On Liberty

Love for a thing will reform it far better than hate. I have always loved July the 4th. Our families gather for good food, we watch fireworks displays in town as well as around the nation, and I am reminded again of a unique confluence of historical events that produced this unique experiment in political... Continue Reading →

Lies and the Power of Truth

Several common experiences rise to the surface when you read the literature of political dissidents during the middle of the 20th century. These individuals lived under the heel of the Soviet Union and experienced the full force of communism. Several of them saw things clearly that we, as a society, are having a hard time... Continue Reading →

Is Common Sense on the Ropes?

Totalitarian propaganda can outrageously insult common sense only where common sense has lost its validity.Hannah Arendt In the historical record, it seems it is normal for normal people to worry they are losing their minds while totalitarians come to power. Propaganda, censorship, and the use of violence are so common, that we can scarcely read... Continue Reading →

Bonhoeffer and Loving Our Enemies

Every Christian needs to be informed of the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. A theologian and pastor, he also enters the historical record as a spy, a cultural prophet, and eventually a martyr. He pastored and led during the rise of Nazi Germany, through World War II, and lost his life in a concentration camp hours... Continue Reading →

“Live Not By Lies”

Alexander Solzhenitsyn penned an essay titled, “Live Not By Lies” in 1974, and it contains a lot of wisdom for people who feel the force of coerced opinion and speech codes in our culture today. If you don’t know about Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s life, I encourage you to familiarize yourself with him. He was a dissident... Continue Reading →

A Tale of Two Cities

With a title like this, we first think of Dicken’s novel by the same name. The cities are London and Paris during the French Revolution and follows the complications of intertwined lives between them during turbulent times. But I’m not thinking about London and Paris in the 18th century. I’m thinking about a much older... Continue Reading →

On Liberty

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…”Declaration of... Continue Reading →

Communism and Empty Souls

There is a seeming contradiction in our culture between some of the highest living standards the world has ever seen (including the poor) and the relatively high level of dissatisfaction with the economic system that got us here: Capitalism. I think there is much to ponder here. Doubtless a lot of young people have simply... Continue Reading →

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