Category: Economics and Business

Book Review: The Economist’s Hour by Binyamin Applebaum

In his new book, The Economist’s Hour: False Prophets, Free Markets, and the Fracture of Society, New York Times editorial writer, Binyamin Applebaum, tells the story of the rise of unfettered free market policies and the damage those policies caused...

/ October 3, 2019

We’re All Truman Now: On Shoshanna Zuboff’s The Age of Surveillance Capitalism

It’s been over twenty years since the release of The Truman Show, directed by Peter Weir. Truman, the star of the show, is unaware that the show even exists. Billions of people around the world watch his every move, tracked...

/ August 28, 2019

Israel Folau, Submitting to Masters, and the Modern Corporation

By Simon Kennedy The current saga involving Australian rugby star, Israel Folau, is a high-profile incubator case for civil liberties in Australia. Folau, like others for him, is facing a threat to his livelihood because of publicly expressing his religious...

/ May 24, 2019

Workism and Desire: To what end do we work?

By John Thomas On February 24th, in an article titled Workism Is Making Americans Miserable, Derek Thompson made a compelling case that for many college-educated men and women, work has become a religion. Thompson writes,

/ March 22, 2019

Time to Flourish: On the Center for Public Justice’s New Paid Family Leave Report

If there is anything that the recent political sturm und drang about family separation at the border has emphasized, it is the undeniable sanctity of the family—at least in the political imaginary. The idea that the state might separate children...

/ July 23, 2018

You shouldn’t critique an economy that doesn’t actually exist.

By Ben Bush There is a large strain of leftist thought—whether from liberal Marxists or (parts of?) the Christian left—which presses a critique of market capitalism as inherently tending to dissolve social bonds and separate us into haves and have-nots....

/ May 31, 2018

Let Us Now Praise Fractious Men: The Hillbilly as Economic Dissident

Hillbilly Elegy, J.D. Vance’s bestselling memoir, strikes a delicate balance between family history and cultural commentary. In the book, Vance draws on his memories of an unstable family in a stagnant small town to paint a vivid picture of the...

/ March 19, 2018
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Conscientious Producerism

In an earlier post on this site, I wrote that Christians must “consider how their productive activities—who they sell their labor to or where they invest their capital—can grow out of their convictions.” Yet the suggestion that some occupations are...

/ February 8, 2018
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Work and Pray

I’m pleased to publish this guest piece from Dr. Tim LeCroy. Ora et labora: pray and work. This was the motto of the medieval monk. This simple phrase moved the life of prayer from the realm of the ascetical heroism...

/ September 20, 2017

On John Locke and His Woke Catholic Critics

The world is going to hell. This unfortunate development most certainly began with the Enlightenment (or was it Duns Scotus?) and it is entirely the fault of John Locke and his nasty gang of philosophy boys. Thus proceeds the standard...

/ August 10, 2017