about us
  news from other sites
 Libertarian Theory
  Austrian School
  Business Cycles
  Gold Standard
  Private education
  Greenhouse effects
  Abortion, Euthanasia, Suicide
  Alcohol, Tobacco and Drugs
  Cryogen suspension
  Food and Medicine /Right to choose your own
  Health Care
 International Relations
  Development Help
  Europe and EU /Uniting Europe without the Union
  Secession Right
  War on Terrorism
  Gun Rights
  Human Rights /Emancipation
  Property Rights
  Self Defence
  Speech Freedom
  Values and Norms
 Rights, Justice
  Punishment and restitution
  War on Drugs
  Social security
  Internet Freedom
  Privacy and Encryption
 Repression and Police State
  Database State
Today: Sun, March 29 2015  -  Last modified: April, 26 2007
03 February 2015
Communion and Consumerism
by Gregory Jensen
 sub-topic» General

The anthropologist Mary Douglas helps us translate this theology into a prudential vision of the economic when she argues that Keynes got it backwards. Production is not in the service of consumption. It is rather that consumption serves production. This means for Douglas (like Schmemann) not only the production of material wealth as Smith argues but also—and more foundationally—social meaning. Human consumption is in the service of creating, sustaining and deepening community — above all else the Eucharistic community of the Church.

20 January 2015
Time to get serious
by Linda Woodhead
 sub-topic» General

There is also a gap in values between Church and people on socio-political issues. Most people in Britain are now centre-right, and Anglicans are even further to the right than the majority. For example, nearly 70 per cent of "Anglicans" believe that the welfare system has created a culture of dependency - almost ten percentage points higher than the general population. But official church teaching is positioned much further to the left of both the population and, even more so, Anglicans.

This leaves the Church out of step with most of its supporters, as well as its detractors. It is both more left-wing in politics and more conservative in morals, and both more paternalist and more puritanical.

21 October 2014
Welfare, Work and Human Dignity
by Dylan Pahman
 sub-topic» General

Acknowledging this, Christians not only have a duty to work for virtue in their souls and the production of material goods in the world but better to encourage and enable others to fulfill this divine commandment as well. Part of this means never looking at another person as useless. God created us to work, and if our primary goal is virtue, there is something everyone can do to work for that, no matter even if they have a criminal record or mental, emotional, or physical disability. Perhaps not everyone’s work can take the form of gainful employment, but work remains a duty to all and an important matter of human dignity, a cause to which we owe “the sweat of [our] face” (Genesis 3:19) as well.

21 September 2014
Our Sentimental Humanitarian Age
by Samuel Gregg
 sub-topic» General

Despite its claims to take the mind seriously, sentimental humanitarianism is also rather “uncomfortable” (to use classic sentimental humanitarian language) with any substantive understanding of reason. It tends to reduce most debates to exchanges of feelings. You know you’re dealing with a sentimental humanitarian whenever someone responds to arguments with expressions such as “Well, I just feel…” or “You can’t say that,” or (the ultimate trump-card) “That’s hurtful.”

08 February 2014
Jesus and Mo: it's time to pick a horse
by Charles Kiendjian
 sub-topic» General

It’s tempting to think this is a difficult legal or moral conundrum. It isn’t. There are difficult legal and moral issues out there but this is not one of them. The question before us is very simple: do we have the right to depict Mohammed? It’s a simple question and so it deserves a simple answer. The answer is either yes or no. My answer is yes. If your answer is “yes, but”, then sorry that’s just not good enough. If you have to pause for thought before answering the question then you’ve probably already decided the answer is no.

11 January 2014
Why Not Force People to Attend Church?
by Jacob G. Hornberger
 sub-topic» General

Most Americans would undoubtedly oppose a law requiring everyone to attend church. They would say that whether a person attends church or not is his business, not the business of the state or the majority. They would also say that freedom entails the right to not attend church, not worship God, and not even believe in God. They would oppose such a law even if they were convinced that the law would produce good results.

07 December 2013
My Religion: Liberty!
by Timothy J. Taylor
 sub-topic» General

That’s right! My religion is liberty! At least I believe in the concept of liberty just as much and just as fervently as any Catholics or Protestants believe in the teachings of Jesus Christ. And I am just as offended and aggrieved as they are when the government forces me by law to comply with mandates which clearly violate my right to liberty.

01 June 2013
How Strongly do Believers Believe: Hostorical Evidence
by David Friedman
 sub-topic» General

For those of us who do not believe in religion, it is tempting to see other people's belief as only semi-real, as more like my belief in the world of Lord of the Rings (the book, which I read early enough so I had to wait for the second volume to be published, and have reread many times since) than my belief in Australia. It is tempting to interpret our picture of how religious people were in the past as an artifact of filtered data, our sources for the relevant history largely consisting of accounts written by clerics, a point made by Georges Duby, a prominent medieval historian, in a book that used a rare secular source to provide a balancing picture. But it is hard to see how one can give a complete account of history, or even of the present world, without concluding that for a substantial number of people Heaven really was, or is, as real as Australia.

30 May 2013
Pope and State: No Separation
by Timothy J. Taylor
 sub-topic» General

With all due respect to Pope Francis, his philosophy regarding money sounds like a typical socialist/communist rant demanding a worldwide redistribution of wealth from the have’s to the have not’s; the producers to the takers; the hard working to the lazy; and the ambitious to the complacent.

31 December 2012
Social Conservative Pharisees
by Paul Green
 sub-topic» General

But it is religious social conservatives who, with misplaced faith have glorified, empowered and bowed down to the state as a divine instrument for imposing morality.

In doing so, they have helped create a rod for their own backs. Now, the masquerade is being lifted to reveal the raw tyranny of the secular state. This was always the end result of the social conservative message and why it is and always has been a losing message.

14 August 2012
Elephant in the room
by Timothy J. Taylor
 sub-topic» General

Religion is the problem.

Everyone knows that the problem is religion, but no one wants to mention it.

We’re still fighting the crusades of the Middle Ages by proxy in the 21st century. If you take the imaginary man in the sky out of the equation all the problems would be solved.

The Islamic countries – the Muslims-- have to get over the fact that Israel is a legitimate state. The Jews and the Christians have to reconcile the fact that the Muslims still have to some extent a legitimate claim to parts of Jerusalem.

Diplomacy is the one and only answer.

Religion is the elephant in the room.