Immigration Policy and the Influence of Immigrants on a Society

Do immigrants import their economic (and political) destiny?  And is there any correlation between a past (in some nation) that is anti-market, undemocratic, untrusting and the present state of the nations to which they have migrated in sufficient numbers?  That first sentence is the title of an article in Evonomics: The Next Evolution of Economics, by Garett Jones of the Mercatus Center.  The questions above have been debated in various ways recently and they probably underlay at least some of… Continue Reading ››

What Not to Do on November 8

Another post on the election would almost seem to be cruel.  Aren’t we all exhausted by the rhetoric over the past two (yes, two) years?  But there is something we still need to bear in mind as we go to the polls.  I was reminded of this by an article today by Yuval Levin ( in which he made the point that many of us still have an opportunity to vote for our House and Senate representatives.  We need a… Continue Reading ››

My proposed Remedy for “Safe Spaces”

One of the things that dismays me at our culture these days is the ever-increasing number of people who are easily offended.  In fact, in economic terms, I think they have a taste for offense.  It’s as if they are able to feel more self-righteous when they are offended, and hence feel better about themselves because their moral conscience can not tolerate whatever it is they are offended about. The most amazing (or perhaps saddest) thing about this is the proliferation of… Continue Reading ››

The Pleasures of Government

I just heard on DC radio here a classic example of just how unresponsive large bureaucracies can be, when there is no good reason for them to behave as they do.  In a rare feat the Washington Nationals professional baseball team has won its division (miracle!) and is now in the baseball playoffs.  Of course some of those games are here in DC and many (very many) residents here rely on the Metro (light rail system) for their transportation.  It… Continue Reading ››

Voter fraud: an economic insight into electoral cheating

“Fraud!” cried the maddened thousands, and echo answered “Fraud!” But one scornful look from Casey and the audience was awed. They saw his face grow stern and cold, they saw his muscles strain, And they knew that Casey wouldn’t let that ball go by again. Empassioned sports fans don’t like a bad call, and we all know its much easier for us to spot a bad call when it goes against our team, and it’s not just the maddened thousands… Continue Reading ››

The Real Battle

The revelation about Donald Trump’s vulgar and pretty ugly statements about women has certainly generated heated discussion.  I am not here to either defend his statements or to persuade anyone to vote for him.  I will merely state the obvious:  Christian voters find themselves in quite a quandary.  On the one hand, I am convinced we have a duty to participate in our government as God has sovereignly allowed us, including voting.  It is a part of our vocation as… Continue Reading ››

VP Debate: Kaine Reveals Left’s Knots Over Religion, Values

As a fragrant breeze, Elaine Quijano’s question wafted across what had been a pungent VP debate stage. You have both been open about the role that faith has played in your lives. Can you discuss in detail a time when you struggled to balance your personal faith and a public policy position? Tim Kaine answered first, and in doing so revealed much about himself, the American left, and our nation’s ongoing struggle to relate faith, morality, and public policy. Kaine,… Continue Reading ››

Trump’s Taxes & Election thoughts: Does he really want to be the President?

I think most of us can now certainly agree:  even if we give Mr. Trump his claim that he is the most brilliant businessman ever, and his paying low or no taxes is due to his incredible financial acumen, we cannot help but conclude either he is a particularly poor politician or he simply does not wish to win this election.  His debate performance was certainly sub-par, and his doubling down on a former Miss Universe and trying to defend… Continue Reading ››

The Limits of Politics and Virtue

Both my Bereans colleagues and the many commenters have hit upon a fundamental tension that runs beneath all the talk about whom to vote for this election.  Though they might not have realized it they have been raising the very old and very crucial question of whether a nation needs virtuous political leaders to survive and thrive in the long run, or whether it can rely primarily on its well-designed institutional arrangements to sustain it when individual leaders become unvirtuous.… Continue Reading ››

Are We Missing the Substance?

Dennis Prager has a very interesting article today in the National Review Online, entitled “Clinton Won on Nonsense, Trump Won on Substance” (  Once again, I am not commending this article because I love Donald Trump, or even because I will definitely vote for him (I have one month left to decide, as do you).  But Prager raises an important consideration about our tendency to overlook the important issues and focus on the trivial.  To be sure, Trump allowed himself… Continue Reading ››

Quote of the Week!

“For the Christian, optimism is naïve, but pessimism is atheistic.”                  –Albert Mohler