There is nothing new under the sun

From John Chrysostom’s 21st homily on 1 Corinthians: It is foolishness and a public madness to fill the cupboards with clothing and allow men who are created in God’s image and likeness to stand naked and trembling with cold, so that they can hardly hold themselves upright. Yes, you say, he is cheating and he [Read More...]

To whom much has been given

From everyone to whom much has been given, much will be required; and from one to whom much has been entrusted, even more will be demanded. Karoli’s post — “Rick Warren, What Were You Thinking?” — is spot on and she deserves kudos for actually prompting a response from Warren, albeit a clumsily defensive one. [Read More...]

Rick Warren and The Purpose-Driven Lie

Via David Atkins at Hullabaloo: Yesterday famed “Christian” pastor Rick Warren, wealthy author and megachurch leader, tweeted the following: HALF of America pays NO taxes. Zero. So they’re happy for tax rates to be raised on the other half that DOES pay any taxes. Stupid or evil? Both. That’s such an old lie, told so [Read More...]

What commie said this?

We must first of all recall a principle … the principle of the priority of labour over capital. This principle directly concerns the process of production: in this process labour is always a primary efficient cause, while capital, the whole collection of means of production, remains a mere instrument or instrumental cause. … This gigantic [Read More...]

Larry Summers on 'the jobs deficit'

From an interview with Larry Summers by Walter Isaacson at Fortune’s Brainstorm Tech conference: The biggest problem the country has right now is not the budget deficit. The biggest problem the country has right now is the jobs deficit. Yes, there’s a risk that we will misplay things and make the mistakes of the 1970s, and [Read More...]

Facebook's Grand Bargain

The following is making the rounds on Facebook as a smug, “just-folks like me are so much smarter than all those idiots in Washington” piece of myth-making: Salary of the US President. ..$400,000. Salary of retired US Presidents …$180,000. Salary of House/Senate…$174, 000. Salary of Speaker of the House…$223,500… Salary of Majority/Minority Leaders… $193,400… Average [Read More...]

A bipartisan enemy of the people

Amy Traub writes about one of my hobby horses for The American Prospect: “Give Us Some Credit: States work to curb the financial background checks that can keep the unemployed out of work.” Today, six in ten employers say that they check the credit histories of some or all prospective employees before making final hiring [Read More...]

It's time to panic

Brad DeLong notes that this week’s employment figures are cause for panic. What he suggests, actually, isn’t merely panic, but “PANIC!!” But given our current employment crisis, I think a third exclamation point may be required. We’ve got 13.9 million Americans who can’t find work. That’s cause for alarm — cause for all out panic [Read More...]