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Harbingers

Forerunners of things to come...

Neither a Hayekian nor a Marxist be...

Ralph E. Ancil (Prof. of Economics at the Franciscan University in Steubenville and President of the Wilhelm Roepke Institute), gave a clear critique of the pure market subjectivism of Friedrich Hayek in "Hayek’s Serfdom: Fifty Years Later." The title of the piece refers, of course, to Hayek's famous (or some would say infamous) The Road to Serfdom which, written while he was in England at the tail end of World War II (1944), is a prophesy of the mess we are in today and will most likely be in tomorrow.

Successful predictions. The stuff of movements for reform.

Way back in the 60s there were two alarmist predictions that were made. There were the predictions of Pope Paul VI about the impact of the contraceptive mentality on the general decline of sexual mores and there were the predictions of Paul Ehrlich about the negative consequences of burgeoning world population. The world, of course, reviled the former and hailed the latter. As far as I can tell, it still does. Whose predictions turned out to be accurate and whose inaccurate? You would think that the accuracy of prediction would have some impact on people's attitudes toward the claims of the predictors, but apparently, for the vast majority of people, it didn't and doesn't.

Their predictions were even issued in the same year, 1968. How's that for a coincidence? How ironic that both have gone by the name of Paul. St. Paul, pray for us!

"Why does the same-sex marriage debate seem so futile?"

Michael Cook has attempted, in a somewhat worthy fashion, to analyze why the contemporary marriage debate has yielded so little understanding. See "Why does the same-sex marriage debate seem so futile?"

A reflection on the transcendent nature of man and the peril of the reductionist view

From Augusto Pessina, Department of Biomedical Surgical, Dental Sciences. University of Milan comes a serious reflection on the transcendent nature of the human person and the reductionist view of post-modern science and philosophy. See "By his nature man is related to the infinite."

Dimensions of Moral Hazard

We have become a nation of wimps.

We're like the little boy or girl in school who's getting picked on and runs to mommy and daddy for comfort.

Except in this case, "mommy and daddy" is big government. So, what are we afraid of? Who's picking on us?

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