The Glorious Inefficiency of Local Bookstores

By |2018-07-02T23:34:06-05:00November 16th, 2017|Categories: Books, Christianity, Community, Culture, Featured, Technology|

The point of going to the bookstore is to experience its glorious inefficiency, its Romantic signaling of something transcendent, its countercultural cultivation of quietude and dignity… Our family lives in the kind of town most people only see in fiction: an archetypal, small, Midwestern town of picket fences and blocks of mostly modest bungalows. [...]

What Has Facebook Done to Political Discourse?

By |2018-03-15T16:59:13-05:00September 26th, 2017|Categories: Culture, Featured, Information Age, Politics, Technology|

When Facebook came on the scene, I immediately saw this new online forum as a platform from which to express my opinion about current events like I did as a newspaper editorialist. It was all just so easy and convenient. Except for one thing… For about a decade before joining Facebook, I wrote weekly [...]

From Myths to Fact and Back Again

By |2019-03-28T11:44:20-05:00August 13th, 2017|Categories: Civilization, Featured, Ideology, Information Age, Myth, Politics, Social Order, Technology|

A democratic society requires an informed base of voters making political judgments on the basis of commonly accepted information. When reliable authorities no longer hold sway, unscrupulous authoritarians can step in to fill the void… “We have a risk of getting to a place where we don’t have shared public facts. A republic will [...]

How Should Classical Schools Teach STEM?

By |2018-10-23T13:06:18-05:00June 23rd, 2017|Categories: Classical Education, Classical Learning, Common Core Curriculum, Education, Liberal Learning, Mathematics, Science, Technology|

Trying to put science in a classical paradigm is putting new wine into old wineskins. Modern science just does not easily fit into a classical paradigm… STEM, or science, technology, engineering, and math, is the newest acronym for what is considered a great education, and it often leads to a satisfying and financially rewarding [...]

How to Conquer the “Fear of Missing Out”

By |2018-12-26T15:05:23-05:00June 6th, 2017|Categories: Christianity, Culture, Faith, John Horvat, Science, Technology|

Those who don’t want to miss out on an “urgent” text message or email must reorient their desires toward those spiritual goods found in the good, true, and beautiful… Everyone has seen it happen. Suddenly, in the middle of a conversation at an event, a person feels compelled to answer an “urgent” message, frequently [...]

The Blessings of Capitalism

By |2019-03-26T17:19:36-05:00June 2nd, 2017|Categories: Aristotle, Brian Domitrovic, Capitalism, Democracy, Economics, Science, Technology, Virtue|

Capitalism offers us outstanding new ways to be good. As a civilization, we should concentrate on taking advantage of these remarkable opportunities rather than entertaining idle suggestions, born of intellectual confusion if not sloth and envy, that the great boon of capitalistic plenty is undesirable or an illusion… Around the year 1885, the American [...]

Three Reasons To Do an Internet Detox

By |2019-01-15T15:44:33-05:00April 25th, 2017|Categories: Christianity, Faith, Information Age, John Horvat, Technology|

The important thing is to control technology since it becomes abusive when it starts controlling us. Thus, if email overload is causing concern, it is time to implement some version of detox. There is life beyond the Internet…. On January 1, 2017, I made a New Year’s resolution to make my Sundays Internet free. [...]

Our Post-Truth Society: Dooming Democracy?

By |2017-07-01T09:47:57-05:00April 10th, 2017|Categories: Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America, Donald Trump, Featured, Politics, Presidency, St. John's College, Technology, Truth|

In the post-truth society, your facts are not my facts, and lies by political figures are greeted with indifference. Judged by past standards, citizens of a post-truth society have no real experience and no capacity for critical thinking… We Americans have virtually no interest in history; for us, the past pales in comparison with [...]

Must Digital Technology Make Enemies of Us All?

By |2019-04-23T16:06:12-05:00March 7th, 2017|Categories: Christopher Morrissey, Culture, Featured, Film, Information Age, Technology, William F. Buckley Jr.|

Given the choice, people would rather watch flat-out conflict and crosstalk rather than a more plodding format of elevated discourse and sober deliberation… The documentary film Best of Enemies (2015) is not just a compelling chronicle and contextualization of the famous 1968 television debates between William F. Buckley, Jr., and Gore Vidal. As the [...]

Being Human in a Digital Age of Light & Darkness

By |2018-10-29T16:52:34-05:00February 18th, 2017|Categories: Christopher Morrissey, Culture, Donald Trump, Featured, Technology|

For anyone to hold “the media” in contempt—for example, over “fake news”—is nothing but a bizarre form of self-loathing… In this digital age of polarized politics, where can we look for guidance on how to turn down the heat? After all, we don’t want to blow ourselves up. Fortunately, although the imperative to use [...]

How Modernity Diminishes the Human Person

By |2019-03-19T11:10:48-05:00January 29th, 2017|Categories: Adam Smith, Alexis de Tocqueville, Apple, Capitalism, Community, Democracy, Democracy in America, Featured, St. John's College, Technology|

Because of the strong secular faith instilled in us by education, most of us trust that science and technology, democracy, and capitalism, the three legs of Modernity, can bring about only good ends and fail to see that these three triumphs of humankind can diminish the human person… With the publication of the book [...]