David Deavel

David Deavel

About David Deavel

David Deavel is Senior Contributor at The Imaginative Conservative, editor of Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture, and Visiting Professor at the University of St. Thomas (Minnesota). He holds a PhD in theology from Fordham and is a winner of the Acton Institute’s Novak Award. His book, Beyond the Soul and Barbed Wire: The Continuing Legacy of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and Russian Voices in American Culture, co-edited with Jessica Hooten Wilson, is forthcoming from Notre Dame Press. Besides his academic publications, Dr. Deavel's writing has appeared in many journals, including Catholic World Report, First Things, National Review, and the Wall Street Journal.

Some Vagaries and Evagaries of Avarice

By |2019-11-06T22:25:47-06:00November 6th, 2019|Categories: American Republic, David Deavel, Economics, Ethics, Morality, Senior Contributors, Virtue|

Avarice brings to mind the image of a hoarder—one who simply wants things for himself. However, while wanting more of something is certainly one side of avarice, it might not be the most important side. The image that always comes to mind for me when thinking about the vice of greed, or avarice, is [...]

Is Capitalism Intrinsically Woke?

By |2019-10-28T00:01:51-06:00October 27th, 2019|Categories: American Republic, Capitalism, David Deavel, Distributism, Economics, Senior Contributors|

Is capitalism itself intrinsically “woke”? In “The Distributist” column in the latest issue of the American Chesterton Society’s magazine, Gilbert (for which I am a contributing editor), John Howting argues that “ ‘Woke Capitalism’ is Capitalism.”[1] It’s a rather odd claim since “capitalists” are often accused of wanting “unfettered markets” in which the only [...]

How to Defeat Drag Queen Story Hour & Other Dangers at Your Local Library

By |2019-10-23T22:17:40-06:00October 23rd, 2019|Categories: Culture, Culture War, David Deavel, Modernity, Senior Contributors|

Drag Queen story hour is actually not the worst part about public libraries these days. The worst part is that these days you can’t actually take your kids to the library and simply let them check out books on their own. So what to do? The intra-conservative battle over liberal institutions and their relation [...]

Saint John Henry Newman, Sacramental Economist

By |2019-11-08T15:26:00-06:00October 12th, 2019|Categories: Catholicism, Christianity, David Deavel, Economics, Senior Contributors, St. John Henry Newman, Virtue|

John Henry Newman wished people to flee from the love of money, but he didn’t wish them to stop making it. He wished them to flee similarly from love of erudition for its own sake, but he didn’t want them to stop loving the Lord with mind as well as heart, soul, and strength. [...]

Matthew Peterson’s Not-So-Modest Proposal on Student Debt

By |2019-10-07T23:25:08-06:00October 6th, 2019|Categories: David Deavel, Economics, Education, Politics, Senior Contributors|

Everybody agrees student loan debt is a large problem. In the United States approximately $1.5 trillion is currently owed by around 45 million people at an average of over $32,000 per borrower. While relatively few borrowers owe more than $75,000, that relatively few includes over 4 million people. Another 24 million borrowers owe more [...]

How Much Exactly Do I Have to Render Unto Caesar?

By |2019-09-30T02:13:44-06:00September 29th, 2019|Categories: American Republic, Christian Living, Christianity, David Deavel, Economics, Senior Contributors, Taxes|

While there is a good deal of cant about how paying higher taxes is “patriotic,” most people instinctively recoil from taxes and don’t hesitate to avoid paying any more than they have to. So, is taxation moral? Or is it, as some libertarian thinkers would have it, simply “theft”? How much ought I to [...]

Sacrificial Love and Heroic Prudence

By |2019-09-15T22:05:14-06:00September 15th, 2019|Categories: American Republic, Character, David Deavel, Economics, Morality, Senior Contributors, Virtue|

Prudence takes into account a deeper wisdom about the human condition than can be gleaned from a simple cost-benefit analysis. It understands that human communities are not merely about justice and the Gross Domestic Product, but about love. And sacrificial love doesn’t hesitate to rush in even against the worst odds. Last week I [...]

Rich Mullins: Chestertonian Troubadour

By |2019-09-06T16:58:25-06:00September 6th, 2019|Categories: Catholicism, Culture, David Deavel, Music, Senior Contributors|

I was a casual fan of his, but had always enjoyed his music. It seemed different from most other Christian Contemporary Music (CCM) that I had heard. It was somehow more real than the standard imitation-rock bands that were and are popular. It was often acoustic and had elements of Irish music, including the [...]

Business Is a Many Splendored Thing

By |2019-09-02T10:20:27-06:00August 27th, 2019|Categories: American Republic, David Deavel, Economics, Labor/Work, Senior Contributors|

In order to avoid socialism, we need to embrace a true vision of what business is for; CEOs and shareholders should be thinking about their businesses as having deeper, human ends. While businesses aren’t charities, they require justice and charity in those who own and direct them. A couple years ago at a conference [...]

Fire Extinguishers at the Economic and Environmental Flood

By |2019-08-20T22:49:54-06:00August 20th, 2019|Categories: American Republic, David Deavel, Economics, Environmentalism, Modernity|

The real problem in the modern world is not that there are too many babies, but too few. In the end, both economics and environmentalism depend upon people. Money and the earth are made for man, and not man for money and the earth. The fashionable mindset among celebrities, royals, and too many ordinary [...]