Finding Refreshment in a World of Endless Work

By |2019-09-02T10:09:17-05:00October 3rd, 2018|Categories: Happiness, Information Age, Josef Pieper, Labor/Work|

It only took a moment. The smartphone was somewhere in the grass, forgotten. Our hands and jeans were covered in smears of purple and green sidewalk chalk. My two-year-old daughter and I were busy drawing roads and buildings on a square of pavement—here a library, there a post office, with our house around the corner. [...]

Do Americans Really Value Hard Work?

By |2019-09-02T09:45:54-05:00September 2nd, 2018|Categories: Character, Economics, Labor/Work, Mark Malvasi, Modernity, Timeless Essays|

The tiresome cant about the work ethic notwithstanding, Americans do not celebrate, or even recognize, the dignity of labor. Although they profess to disdain both the idle rich and the idle poor, they do not at the same time esteem those who must work for a living, even as most count themselves among that number... [...]

Where Have All Our Working Men Gone?

By |2019-09-02T10:09:52-05:00August 22nd, 2017|Categories: Culture, Featured, Labor/Work, Politics, Television|

One-sixth of all men of prime working age in America are not just unemployed, but have stopped looking for jobs altogether. Why?… The US stock market continues to set new records. Unemployment continues to go down. The United States is now at or near “full employment.” According to a Bloomberg headline last year, “The [...]

Getting the Middle Ages Right: The Plight of the English Worker

By |2019-09-02T10:10:45-05:00July 23rd, 2017|Categories: Books, Christendom, Economics, England, Featured, History, Labor/Work|

There were pre-modern times when workers enjoyed broad prosperity and rights, thanks largely to the Church, which has long safeguarded and improved the state of workers and all society… In the quest for a golden age for workers, few would look beyond free markets in modern times. This position is backed up by economists [...]

The New Organization: Putting Knowledge to Work

By |2019-09-02T10:11:28-05:00February 10th, 2016|Categories: Civil Society, Labor/Work, Quotation|

Society, community, and family are all conserving institutions. They try to maintain stability and to prevent, or at least to slow, change. But the modern organization is a destabilizer. It must be organized for innovation and innovation, as the great Austro-American economist Joseph Schumpeter said, is ‘creative destruction.’ And it must be organized for [...]

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 [...]

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