The ‘work ethic’ can be unethical (part 1)

You should always work hard and do your best. This is a moral obligation. That seems reasonable. Who doesn’t think that working harder is better than slacking off? And who could possibly quarrel with something as uncontroversially wholesome as “always do your best”? But it’s misleading —
and morally wrong — in at least two ways. [Read more…]

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Trump requests extension for tax reform plan

The Trump administration today released a slap-dash, vague, one-page document on the subject of “Tax Reform.” It offers little in the way of details, just a series of somewhat-connected bullet-points relating to this general theme. This is not a plan or a proposal, but a wish-list of the various — and often contradictory — ingredients that Trump’s various advisers might want to see should such a plan or proposal ever get written. But, hey, if a loosely related series of bullet points is good enough for the White House, then it’s good enough for me. [Read more…]

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Sunday favorites

“Thieves must give up stealing; rather let them labor and work honestly with their own hands, so as to have something to share with the needy.” [Read more…]

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Postcards from the class & culture wars (4.13.17)

“Yes, the strong gets more while the weak ones fade. Empty pockets don’t ever make the grade. Mama may have, Papa may have, But God bless the child that’s got his own.” [Read more…]

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And I dreamed I was dying

Another manufactured-housing community, another irresponsible landlord, another 49 families facing eviction and displacement. Same story, different day. Plus: Garry Wills on evangelicalism; the chemistry of Trump’s America; alt-right Warnkes go after Guy Fieri; and A.Q. Smith does a pretty good Ron Sider impression. [Read more…]

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Or driven to its knees

Guess what, all those phone calls and town halls and protests against the awful, awful “Trumpcare” bill? They worked. Well done, folks. Also: Trump’s budget wants to cut LIHEAP; the CFPB ain’t dead yet; what flat-earthers are on about; and YNATKC. [Read more…]

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Ignorant jerks abusing ‘the poor will always be with you’ will always be with you

That’s what Jesus is saying. “The poor will always be with you” because you are disobedient, hardhearted, exploitative and devious. The presence of poverty is not some inevitable law of the universe, it’s the consequence of sin — your sin, the sin of the wealthy, not the sin of the poor. The fact that the poor are with us is a rebuke. It is evidence of our guilt and failure and wicked thinking. [Read more…]

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The culture wars are class war, and vice versa (2.12.17)

“Hate evil and love good, and establish justice in the gate; it may be that the Lord, the God of hosts, will be gracious …” [Read more…]

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