Category: Economics and Business

3 Thoughts on Kindle Unlimited

I have a roundup on Amazon’s latest innovation over at Mere O Notes so if you’re wanting to learn more about Kindle Unlimited, start there. I. Our Technocratic Libertarianism While Mark Lilla is basically correct in saying that we live...

/ July 22, 2014

Faith, Family, and the Dangers of Capitalism

Do Hobby Lobby’s day-to-day practices contravene many conservative values? That was Patrick Deneen’s thesis in “Even If Hobby Lobby Wins, We All Lose”, wherein Deneen managed to articulate a fairly important thesis (even though it was denigrated for sputtering quite...

/ May 16, 2014

Why Young Evangelicals should Support Hobby Lobby

The news yesterday that the Supreme Court is going to hear the Hobby Lobby case momentarily brought the question of religious liberty back to the forefront of our national consciousness. There are a variety of aspects to the case, many...

/ November 27, 2013

Why ‘The Family’ Matters in Economics

Nick Schulz is frustrated. He’s frustrated that economists talk about the role of institutions in the American economy, yet ignore the most fundamental one of them all: the family. With a career built on writing about the roots of economic...

/ August 13, 2013

Social Justice Reconsidered: Report from the Philadelphia Society

I recently sat in on the Philadelphia Society’s annual meeting, an extended examination of the term “social justice.” In some ways, I like the term, given the way it is often used to remind us that every aspect of life...

/ August 12, 2013

Stability and “Creative Destruction” in the Home and Economy

Ross Douthat, from a column that is in the running for the best of the year: What unites all of these stories is the growing failure of America’s local associations — civic, familial, religious — to foster stability, encourage solidarity...

/ November 20, 2012

Man, Models and the Markets: Why Theology Has Something to Say About Economics

Ben Bernanke has gone soft.  The chairman of the Federal Reserve said this summer that economics should “understand and promote the enhancement of well-being.” His fellow economists have long worked with an ideal version of rationality to explain the “what”...

/ October 2, 2012

The Places Markets Shouldn’t Go

Michael Sandel on the moral limits of markets: These examples illustrate a broader point: some of the good things in life are degraded if turned into commodities. So to decide where the market belongs, and where it should be kept...

/ March 19, 2012

Poverty, the Limits of Materialism, and George MacDonald

Christianity Today recently put together a peculiarly insufficient list of ways to help the poor that was ably and summarily criticized by Peter Greer, whose work with Hope International stands somewhere in the nexus of awesome and jaw-dropping. But they...

/ March 7, 2012

The (A)Morality of Material Resources

Following up on yesterday’s musings about the proper distribution of material resources, I thought I’d walk through a bit more O’Donovan for us all. A lengthy section, no doubt, but one worth sitting through.  And besides, if there’s one rule...

/ March 6, 2012