Zoom, the Pandemic, & the Death of Sacred Spaces

By |2021-04-15T12:32:24-05:00April 18th, 2021|Categories: Community, Coronavirus, Culture, Education, Science, Technology|

When the pandemic separated us from our sacred spaces like the church or other communal places, Zoom promised connection. However, Zoom—as a medium of education and relationship—prevents us from truly connecting because of technology’s nature to divide, distract, and isolate. But when it came to the subject of letters, Theuth said, ‘But this study, King [...]

Choosing What We Really Want

By |2021-03-17T14:33:52-05:00March 17th, 2021|Categories: Coronavirus, David Deavel, Family, Senior Contributors|

The pursuit of women’s equality and happiness is often assumed to be closely tied to choosing work. But would it really be so bad if many mothers—who have the financial means—decide to work part-time or stay home with their children full-time once the COVID restrictions are lifted? One of the details of George Weigel’s biography [...]

The Strange Gospel of Masking and Public Policy

By |2021-03-09T15:54:46-06:00March 9th, 2021|Categories: Coronavirus, David Deavel, Politics, Science, Senior Contributors|

The lesson of the great masking crusade is important. We need to admit now that forcing unproven, divisive, and ultimately fruitless policies on the population has been a mistake. Universal mask mandates have not made a difference in fighting COVID. Rather, they have divided our country, provided a surplus of garbage, and caused some dental [...]

Some Covidious Thoughts for the New Year

By |2020-12-31T11:27:57-06:00January 1st, 2021|Categories: Coronavirus, Joseph Pearce, Senior Contributors|

As we begin this covidious New Year, we should ponder certain questions with great care: Is “staying safe” really so important that we embrace slavery? If it is really a choice between safety or serfdom, which should we choose? Generally speaking, I have avoided commenting publicly on the current pandemic and the political and cultural [...]

Conservative Skepticism and the Pandemic

By |2020-12-29T20:06:20-06:00December 29th, 2020|Categories: American Republic, Coronavirus, David Deavel, Economics, Politics, Senior Contributors, Timeless Essays|

Conservatives tend to be skeptical about the doom-and-gloom scenarios that are being presented as absolute certainties unless the country as a whole is essentially shut down for months. Many have called us “deniers” or accused us of valuing money over human life. But I believe that this skepticism is both eminently reasonable and will prove [...]

Coronavirus and Science Fiction: Dying With Drama

By |2020-12-18T16:20:56-06:00December 18th, 2020|Categories: Bradley J. Birzer, Coronavirus, Death, Literature, Senior Contributors|

In the year 793, Catholic monks made the following report, all of it disturbing: In this dire year portents appeared over Northumbria and sorely frightened the people. They consisted of immense whirlwinds and flashes of lightning, and fiery dragons were seen flying in the air. A great famine immediately followed those signs, and a little [...]

Keeping the Holiday Spirit Alive Is Up to Us

By |2020-12-03T12:57:55-06:00December 3rd, 2020|Categories: Christmas, Community, Coronavirus|

Most of us know family members or friends who are depressed or saddened by this pandemic. Add to this scenario the usual holiday blues, and we have a mental health disaster in the making. We can help fight against it by spreading goodwill in whatever way we can. Not everyone has a Hallmark Christmas. WebMD’s [...]

Don’t Overwater the Pods

By |2020-11-06T15:26:09-06:00November 12th, 2020|Categories: Coronavirus, Education, Liberal Learning|

Ad hoc arrangements like “pandemic pods” have proven to be important for many children and their families this school year. Policies that push back against bullying public school systems and teacher unions are important, but for educational choice to truly become a feature of America’s K-12 educational landscape—and not a novelty—requires not only political encouragement, [...]

The Age of the Mask

By |2020-10-16T11:38:24-05:00October 18th, 2020|Categories: Coronavirus, Culture, Humor, Modernity|

During this “age of the mask,” are we on the verge of becoming a people who ritualistically carry masks with us wherever we go? Will it perhaps become generally understood that the wise person always keeps two masks with him at all times? Now that we have seemingly settled into the “age of the mask,” [...]

Properly Political Scientists: The Great Barrington Declaration

By |2020-10-13T12:57:24-05:00October 14th, 2020|Categories: Coronavirus, David Deavel, Economics, Politics, Science, Senior Contributors|

Science does not give us all the answers. When it comes to forming policy, there are no technocratic answers. The Great Barrington Declaration is a sensible statement by a group of scientists daring to stand against the “consensus” of experts. It is based not merely on science but on prudent thought based on a broader [...]

Life Is Risky Business

By |2020-09-14T15:04:08-05:00September 14th, 2020|Categories: Civil Society, Coronavirus, David Deavel, Freedom|

Life entails taking risks. The failure to see that seems to be behind the readiness of so many adults in our society to accept what seem to me to be criminal limitations on our economic and social freedoms in the name of security. If there is anything I do not wish to write about anymore, [...]

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