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October 23, 2008

Capitalist? Socialist? Distributist.

By Bill Powell

Small is beautiful. Or, the bigger the business, the bigger the bailout.   Congress has promised over $1 trillion from our hands to "rescue" gargantuan businesses. When corporations demand the largest free ride in our history, it's time to rethink economies of scale. Socialism is a silly solution -- there, everything becomes one gargantuan business. We need a real solution: distributism.   As G. K. Chesterton wrote, "the cure for centralization is decentralization. It has been described...

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October 20, 2008

Acting Pro-Life

By Steve Skojec

There is an elderly man in our parish whose self-appointed mission during Mass is to angrily harass any parent who dares to linger in the apse of the church for a second after his or her child begins to fuss. It's discouraging to see this sort of behavior in a parish with so many small children who are so unusually well-behaved. Ours is not a church where parents inconsiderately allow their children to lay under the pews, talk loudly, or throw cheerios. Any misbehavior is dealt with promptly...

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October 16, 2008

What's Wrong with Failure?

By Jeffrey Tucker

As angry as many people were about the bailout of Wall Street, something else makes people just about as angry: falling stock prices. It is probably for this reason that Washington decided to take the risk and push one of the more outrageously extravagant spending programs in the history of the world. The benefits of rising stock portfolios are concentrated while the costs of a bailout are diffuse. In the political calculus, then, politicians were betting that they would come out ahead....

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In my old age I have developed some new vices, the two worst being my bad habit of playing solitaire on my computer and my even worse habit of watching and listening to talking heads on cable TV, like Chris Matthews. Matthews is not the worst of them, and sometimes he's pretty good. When watching him it helps me that I have a good friend who can't sit still long enough to allow anybody to finish a sentence. Having been interrupted by my friend a million times over the years, I've grown used...

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The following is a tongue-in-cheek reply to Nick Cafardi's article, "I'm Catholic, Staunchly Anti-Abortion, and Support Obama." I believe racism is an unspeakable evil, yet I support David Duke, who is pro-racism. I do not support him because he is pro-racism, but in spite of it. Is that a proper choice for a committed Catholic? As someone who has worked with minorities all his life, I answer with a resounding yes. Despite what some say, the list of what the Catholic Church calls...

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October 06, 2008

Obama's Military Judgment

Although a Democrat, I have no intention of voting for Sen. Barack Obama in November. My primary objection has to do with his position on abortion, an extreme leftwing position. Not only does he have a 100 percent pro-choice voting record in the U.S. Senate, but when he was in the Illinois Senate he voted against requiring that medical care be given to infants who survive an abortion. More, he promised Planned Parenthood that as president he would sign a Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA), which...

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October 02, 2008

Why Abortion and the Iraq War Are Not Equivalent

By Rev. Dwight Longenecker

The intricacies of Catholic moral theology have never been my strong suit. Rather than use the law to nitpick and condemn people, I'm far too inclined to be on the side of the sinner and give people the benefit of the doubt. For those who quibble over the morality of a particular action, I'm too inclined to skip the detail work and look at the big picture. But it doesn't take a Jesuitical moral theologian to figure out a recent moral conundrum that has taken the fancy of some American...

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Racism has raised its ugly head in the presidential campaign. More exactly, talk about racism has raised its ugly head. Given that it's a Democratic year -- or, at least, should be a Democratic year -- the difficult question has presented itself: Why isn't Sen. Barack Obama way ahead of Sen. John McCain in the polls? Why are they virtually tied? And some Democrats (for instance, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius of Kansas) have begun answering that question by asking, "Have you noticed that Barack...

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September 25, 2008

Communism: The End Justifies the Means

By Fr. Stephen Chan Tin

The facts: Just over three weeks ago I went to Hanoi to participate in a special ceremony to venerate Our Lady of Perpetual Help at the Thai Ha church, and to participate in the struggle for justice and peace in the diocese. After we had performed the holy ceremony at 6:30 PM, I along with monks of the Redemptorist Order and a host of believers held hands and sang songs of praise to the Holy Mother and prayed outside the fence the communist erected when they illegally confiscated our...

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September 22, 2008

Op-ed from lead attorney in Alaska Troopergate Lawsuit

By Joseph Miller, Esq.

By now, most of the country has heard about "Troopergate" and Governor Palin's related conflict with several powerful members of the Alaska legislature.   This conflict arises, in part, out of a legislative investigation into media allegations that Governor Palin removed the state's Commissioner of Public Safety because he refused to fire her ex-brother-in-law, a state trooper.  As the lead attorney for one of two Troopergate lawsuits filed in Alaska last week, I am convinced that this...

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