From Cold War spy novels to ’80s movies to ancient histories, the lessons of literature could teach President Obama a bit about how he’s screwing up foreign affairs.
The assumptions Ashley Stokes makes about “white privilege” expose the shibboleth as a strategy for preserving the moral (and political) high ground of the truly privileged.
The modern West may be the story of two different understandings of government and democracy: one to limit our need to resort to personal violence and the other to protect those who know how the world should be run from the violence of the masses who disagree.
Another issue on which the Raimondo administration prefers total secrecy is the Unified Health Infrastructure Project (UHIP), which is designed to rope Rhode Islanders into government benefits and which has gone way over its initial budget with no public debate and little public awareness.
If it would help to Rhode Island’s problem in order to cure it, perhaps “mercantilism” would fit, only rather than competing with other nations, the government-corporate alliance is a competition against workers and small businesses.
The Providence Journal’s fixation on race is at least creating the opportunity to understand how an ideological near-monopoly among professors and journalists creates a narrative and helps a political party (while hurting the people whom they objectify).
If Millennials have a particular connection with Pope Francis, it may have to do with their shared understanding (very possibly erroneous) that human society has moved on to a new chapter.
Pope Francis has made another statement that appears to indict capitalism as an economic system; in concert with others of his statements, he may more truly be condemning socialism (perhaps without knowing it).
Maybe labor unions accelerated the improvement of working conditions a century ago, but technology gives individual workers new leverage, and unions have become part of a retrograde approach to central planning.
Providence Journal political attacks on government outsiders come in sharp contrast to the credulity its reporters bring to an actual cabal working to manipulate the public and transform Rhode Island according to an ideological vision.
Conspicuously absent from the list of Jewish Congressional Democrats who have come out against President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran is Rhode Island’s David Cicilline, and Arthur Christopher Schaper wonders what’s taking him so long.
Matthew Bruenig offers a helpful illustration of how progressives mix ideology and equations in ways that dehumanize people for their benefit and search for power.
A discussion of the correct understanding of economics within Catholic teaching may hinge on the origin of our right to private property.
Revelations that former House Speaker Gordon Fox was the state politician who kicked of the 38 Studios game at the State House raise questions about whether current speaker Nicholas Mattiello is trying to win level two.
Cranston Mayor Allan Fung is taking heat for management missteps, but Rhode Islanders should remember what sort of peers he has on the local political scene.
Kenneth Colston traces the significance of Saint Francis and Franciscans in the works of Shakespeare, Manzoni, and Chesterton and applies them to Pope Francis.
Meaninglessness in the arts and politics serves those who hold power by undermining those who might threaten it.
Fr. Roger Landry speaks of at the 2015 Portsmouth Institute conference about being missionaries by bringing joy and meaning to everything.
A new study finds that changes in tax rates have a large effect star scientists. Rhode Island should cut taxes to attract them, but it should also learn the broader taxation lesson.
A Massachusetts doctor is pressed to bend to a hospital’s point of view on homosexuality and few take notice.
First Things editor R.R. Reno puts Pope Francis’s style of rhetoric and diplomacy in the context of the history of the Roman Catholic Church.
At the 2015 Portsmouth Institute Conference, Fr. Dwight Longenecker gives context to Pope Francis’s statement about proselytism and gives a more full explanation of true evangelization.
Fear about increasingly frequent points of terrorism across the United States is made worse by the sense that people in power and in the news media will neither protect us from it nor allow us to protect ourselves.
John Carr’s preview of Pope Francis’s message when he visits the United States this fall raises questions about the balance of the individual with the government in the eyes of the Church.
The Roman Catholic Bishop of the Providence Diocese, Thomas Tobin, stands out in America for his defense of principles articulated in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
In his keynote address on Pope Francis, Cardinal Sean O’Malley makes the author wonder whether church leaders understand how much the West needs to be evangelized, and how differently Westerners will hear the messages of the pope.
Our modern ignorance of history and lack of graciousness toward those with whom we differ is undermining our character as Americans and setting us up for dangerous times.
Mark Steyn is right about the difficulty of swimming against the tide, but these waves are false, and we need to rebuild the Constitutional and social barriers that have kept us a free and diverse nation.
As elected officials in Woonsocket battle over the budget process and the tax rate, Arthur Christopher Shaper reminds us of the dependence of city residents on welfare programs.