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Vocation and the Humane Economy

The dominance of economics is a fact of life today. For some that is a good thing. An editorial writer for the old Rocky Mountain News told me that politics was a bad way to settle public issues; economics was a better one.

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    No Free Lunch

    This summer, as U.K. schoolchildren go on vacation, their school buildings will become hives of activity. Construction workers will descend in droves to overhaul kitchens and dining halls.

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    Country

    Every time I watch the above scene from Gladiator, that powerful movie about the decadence of Roman imperial government, the lamentation of Maximus for the unfulfilled promise of Rome and for the long-defunct republic turns my thoughts to...

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    Practical Distributism

    Distributism is a Catholic social philosophy that, as Thomas Storck writes, “seeks to subordinate economic activity to human life as a whole, to our spiritual life, our intellectual life, our family life.”

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