Category: Economics and Business

A few thoughts on Wealth Inequality

What sort of problem is wealth inequality, if it is a problem at all? That’s the question that’s been ably posed to me by a commenter, who wrote the following: wealth distribution is more unequal in the US now than...

/ March 5, 2012

Utopia and Capitalist Christianity

Dr. Craig Carter was gracious enough to respond to my write-up of the Wallis-Brooks non-throwdown.  Excerpts and brief replies follow. What does it mean for society to be “consumerist” or “materialist”? What do these terms even mean? They do have...

/ November 2, 2010

Wallis vs. Brooks: The Debate that Wasn’t.

Capitalism may not have a soul, but working relations between Jim Wallis and Arthur Brooks might have a future. The event last Thursday at Wheaton College turned more tea party (of the proper variety) than cage match.  Even when Jim...

/ October 31, 2010

The Problem of Beck

Over at his blog, Denny Burk highlights a brief video detailing why he does not care for Glenn Beck’s politics, even though Beck, like Burk presumably, is an economic conservative. And on this issue, Burk is absolutely correct in denouncing...

/ August 17, 2010

The (Economic?) Case for Babies

I’m in the market for babies and, based on the research, it’s prime time to be having them.  Happily married, financially stable, and with a happiness quotient that should make the rich and famous envious, my wife and I are...

/ June 28, 2010

The Kickoff to Acton University 2010 – Father Sirico Speaks

“You have never encountered a mere mortal.” Men are either “immortal horrors or everlasting splendors.” Even at the beginning of an Acton conference its always popular to quote C.S. Lewis. But its more than popular – the quote is true...

/ June 15, 2010

Rhetoric v. Substance

Robert Parham from EthicsDaily.com has a proposal for healthcare reform: Get it Passed! Filled with rhetorically charged missives which casts healthcare opponents as bourgeoisie and “individualistic,” Parham, who myopically makes no mention of abortion mandates, reduces the argument between the...

/ March 19, 2010

APEC 2008

Eyes are on Peru this week, and this time they aren’t the ever-watchful eyes of NGOs monitoring fair and just elections, nor are they the eyes of the bulldog military that are constantly on guard against drug trafficking. Peru is...

/ November 22, 2008

Green Markets, Evangelicals, and the Poor

One issue that has received less and less attention in the run-up to November 4th, and especially since the Economic Crisis of 2008, is environmental stewardship and global warming. If the environment is mentioned at all, it usually is in...

/ October 16, 2008

Marx, Money, and the Market's Future

The Communist Manifesto, that little piece of literature so dog-eared and marked by nearly every college grad, is full of statements that have become particularly interesting in light of the last few weeks of activity on Capitol Hill and along...

/ October 9, 2008