Faith of the revolutionary generation (and ours)

woodcut of Washington at prayer

It may sound like a stretch, but you can learn a lot about contemporary faith and politics from colonial needlework.American colonists struggled to make sense of the events leading up to the war with Britain. Escalating encroachments were resisted by the colonists, whose sometimes-violent actions provoked further crackdowns. The cycle intensified throughout the late 1760s and into the new decade, spawning boycotts, riots, and worse, including the Boston Massacre in March 1770.If … [Read more...]

Adam Smith for dummies

Adam Smith

Despite their obvious differences,┬áDas Kapital and The Wealth of Nations share at least one similarity: Nobody reads them. In the case of Karl Marx, this is no tragedy. Thanks to the colorful antics of history (many of them sticky and sanguinary), anyone can see that the bewhiskered dreamer was full of crap.Not so with Adam Smith, whose tome revealed profundities from which anyone would profit -- that is, unless you count the cost of actually digesting The Wealth of Nations. Any edition of … [Read more...]


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