All posts by Jeff Haymond

Why should the process of justice be impartial? A response to Jonathan

Jonathan asked a good question in response to our VLOG this past week, and I think it merits a separate response to spell it out.  For those that did not watch the video, I basically argued that Christians should be concerned when the pursuit of justice is guided by politics, rather than justice being blind, i.e., impartial.  In the discussion, I suggested that the prosecution of both Mr. Manafort and Mr. Flynn were political in nature, and that others committing… Continue Reading ››

Gay Marriage in Australia, Socialism, and the hubris of our day

One thing about modern man, he (and she) want to be modern and pursuing the latest and greatest fashion.  This is, of course, nothing very modern at all.  Luke recorded the same phenomenon almost 2000 years ago, in his discussion of the Apostle Paul at Mars Hill, where he editorialized: (Now all the Athenians and the strangers visiting there used to spend their time in nothing other than telling or hearing something new.) Some of my friends have to have the… Continue Reading ››

Paradise Papers proves that cutting taxes will have “dynamic” effects

One of the central debates on the Republican tax reform proposals is how much their plan will “cost” the government.  This begs the question as to why not taking as much of people’s money as you previously intended to take is considered a cost, but we’ll leave that aside.  Republicans argue that any tax proposal ought to scored dynamically, that is, to model how the tax changes will affect individual and firm behavior.  They argue that improvements in the tax system will… Continue Reading ››

Mr. Trump and the Swamp. Over at the EPA, its a draw.

In his campaign, Mr. Trump said we were going to be so successful that we would get tired of winning.  Count me as not yet weary.   Over the last few weeks, there were two big stories with EPA which are worth highlighting.  In general, Mr. Trump has gone with a full scale assault on the EPA’s swamp.  While many uncritically accept government as acting on the best interests of the people, more attentive citizens are aware that bureaucracies are not… Continue Reading ››

Follow up on Jonathan’s post on NFL protests

Last week’s VLOG engendered reaction from Jonathan, which I’d like to address at least briefly.  Since the original post is now likely not being read, its only fair to start a new thread.  So here are his questions, and my responses below. 1) Most of the panel expressed concern about the method or strategy to the current NFL protest. Dr. Haymond went so far as to say that protests which intend to cause observers to become uncomfortable or offended are inappropriate. Historically, civil rights protests… Continue Reading ››

Celebrating Martin Luther and lessons for today’s Christian Political Economy

Whatever your brand of protestant faith, I think that in this coming month of October–in a very important sense–we are all Lutherans: here we stand.  The monk from Wittenberg was the spark that roared to an unquenchable fire, hitting the dry wood of people yearning for the true word of God.  As Michael Reeves says, The Reformation was not principally a negative movement about moving away from Rome and its corruption; it was a positive movement, about moving toward the… Continue Reading ››

Yes, repeating something true to intentionally deceive is a lie. The case of the (missing) gender pay gap

Saying something with an intent to deceive is hard not to call a lie.  Now perhaps we can forgive politicians (or the rest of us) who pick up too quickly an idea that we hear about without fully understanding its validity.  But if challenged on it, we should be willing to adjust our perspective when confronted with our error, if there is no doubt of the error.  But that’s not the approach of the progressive left.  Hillary Clinton and Bernie… Continue Reading ››

Culture wars and transgender-ism are inescapable

In The Fellowship Of The Ring, Frodo “wished the ring had never come to me,” to which Gandalf responded, “So do I, and so do all who live to see such times.  But that is not for them to decide.  All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.”  So it is with many of us who approach conflicts.  We wish they weren’t there, or they would stop.  In the words of Rodney King,… Continue Reading ››

What to do about JP Morgan’s funding of the Southern Poverty Law Center?

The broader Christian community continues to struggle with how to engage the culture in the ongoing sexual revolution–how do we hate the sin and love the sinner?  There seems to be a consensus that what was done in the past was at a minimum strategically ineffective, and that a new path forward must be forged.  But what that specifically looks like is difficult to identify at the social level. Yes, as individuals we are more likely to be able to… Continue Reading ››

Weeping for Charlottesville

One of the practical applications of the Christian walk is found in Romans 12:15, “Rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep.”  Today there is a family weeping for the loss of their daughter, a victim of the manifestation of one person’s hatred toward others.  It is, of course, easy to simply condemn the white supremacists who organized the protest, and indeed we should.  Thinking that one race is elevated, or that another is below other races… Continue Reading ››