Labor, Leisure, and Liberal Education

By |2019-09-02T10:44:03-05:00October 5th, 2015|Categories: Education, Featured, Great Books, Labor/Work, Timeless Essays|

(Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the opportunity to join Mortimer Adler as he examines what the word leisure really means in relation with liberal learning. —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher) Although the title of this essay is “Labor, Leisure, and Liberal Education” and although it begins and ends with a [...]

Do We Really Understand What an Economy Is?

By |2019-09-02T10:48:48-05:00September 21st, 2015|Categories: Economics, Essential, Faith, Family, Featured, Forrest McDonald, John Willson, Labor/Work, Timeless Essays|

(Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the opportunity to join John Willson as he examines an "economy" and what that really means. —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher) M. Stanton Evans once said, in defense of free markets: “It all depends on how prosperous you want to be.” Prosperity, most of us [...]

Don’t Make Me Love My Work!

By |2019-09-02T10:01:01-05:00June 18th, 2015|Categories: Capitalism, Economics, Featured, Labor/Work, Peter A. Lawler, Steve Jobs|

Silicon Valley Miya Tokumitsu writes* with incisive elegance about our altogether elitist and self-indulgent view that our experts have these days about the relationship between love and work. That view, of course, originates mainly from Silicon Valley: Your great work, which you love, is so creative and productive that it makes you fabulously rich, [...]

Good Work and Good Works

By |2019-09-02T10:13:00-05:00May 13th, 2015|Categories: C.S. Lewis, Christianity, Featured, Labor/Work, Religion, Steven Jonathan Rummelsburg|

One of C.S. Lewis’ lesser-known essays, “Good Work and Good Works” was published in the Catholic Arts Quarterly close to Christmas, 1959. Lewis’ assertions in the essay are a testimony to the prescience achieved by authors whose thought is grounded in principles of truth combined with the right use of reason. Over half-a-century ago, Lewis lamented the divorce [...]

Hesiod’s “Works and Days”

By |2019-10-16T15:48:45-05:00January 19th, 2014|Categories: Books, Classics, Greek Epic Poetry, Labor/Work, Poetry, Steven Jonathan Rummelsburg|Tags: |

The centuries ebb and flow on a cosmic tide between faithfulness and depravity as men commit their lives to a seemingly infinite range of virtuous and vicious acts. Though man tears himself away from the face of God in pursuit of idols, God never abandons His creation. The glorious age of the Ancient Greek pagans [...]

Tools: Work Done Right

By |2019-09-02T22:46:51-05:00November 14th, 2013|Categories: Books, History, John Willson, Labor/Work|

Norm Abram’s little book Measure Twice, Cut Once: Lessons from a Master Carpenter (Little, Brown, 1996) is, I was about to say, a minor classic on the building arts. But I must revise that opinion. It is a true classic, a book that fathers should read with their sons. It contains seventy-six chapters in [...]

A Truly Human Economy

By |2019-09-02T09:53:40-05:00August 6th, 2013|Categories: Books, Communio, Economics, Featured, Labor/Work, Stratford Caldecott|Tags: , |

Around the turn of the century, England lost its only Catholic college dedicated to the exploration of social thought, economics, and politics (Plater College in Oxford). It seems remarkable not only that it was allowed to close, but that it had been the only institution of its kind. In the U.S., fortunately, there are [...]

“Reflections on Shop Class as Soulcraft”: Let Us Recognize the Yeoman Aristocracy

By |2019-09-02T09:46:27-05:00March 9th, 2013|Categories: Books, C. R. Wiley, Culture, Labor/Work|

I am not a fan of Ask This Old House, the spin-off of the PBS home improvement program, This Old House. Formerly the companion series to This Old House was The New Yankee Workshop, hosted by master carpenter Norm Abram of, you guessed it, This Old House. I enjoyed The New Yankee Workshop very much, [...]

Liberal Learning: Got It! The Wipers Are Working!

By |2019-09-02T10:18:42-05:00February 28th, 2013|Categories: Christopher B. Nelson, Classics, Labor/Work, Liberal Arts, Liberal Learning, Socrates, St. John's College|

Christopher B. Nelson I have been reminiscing lately, probably a sign of my age, but I came to recall an episode in my earlier life before I returned to St. John’s College more than 20 years ago, when my second son announced: “Dad, I’m willing to talk with you about my college choices, [...]