May 31, 2007

Source: NPR Nice. In President Bush’s words:Bringing progress and prosperity to struggling nations requires growing amounts of energy. It’s hard to grow your economy if you don’t have energy. Yet, producing that energy can create environmental challenges for the world. We need to harness the power of technology to help nations meet their growing energy needs while protecting the environment and addressing the challenge of global climate change.In recent years, science has deepened our understanding of climate change and opened… Read more

May 31, 2007

Source: International Herald TribuneWASHINGTON: President George W. Bush has called on Congress to spend $30 million to fight global AIDS over the next five years, a near-doubling of financing that is part of a White House effort to burnish Bush’s humanitarian credentials before he meets leaders of the Group of 8 industrialized nations next week.European critics claim that it was time the U.S. would step up to the plate. For some time, the U.S. had been giving a much lower… Read more

May 31, 2007

In discussions over the minimum wage often high schoolers will be offered as a rebuttal. In this post, I’m not going to argue what our laws should be in regards to minimum wages. Instead, I’m going to focus on the philosophical foundations.For most people, there is no difficulty in saying that the kid who mows your lawn shouldn’t be entitled to $14/hour. This is extended to the kid in high school working a summer job, and it is finally and… Read more

May 30, 2007

It seems that Vox Nova is being attacked for adopting pacifist positions and not giving enough consideration to traditional just war teaching. Christopher Blosser writes: “An absolute (pacifist) condemnation of the military cannot be reconciled with Catholic tradition or the Catechism”. Nonsense. In fact, the pacifist tradition is well established and respected within the Catholic tradition. If pacifism is incompatible with Catholicism, then Dorothy Day would not be on the road to sainthood. If a rejection of all war is… Read more

May 30, 2007

How much reading of newspapers, how much reliance upon the news media, is too much for our own good? Possibly even a little is too much.Walter Hooper, C. S. Lewis’ private secretary and literary executor, describes the kind of disdain Lewis had with newspapers:‘Who is Elizabeth Taylor?’ asked C. S. Lewis. He and I were talking about the difference between ‘prettiness’ and ‘beauty,’ and I suggested that Miss Taylor was a great beauty. ‘If you read the newspapers,’ I said… Read more

May 30, 2007

I didn’t have too eventful of a Memorial Day. I attended a wedding. I also went to the graduation of a cousin who will be headed to Missouri for AIT before starting college. Vox Nova was a little more eventful.The reason I label the post such is because Nationalism and the rights of States are quite often understood erroneously outside patria. The Compendium of Social Doctrine is instructive here, “417. The political community is established to be of service to… Read more

May 29, 2007

Source: United Press InternationalThe U.S. will ban thirty one Sudanese companies from the U.S. financial system, including oil exporters. In addition, the Bush Administration has called to freeze the assets of two Sudanese high-ranking government officials allegedly involved in the massacre. President Bush is also pushing for a Security Council resolution that would impose financial sanctions on the Sudanese government, stop military flights over the area and intensify an embargo on arms sales to the country. Read more

May 29, 2007

After 53 years of being on air, Radio Caracas Televisión, the oldest privately owned television station in Venezuela, has been officially closed by the Venezuelan government. This TV station, as well as all the other private stations, has shown opposition to Chávez’s regime for many years now and was therefore thought subversive by the government. The paranoia of the regime, or perhaps in a resounding demonstration of its power, finally took the station off the air and replaced it instead… Read more

May 29, 2007

“I want to be blunt with you,” the priest said to me. He was behind a curtain, and had just digested my confession. “It sounds,” he said, “like you’ve got a really ungrateful heart.”Today, memorial day, I found myself beside a creek, watching the birds wash, breathing in the smells of spring, loving the presence of my future wife, and truly enjoying the freedoms that countless soldiers have died for, but mostly killed for.I am grateful for these freedoms. But… Read more

May 28, 2007

This the second post of a two-part response to Michael’s excellent Memorial Day post. My main problem with nationalism is that it violates the “Catholic principle”, the idea that we should not set limits and definitions on our definition of “neighbor”. In other words, borders might be necessary for purely administrative reasons, but should never become imbued with mystical qualities of their own. Too often today, there is the tendency in America to glorify the nation state and all the… Read more

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