Category: Economics and Business

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

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

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

Little Platoons and the Market

In his response to Andrew Strain, Joe Carter noted that one of Strain’s problems is the assumption that “some other people—rather than those directly engaged in the market activity—should decide what is best for those involved.” Well, yes—at least in...

/ August 4, 2017

Young Christians and the Specter of Socialism

Earlier this week Andrew Strain wrote a sharp, if also too short, post for First Things arguing that economic debates that orbit around whether or not the government should intervene in the marker are ultimately meaningless. This is the gist of...

/ July 27, 2017

The Business of Evangelicalism: Notes on Timothy Gloege’s “Guaranteed Pure”

One of the more complicated questions that many were asking during Donald Trump’s unlikely charge to the White House is why so many evangelicals seemed to line up behind him.

/ January 24, 2017

Dreaming Better Dreams: The Home, Marketplace, and American Dream

I am delighted to publish today’s feature essay by Hannah Anderson. Two notes for readers: First, this is the first essay I have been able to commission using the money from the tip jar, which you can donate to at...

/ January 16, 2017

The Christian Statesman and the Gospel to the Poor: A Christian Classical Liberal Perspective

Over the next week we’ll be running pieces multiple pieces on political economics. The chief question we are addressing is “What duties a Christian magistrate has to the poor?” In today’s post, Dylan Pahman of the Acton Institute is giving a...

/ November 2, 2016

Our Impoverished Imaginations: The World of Jen Hatmaker

Last week Jen Hatmaker, a prominent evangelical author who most recently featured on the Belong Tour with several other notable evangelical women, gave an interview to RNS focused primarily around politics and the 2016 election. Amongst other things, they covered issues...

/ November 1, 2016