A poem written for my student right before they read "The Cask of Amontillado"
I recently found myself standing in the midst of a forest full of redwoods and feeling oddly uncomfortable. Surrounded by rare giants, some of whom had fallen and some whom were still proudly displaying their two-thousand-year-old glory, I didn't feel quite as I ought to have. At another time of life not so long ago, … Continue reading Nature Is Incomplete.
In his recent address to American Catholics, President Trump began, "From the very beginning of our Republic, Catholics have uplifted and enriched our nation beyond measure. Catholics like Charles Carroll helped secure American Independence." Who was Charles Carroll? Born in 1737, Carroll would become the only Roman Catholic signee of the Declaration of Independence.
In the midst of the chaos that has erupted in many cities across the U.S., in the midst of the burning of homes, and destruction of businesses, and ruination of lives, and needless violence, many of us are asking, “What do we do now?” Do we pursue the famed Benedict Option and retreat from society, … Continue reading C. S. Lewis on Conscience, Reason, and Pacifism
This past summer, I worked a job of a type that I had not tried before: I worked on a ranch for long weeks of 50-60 hours for a salary of $900 twice a month, my lunches provided on the job, plus a place to stay for no charge and a supply of beef for … Continue reading Against the Hourly Wage
The Decimal System is not the best.
Thick vs. Thin Libertarianism The difference between thick and thin libertarianism hinges on answering the question - is libertarianism only a political philosophy, or can it be, for instance, a moral philosophy as well? Does it only answer political questions, or moral questions as well? I advocate for thin libertarianism, a libertarianism that answers the … Continue reading Are you secretly Libertarian… AND Catholic? (Part 3)
Welcome back to your introduction to libertarianism. We’re exploring: What libertarianism is and is notMisconceptions about libertarianismWhy you might be a libertarian and not know itWhy Catholicism and libertarianism are at least compatible Last time, we established that libertarianism is not communism; libertarianism despises coercion, and communism is built upon it. Now, we will learn … Continue reading Are you secretly libertarian… AND Catholic?! (Part 2)
Libertarians are selfish materialists! They trample upon the common good! They don’t have any moral compasses because they think people should get to do whatever they want! No… no… no, and sort of. Popular First Things editor Rusty Reno published a piece in November of 2018, “Common Good Conservatism,” in which he claims, among other … Continue reading Are you secretly libertarian… AND Catholic?! (Part 1)