with $1 trillion in college debt that is crushing Millennials — and the adverse effects its having not just on them but everyone. Politicians love to sell themselves as problem solvers [...]

What Does God Need With a Starship?

Last week, Google made headlines with the announcement of a prototype driverless car right out of the pages of a science fiction novel. The wizards of Mountain View are so confident in their technology that the car doesn’t even have a steering wheel or pedals. Still, a majority of the American people do not share [...]

Santorum favors modest increase to minimum wage

When CatholicVote endorsed Rick Santorum for President in 2008, libertarians and economic conservatives would recount all the votes Santorum had cast which violated strict free-market principles (like increases on the minimum wage.) No concessions were ever allowed for the fact that he represented the blue collar state of Pennsylvania. So his latest interview with Chuck [...]

President Ecclesiastes?

Buried amidst the wall-to-wall coverage of pressing national issues like Michael Sam’s coming out party and Chris Christie’s traffic jam, the Obama Administration has announced that it will be delaying and weakening the employer mandate once again. Politico notes that this will be a boon to unscrupulous small business owners who now have more time to [...]


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