How Development Finance Is Changing Geopolitics
By Jeff Goodson, Stratfor Worldview: “The flood of Chinese investment into international markets will force traditional development finance institutions, such as the World Bank, to rethink their approach to aid, and shape foreign affairs for years to come.”
WHY I WRITE
By EPPC Senior Fellow Mona Charen
Feminism was supposed to expand women’s choices, and in some ways it did, but by devaluing marriage, it has left many women — especially those with less education — struggling to handle all of the responsibilities of parenthood on their own. But it’s possible to reverse these trends. Read More
WHAT WE CAN LEARN ABOUT ABORTION FROM THE THAILAND CAVE DISASTER
By EPPC Senior Fellow Mona Charen
Ultrasound is like the cameras that captured images of the boys trapped in a cave in Thailand. It reveals the humanity of those inside a dark, inaccessible place. Read More
The Socialist Temptation James Kalb
Socialism never goes away. A quarter century after its collapse in Eastern Europe and Russia and the success of market-oriented reforms elsewhere, many people once again see it as the ideal. That’s true even in the Church. Not so very long ago Saint John XXIII could reaffirm the teaching of Pope Pius XI that “No Catholic […]
The American Left Makes Socialism Great Again
quoting Thomas Sowell via Liberty Nation
In a May 1948 speech, Winston Churchill had this to say about socialism: “Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy.” Years later, legendary economist Thomas Sowell had another succinct explanation of the failed philosophy: “The inherent virtue of Socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.”
Intellectual Preparation for Future War:
How Artificial Intelligence Will Change Professional Military Education
By Kevin R. James, RealClearDefense: “The history of how deterrence actually worked during the Cold War shows that any deterrence arrangement between the U.S. and North Korea will necessarily be subject to a substantial risk of catastrophic failure.
What's Next for the International Order?
The postwar international order is under unprecedented strain. Tensions are rising from within its leading members and from other countries determined to alter how the order works, such as China and Russia. Recent RAND research reveals many major findings about the international order. For example, it has generated tremendous value for America, helping advance specific U.S. interests in identifiable and sometimes measurable ways. Also, China and Russia don't seek to destroy the order so much as gain greater influence in its operation. These insights have crucial implications for the future of the international order—and how it may need to evolve. Read more »
With Log In Eye
Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick was ordained a priest in 1958 in the Archdiocese of New York. He was made an auxiliary bishop in 1977 and went on to become bishop of Metuchen, N.J., then archbishop of Newark, N.J., and finally archbishop of Washington D.C. He was made a cardinal in 2001 and retired a few […]
Assessing Al-Qaeda’s After Osama bin Laden
By Tucker Berry, Divergent Options: “A comparative analysis of al-Qaeda messaging from the Osama bin Laden-era to today demonstrates continuity. Such messaging indicates that al-Qaeda continues in the well-worn path of bin Ladenism, even with the seventh anniversary of his death, still adamantly focusing on the United States as enemy number one.”
The Political Decline of Religion in the Middle East
By Shlomo Ben-Ami, The Strategist (ASPI): "When one thinks of conflict in the Middle East, religious factors are probably among the first that come to mind. But, nowadays, competing strategic interests and imperial ambitions play a much larger role than religious or sectarian cleavages in defining regional politics."
The Greatest Miscalculation Of Angela Merkel's Career
by Josef Joffe via The Washington Post
She used to be the queen, nay, empress of Europe, but now Angela Merkel, 63, is "a chancellor on the way out," as the German magazine Der Spiegel just put it.
Angela Merkel, Teflon No Longer
Doug Bandow, Cato Institute
Sex Matters: How Modern Feminism Lost Touch with Science, Love, and Common Sense by Mona Charen
Why Be (or Continue to Be) Catholic?
Rev. James V. Schall, S.J.
On a recent book review TV interview program called Q/A, Ross Douthat, author of To Change the Church, was asked about his own beliefs. He responded quite frankly that he was a Catholic. When asked why, Douthat replied that, as far as he could see, a divine intervention did take place in this world around […]
ACTS AND USBy EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel
The book of Acts reminds us that salvation history and what we call “world history” don’t run on parallel tracks. Salvation history—the story of Israel and the story of the Church—is the inner dynamic or core of world history, whether world history recognizes that or not. Read More
HOMELANDS AND SOCIAL DOCTRINES By EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel
With John Paul II, a distinctive personal experience refined and extended the classic social doctrine tradition. John Paul was not imposing an idiosyncratic view on the world Church—which is in fact something no pope should do. Read More
EXAMPLE OF SUCCESS IN U.S. FOREIGN POLICY ACE VENTURA
PAUL RAHE: REALISM IN FOREIGN AFFAIRS, SPARTA
CONSCIENCE & TEMPORAL AUTHORITY
POSITIVE LAW vs. CONSCIENCE