"Although they are established to protect both the security of ownership and that of transactions, it is obvious that Western systems emphasize the latter. Security is principally focused on producing trust in trasnactions so that people can more easily make their assets lead a parallel life as capital."In most developing countries, by contrast, the law and official agencies are trapped by early colonial and Roman law, which tilt toward protecting ownership. They have become custodians of the … [Read more...]

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PEOPLE, LOOK EAST: I have a book review in the current issue of Crisis of David Aikman's Jesus in Beijing: How Christianity Is Transforming China and Changing the Global Balance of Power.Excerpts:...According to David Aikman, former Beijing bureau chief for Time magazine, China may soon be among the most influential Christian countries in the world. Aikman's provocative thesis gets a vigorous, if overhasty, presentation in his new book, Jesus in Beijing: How Christianity Is Transforming … [Read more...]

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DETAILS ON THE TYPES OF "HARSH TREATMENT"/TORTURE DISCUSSED BY THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION'S LAWYERS. … [Read more...]

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CALLING ALL DISGRUNTLED CATHOLICS: Father Jim Tucker wants YOU! Here's his post, in its entirety.In October, our parish will launch a new program designed to reach out to non-practicing, English-speaking Catholics in our area. I'll be the clerical point-man and am working with our youth director (himself a convert from Anglicanism), who is the mastermind behind it all.The structure of the program is fairly well set: it will feel very un-churchy to Catholics and is centered around what … [Read more...]

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HERNANDO DE SOTO IN ACTION!: Here is a story illustrating the points De Soto has been making throughout his (so far truly excellent) book, The Mystery of Capital: "Kenyans buy into slum plan." (De Soto has been emphasizing the need for property rights; this story makes that point and also notes physical improvements in the buildings and a sense of personal and communal ownership.) Excerpts:Last year, a group of Nairobi slum dwellers banded together and asked the city council to give them the … [Read more...]

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"Extralegality is often perceived as a 'marginal' issue similar to black markets in advanced nations, or poverty, or unemployment. The extralegal world is typically viewed as a place where gangsters roam, sinister characters of interest only to the police, anthropologists, and missionaries."In fact it is legality that is marginal; extralegality has become the norm. The poor have already taken control of vast quantities of real estate and production. Those international agencies that jet their … [Read more...]

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TORTURE MEMO: Here's a New York Times piece on the March 2003 "president can legally order torture" memo, in which weirdness abounds:"...The memo, prepared for Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, also said that any executive branch officials, including those in the military, could be immune from domestic and international prohibitions against torture for a variety of reasons."One reason, the lawyers said, would be if military personnel believed that they were acting on orders from … [Read more...]

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