By Lawrence J. McQuillan | Friday May 12, 2017 at 4:18 PM PDT | Comments Off on Pope Francis’s Failure to See Entrepreneurs as Good Samaritans Undercuts the Poor
On April 25, a videotaped talk by Pope Francis was released at the international TED conference in Vancouver, Canada. The 18-minute talk, titled “Why the Only Future Worth Building Includes Everyone,” can be viewed here. Francis highlighted three themes, beginning with the observation that community is central to human existence: [L]ife flows through our...
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By Lawrence J. McQuillan | Thursday May 26, 2016 at 4:26 PM PDT | Comments Off on An 1883 Memo to Bernie, Hillary, and Donald on How to Help Ordinary People: Leave Them Alone!
In 1883, William Graham Sumner wrote a series of essays for Harper’s Weekly, which paid him $50 apiece. The excerpted essay below on “The Forgotten Man” is as relevant today as in 1883—even more so. Politicians continue to pile more burdens on ordinary people in the name of this or that professed well-intentioned cause,...
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By David J. Theroux | Saturday February 2, 2013 at 5:10 PM PDT | 36 Comments
The world-renowned philosopher Alvin C. Plantinga has recently received the prestigious Nicholas Rescher Prize for Contributions to Systematic Philosophy, awarded by the University of Pittsburgh’s Departments of Philosophy, History, and Philosophy of Science, and the Center for the History and Philosophy of Science. Plantinga is widely known for his work in the philosophy of...
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By David J. Theroux | Thursday January 12, 2012 at 12:14 AM PDT | 61 Comments
We live in a secularized world of nation states in which traditional religion, especially Christianity, is unwelcome. Rooted in the “Enlightenment,” this view supports a secularized and authoritarian public square enforced by government and that progress requires forcing religion ever backward into remote corners of society. In short, America has become a secular theocracy...
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By Carl Close | Tuesday March 22, 2011 at 9:49 AM PDT | 0 Comments
[Cross-posted in the March 22 issue of The Lighthouse, the Independent Institute’s weekly email newsletter. Sign up for your free subscription here.] We are delighted to announce the publication of the Spring 2011 issue of the Independent Institute’s peer-reviewed journal, The Independent Review, edited by Senior Fellow Robert Higgs. This issue’s articles and book...
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By Robert Higgs | Tuesday March 17, 2009 at 9:37 AM PDT | 8 Comments
Max Hartwell died at his home in England on March 14. He leaves a loving family and a legion of admirers and friends. I was blessed to know him—and to love him—for forty years. A native of Australia, Max enjoyed a long, eventful life. Born and reared in the outback of New South Wales, he...
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