Owned by Ownership; The Need to Simplify

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In one of those happy synchronicities, my column at First Things this week appears to play right into the hands of the Patheos Book Club.Allow me to explain. Over at First Things, I chronicle the existential agida I am experiencing over how my husband's pack-rat instincts overwhelm my need to throw things away, and the influence of Western prosperity on our sense of material balance and well-being:Our Christmas was a modest one, by choice, and no one in our family is consumed by a … [Read more...]

Child Labor and Chocolate -UPDATED

A multi-billion dollar American industry should be able to do better than this.Socialism does not work, but one of the reasons socialist movements succeed is because capitalists and the free market fall prey to that all-too-human failing: yeah, greed.Those who support capitalism and free markets have a responsibility to demand that manufacturers and suppliers do the right thing. In a case such as this -- where a multi-billion dollar industry is based on something … [Read more...]


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