October 15, 2016

Jack Quirk 

The land value tax is an idea that has gained some currency in some respectable Christian Democratic and Distributist circles, and thus it is necessary to do the hard work of subjecting the idea to some evaluation. The zeal of its adherents combined with the reluctance of others to wade into the murky waters of numerical abstraction has permitted the idea to proceed with a level of acquiescence to which it is not entitled. More…





Doran Hunter

As of this writing, we should soon be getting news that the last ISIS stronghold in a significant Syrian population center (in this case, Aleppo) has been liberated by the Syrian Arab Army with Russian support. One would think that with all their declamations about the evils of ISIS that the mainstream liberal media and the Obama White House would be rejoicing at this major defeat of terrorist jihadism. More…  


Julia Smucker

As I sat down to watch the Oct. 4 vice-presidential debate, knowing that much has already been made of both candidates’ self-professed Christian faith, what I dreaded most was the possibility of the name of Jesus Christ being taken up as a political weapon on both sides.  In fact, they almost made it through the debate without doing so – until moderator Elaine Quijano raised a question about how they balance their faith with public policy.  We can’t know for sure whether the question was intended as a veiled reference to life issues, but the candidates appeared to interpret it as such, unquestioningly accepting (and further perpetuating) the problematic stereotype that the only grounds for respecting life are religious ones. More…


Kirk Morrison

Defeating terrorists has been one of the chief concerns of voters since the attacks of 9/11/01. The battle against pan-Islamic reactionaries has been extremely difficult since their scattershot network of cells and individual supporters can strike without warning in many places around the world. Unlike traditional conflicts, we can’t “win” by occupying a particular nation or territory, since the terrorists’ goals go beyond borders and ethnicities. More…




Louis Rose

There’s a new group of young Catholics called the Tradinista Collective that has been getting a lot of attention lately, and some criticism. This old codger decided to take a look to see what he could make of it, and will share some observations here. More…  






Phil Ropp

“Really don’t mind if you sit this one out.”

These opening words to Jethro Tull’s 1972 concept album, “Thick as a Brick,” seem to pop into my head every time I try to pray about who it is I should vote for in this bizarre presidential election of 2016.  The only time I find myself in real agreement with either of the questionable, and highly disagreeable, major party candidates is when one points a crooked finger at the other and pronounces him or her unfit to serve.  I know I’m not alone in this.  And it’s not like either of the unlikely third party candidates inspire any great confidence, and it’s not like I’m alone in this assessment either.  It would seem to me that if each state placed “none of the above” at the bottom of the ballot, President Above would be elected in a landslide.  And the nation would be the better for it. More…



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