by on February 20th, 2017

The life and work of Michael Novak was a witness to Christian faith and the promise of America.

by on February 8th, 2017

Lasting reform of our monetary systems require serious rethinking of the state’s role vis-à-vis money.

by on January 26th, 2017

A new book details the progressive movement’s reliance on eugenics and race science as well as its effort to exclude the disabled, blacks, immigrants, the poor, and women from full participation in American society.

by on January 19th, 2017

For Alexis de Tocqueville, American democracy’s passion for equality was a potentially fatal flaw—one that religion could help address. But what happens when religion also becomes preoccupied with equality?

by on October 25th, 2016

Supporting markets as the economic arrangements most likely to help promote human flourishing doesn’t necessarily mean you accept libertarian philosophical premises.

by on September 29th, 2016

While many Christians have undermined human liberty, a new book of essays shows just how much of our contemporary freedom we owe to the Christian church, Christian thinkers, and Christian practice rather than liberals and liberalism.

by on September 12th, 2016

Against the Age of Feelings, Joseph Ratzinger has consistently upheld the power of reason in all its fullness.

by on July 27th, 2016

In the age of Clinton and Trump, we need the principles and ideals that animated America’s first president more than ever.

by on July 20th, 2016

As economic nationalism enjoys a resurgence across the developed world, Adam Smith reminds us of how much we stand to lose—and not just economically.

by on May 17th, 2016

Christianity has never seen the pursuit of virtue as incompatible with private possession of wealth.

by on April 12th, 2016

The project of constitutional conservatism must be about more than restoring limits on government. It must also invoke the ends of the American experiment in ordered liberty if the United States is to resist the siren-calls of egalitarianism and populism.

by on April 1st, 2016

The significance of sovereign debt crises goes beyond economics. How we address these situations gives important insight into our understanding of the nature and limits of state authority.

by on March 16th, 2016

Pope Benedict XVI often ventured into venues historically hostile to the Judeo-Christian tradition. A new collection of essays discusses many of these speeches, probing the relationship of reason to religion, the West, and natural law.

by on March 7th, 2016

Cronyism in the marketplace not only damages the economy. It is also unjust and deeply corrupting of the body politic—perhaps especially of democracies.

by on January 8th, 2016

Bradley J. Birzer’s intellectual biography of the twentieth-century conservative thinker Russell Kirk highlights the complexities of the American conservative movement and its ongoing challenges.

by on December 10th, 2015

Instead of engaging in sweeping condemnations of contemporary capitalism, those concerned about the present state of Western culture should focus upon the theological and philosophical errors shaping our time.

by on November 17th, 2015

Unless Europe is willing to affirm, defend, and promote its roots, it has no future beyond a dystopia of non-judgmentalism, managed decline, and increasing religiously inspired violence.

by on October 19th, 2015

At a time when debates about economic inequality occupy significant attention in the public square, Adam MacLeod offers a fresh way forward for thinking about private property and its contribution to the common good by rooting property rights in a robust account of freedom and human flourishing.

by on August 10th, 2015

Instead of settling for damage control, now is the time for conservatives to outline a far-reaching pro-market economic reform agenda. Not only should conservatives explain how America’s economy can be changed in ways that promote lasting growth and wider prosperity, but they should also speak in moral terms, presenting a convincing normative alternative to progressivism’s social democratic vision.

by on June 23rd, 2015

The West’s struggle with high public debt highlights the inertia and indecision of both governments and citizens in the face of difficult economic choices.

by on March 12th, 2015

The way that a culture understands the nature of God shapes its conception of man, reason, and society. Though this presents enormous challenges for the Islamic world, it also has significant implications for the sustainability of Western civilization.

by on December 12th, 2014

Instead of simply reacting to modern liberalism’s advances, it’s time for conservatives to consider what their own fundamental transformation of America would look like.

by on December 1st, 2014

If we want to be coherent when addressing poverty, our concerns can’t be rooted in emotivist or relativistic accounts of who human beings are. They must be founded on recognition of each person’s freedom, rationality, and dignity.

by on October 22nd, 2014

For conservatives, a retreat into self-imposed isolation isn’t a responsible option. We need more conservatives publicly witnessing that humans are wired to know and freely choose truth, and that this has implications for the political order.

by on June 5th, 2014

The role of economic liberty in contributing to human flourishing and the common good remains deeply underappreciated, even by those who are dedicated to religious liberty.

by on April 2nd, 2014

If a society regards governmental manipulation of money as the antidote to economic challenges, a type of poison will work its way through the body politic, undermining justice and the common good.

by on March 13th, 2014

It’s important to talk about liberty, but not in isolation. Our language should reflect the truth that reason, justice, equality, and virtue make freedom possible.

by on December 11th, 2013

The association of Protestantism with capitalism, famously articulated by Max Weber and now widely accepted by many, is theologically dubious, empirically disprovable, and largely incidental. An edited excerpt from Gregg's new book, Tea Party Catholic.

by on May 24th, 2013

Natural law does not demand capitalism, but we can deduce from natural law that some institutions that are key to market economies are normally just, while practices key to socialist arrangements are usually unjust.

by on May 9th, 2013

Conservatives need to stop shying away from principled, as opposed to merely utilitarian, defenses of economic freedom and its associated institutions.

by on September 24th, 2012

Constitutional law has often been used to shape economies, but there are limits to the law’s ability to influence economic culture, especially when societal priorities no longer accord with constitutional principles.

by on July 25th, 2012

Close attention to particular decisions by European institutions and governments before and during the present economic crisis suggests that many have significantly infringed the rule of law.

by on April 26th, 2012

Despite their disagreements, conservatives and libertarians often agree on many things. Resolving their differences, however, means rejecting philosophical skepticism and taking right reason seriously.

by on December 9th, 2011

The eurozone’s current crisis is an opportunity for Europe to explore new monetary options that challenge the hitherto dominant vision of the European Union’s economic future.

by on August 24th, 2011

Candidates in the 2012 presidential race should champion two principles for reviving America’s economy: the Adam Smith principle for limiting government and the subsidiarity principle for regulating government intervention.

by on July 29th, 2011

John Locke is an illustration of how social contract theory distorts sound political reasoning.

by on June 22nd, 2011

Our current economic debates underscore the case for an approach to political economy that rejects social contract theory and embraces a robust conception of human flourishing.

by on March 11th, 2011

Public employee unions aren’t the only seekers of government largesse.

by on January 26th, 2011

An uncertain legal landscape puts future prosperity at risk.

by on December 13th, 2010

It is at our own peril that we ignore the nexus between moral convictions, the institutions in which they are realized, and our economic culture.

by on September 10th, 2010

The government’s ability to print money at will is a nearly unquestioned feature of today’s economic order, but recent crises have highlighted its hazards.

by on July 20th, 2010

In charting our future monetary policies, we should remember the trade-offs of competing alternatives.

by on June 18th, 2010

Expansive and expensive welfare programs have brought European social democracies to the verge of catastrophe. Now the dynamics of democracy may be an impediment to economic reform.

by on May 25th, 2010

The bailout of Greece is a stunning about-face that calls into question Europe’s commitment to a stable currency.

by on March 5th, 2010

Is it time to consider internationalizing or privatizing our money supply?

by on November 13th, 2009

If we are to restore confidence in free markets, we need a robust explanation of their moral value.

by on September 18th, 2009

Economists and other social scientists should take into account the integral flourishing of human beings and not just material utility. After doing so, defense of free trade becomes more—not less—important.

by on August 25th, 2009

Free trade is not only good economic policy, it is a human right that should not be restricted lightly.

by on July 28th, 2009

In the wake of the financial crisis, we need an economics with greater humility about its predictive power and an increased understanding of the complicated human beings who, when the discipline is rightly understood, lie at its center.

by on June 16th, 2009

At a moment of increased government involvement in the economy, the solution we need might be a more independent central bank.