Bolivia: Francis, and the Hammer and Sickle

One cannot understand how Pope Francis surrounds himself with revolutionary leaders, assumes their ideas are good, and gives them a virtually unconditional support without first hearing renowned specialists who contend—with concrete data to back them up—that private property, free enterprise … Continue reading

Mammy’s: The Real Cracker Barrel

In an ever changing world one thing seems to always remain the same, a meal at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store. It is perhaps that universal sameness, both in food and décor, which always leaves me a bit disappointed. While … Continue reading

Why Economic Culture Matters

A review of Becoming Europe: Economic Decline, Culture, and How America Can Avoid a European Future by Samuel Gregg (New York: Encounter Books, 2013) *          *          * It is not often that one finds refreshing nuance in books dealing with economy. Economics … Continue reading

The Case Against Secession

I can understand the angst of many Americans after the last elections. There is the growing sensation that government is not responsive anymore to the needs and desires of countless citizens in the vast red-state heartland. Many want out and … Continue reading

A Misconception of Compassion

Not a few Americans have an aversion to social and economic inequalities. This repulsion arises not so much from philosophical convictions as from a temperamental disposition at the heart of which lies a serious misconception about the nature of compassion. … Continue reading

A Liberal, Reformist, and Egalitarian Philanthropy

Moved by false compassion, many wealthy people believe that their own happiness will not be complete as long as others suffer from having less. This attitude leads them to philanthropic sentimentalism. They feel a certain personal well-being in materially helping … Continue reading

The Benefits of Large Families

Experience shows that a family’s vitality and unity are usually in direct proportion to its fecundity.In large families, the children normally look up to the parents as leaders of a sizeable community, given the number of its members as well … Continue reading

Children: The Ultimate Stimulus Package

According to the reasoning, if it can be called that, of the likes of Margaret Sanger and company, we would all be better off if we reduced the world’s population. “The most merciful thing that the large family does to … Continue reading

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