Race: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the 2014 election. Its 3-day remaining mission: to explore crazy new assertions, to seek out whether there’s any life left in the Democratic base, to boldly go where no blog has gone before.

Probably not the smartest idea to blog on the subject of race in a way that plays off Star Trek; after all, its a very serious issue and worthy of substantive discussion and debate.  Unfortunately you won’t be getting any of that in the next few days in the media, and you certainly haven’t in the last week or so.  So what’s going on? The obvious answer is the correct one:  this is going to be a very close election, and… Continue Reading ››

Dehumanizing and (“UnGoding”) the Humanities

I read this in an article on the present state of the humanities by Heather MacDonald.  It is a quote from an unknown humanities work: “Total presence breaks on the univocal predication of the exterior absolute the absolute existent (of that of which it is not possible to univocally predicate an outside, while the equivocal predication of the outside of the absolute exterior is possible of that of which the reality so predicated is not the reality. . . .… Continue Reading ››

Tiny Houses and Tiny Government

Have you heard about the “Tiny House” movement?  Many probably haven’t, though some may have lived in tiny houses growing up (that was “accidental” unlike this movement).  This movement however is a conscious attempt to provide affordable housing in cities where housing is all but unaffordable except for the well-off.  As you might expect, some big cities, like Washington, DC, have a large demand for housing—especially given the ever-expanding job opportunities for government bureaucrats and lobbyists.  But as demand has… Continue Reading ››

Weight and See Who Runs for President

As one who tries to keep up with events, but still seeks perspective, I feel tugged between extremes. An overdose of current affairs leads to despair because the fog of news hides the sunshine of hope. Living in the clouds, however, detached from what is actually happening, is a path to obsolescence. So, I too frequently drift from the tyranny of “things are awful” toward the bliss of “things will be fine.” Well, a news story just out forces me, at… Continue Reading ››

A “Sider” Sandwich

I was sitting in my office yesterday struggling to stay awake while I prepared a class on international balance of payments. I glanced over at my bookcase and saw this “Sider” sandwich. Ron Sider’s 1977 classic title: Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger (this particular copy is the 1984 second edition) was wedged in between two copies of the Independent Review. I thought “what an apt illustration for one error we frequently encounter when interpreting the Bible.” The error… Continue Reading ››

A Time for Choosing

Fifty years ago today, Ronald Reagan delivered one of his most memorable speeches, “A Time for Choosing.” In the speech, Reagan is stumping for beleaguered Republican presidential candidate Barry Goldwater, who was about to undergo a thorough beating at the hands of Democrat Lyndon Johnson and his Great Society. Steve Hayward, currently the Reagan Professor of Public Policy at Pepperdine University, and author of a two-volume narrative history of Reagan and his presidency, recently penned an opinion piece on the… Continue Reading ››

Mr. Rattner’s “Modest” Proposal

In a recent New York Times article, Stephen Rattner made the rather remarkable argument, when boiled down,  that two pending Federal cases brought by corporations and shareholders affected by the 2008 bailout, intended ostensibly to address the 2008 recession, ought to be decided on the basis of the litigants wealth, not by the normal rule of law standard.  Let’s look at the facts, keeping in mind that there are currently laws that do actually prescribe procedures for dealing with situations… Continue Reading ››

My Perspective on the Culture Wars

On October 16 my esteemed colleague at Bereans at the Gate, Mark Caleb Smith (a.k.a. Doc Bow-tie) posted on his battle against culture wars. He doesn’t want to engage in culture wars as much as “fight against those who wish to fight them”. I am in substantial agreement with Dr. Smith’s comments on this issue. I would like to spend a few moments discussing not so much “cultural wars” themselves as the use of military metaphors by the church today. I… Continue Reading ››

Bereans on the Road!

As if our mere presence on-line were not ridiculous enough, we are taking our act on the road. Last week, a contingent of Bereans invaded the friendly spaces of Brantwood Baptist Church in Dayton, Ohio. We were warmly welcomed by Pastor James Risner and his flock. We enjoyed a good time of discussion. Topics ranged from poverty to gay marriage to Dr. Clauson’s shocking neckwear–a tie was spotted. (For those not in the know, outside Dr. Clauson’s office is a… Continue Reading ››

Ebola or CDC: Which is the Worse Problem?

Ebola, CDC and bureaucracy By now we all know about the Ebola virus and about the Americans who have contracted it.  What has until recently not been well-known is the behind-the-scenes role of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).  And the bigger story of the CDC is its representative role of large bureaucratic agencies in general and their pathologies. First, the CDC has downplayed the Ebola situation from the start, arguing that it does not pose a significant threat, that… Continue Reading ››