All posts by Tex

Imperialism and the Liberal Left

Imperialism is a word most often found in the mouths of green and hip college students, slung about in derision of cold-hearted, greedy conservatives that do little more than suck the life, vitality, and cash out of the world’s “bottom...

/ June 13, 2008

Uneasy Bedfellows?: Natural Law and Protestant Theology

If there is one idea that comes up in every lecture at Acton University, it is a particular view of the human person mentioned in shorthand as “Christian anthropology.”  This view of the human being as a person made in...

/ June 13, 2008

Mustafa Akyol on the Basic Compatibility of Islam with Free Market Economy

A special treat for the attendees of Acton University, Mustafa Akyol delivered a lunch lecture addressing the principles of Islam that are basically compatible with free markets and free societies. While his comments were brief and limited by the restraints...

/ June 12, 2008

Christianity and Globalization: A Unity in Diversity

The Judeo-Christian religion has always experienced a tension between expansion and isolation, universality and particularity. From the beginning of the history of the world as outlined in the Hebrew and Christian scriptures, we are confronted with a view of mankind...

/ June 12, 2008

The Danger of Misplaced Pity

I have often found myself banging my head against the wall in frustration with the profligate waste of youthful energy exhibited by groups like Rock the Vote, Green Peace, and other groups that take on grave global issues which, if...

/ June 12, 2008

Difference: The Opportunity for Love

A second intriguing idea (read the first here) suggested by Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse in her lecture on the Economic Way of Thinking is that whereas politicians, socialists, and all sorts of folks that populate our opinion making industries see...

/ June 11, 2008

The Economic Way of Thinking

Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse just delivered a fascinating lecture overviewing the basics of economic thinking. Beginning with the basic premises of economic science, she rapidly moved through the basic methods of economic inquiry, principles that are foundational to the science...

/ June 11, 2008

Anthropology, the Economists' Foundation

A struggling internet connection in my hotel delayed the timeliness of this post, however, I’ve received promises that the network will be fixed before the morning’s end, in which case posts should be more frequent. Connectivity foibles alone could not...

/ June 11, 2008

Acton University: Economics, Freedom, and Christianity

. . .what is virtue if not the free choice of what is good?” Alexis de Tocqueville Today the Acton Institute, and educational and research group promoting the development of free and virtuous societies through individual liberty and Christian principles,...

/ June 10, 2008

Autonomy, Eternity, and Value

We are thus stuck between two unrealistic views of the autonomy of the individual. The first is that the self can be autonomous forever; the second is that only the autonomous deserve to live at all.” (p. 152) Peter Lawler’s...

/ May 29, 2008