Category: Economics and Business

Ark of Consumerism

Rockefeller Center sprawls for 22 acres in one of the densest cities on earth, its highest tower stretches 850 feet into the sky, and it has over 8,000,000 square feet of office and retail space. Within this complex dwells a...

/ April 13, 2020

Happiness, Virtue, and the Bastard Science

Happiness is a personal problem. Or so it may seem. Consider the self-help section. A library of recent books offers just the right mindset, self-care regimen, or practical hack for troubled souls who, presumably, hope that one more piece of...

/ January 29, 2020

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