Michael Bauman

The Theology of Bureaucracy

By |2016-07-06T16:13:44-05:00July 25th, 2013|Categories: Government|Tags: |

What is a case? A case is never a real person. A case is a series of characteristics abstracted from persons; it is a model of those characteristics that a potential client must display in order to qualify for the attention of a bureaucracy. —Ralph P. Hummel, The Bureaucratic Experience By the time this ambulance [...]

The Imaginative Conjurors: The Turkish Delight of Beauty

By |2014-01-21T11:10:42-05:00May 16th, 2013|Categories: Beauty, Politics, Theology|Tags: |

Not long after Bob Dylan’s conversion, I heard him give a radio interview. For obvious reasons, I always considered him a tough challenge in such settings. He can be moody, unpredictable, combative, and cryptic. In this discussion, he was true to form. That, and Dylan continually strummed his guitar in the background, muffling both [...]

Strike Three: You’re Out-The Economic Reality behind Unions and their Job Actions

By |2016-07-26T15:37:32-05:00April 17th, 2013|Categories: Economics|Tags: , , |

“Any damn fool can pull a strike. It takes commonsense to avert one.”–Joseph Frederick “As in other warfare, victory in a strike is to the strong, not the just; and often noncombatants suffer most.”–W. H. Hutt Strike One When a strike happens, almost everyone loses, whether businesses, or consumers, or workers. […]

Poetry: Stars Through the Clouds

By |2015-10-26T09:47:34-05:00April 13th, 2013|Categories: Books, Poetry|Tags: , |

Stars Through the Clouds, by Donald T. Williams  In the preface to his long historical poem Old King Coel, Adam Fox, former Oxford Professor of Poetry, former Canon of Westminster Abbey, and former Inkling, wrote that in it he had  “used verse and rhyme in a traditional way, since the experimentalists do not seem to [...]

Begin Here: Civility or Equality?

By |2014-01-16T12:59:47-05:00March 20th, 2013|Categories: Civil Society, Culture, Equality|Tags: |

“The thing that is in danger is the whole structure of society, and it is necessary to persuade thinking men and women of the vital and intimate connection between the structure of society and the theological doctrines of Christianity.”–Dorothy L. Sayers, “Creed or Chaos?” “But what is a practical joke in a world of [...]

The Chronicle of an Undeception: Freedom and Order

By |2018-12-21T14:21:37-05:00February 27th, 2013|Categories: Christianity, Conservatism, Faith, Moral Imagination, Ordered Liberty|Tags: |

  Michael Bauman The central myth of the sixties was that [its] wretched excess was really a serious quest for new values.–George Will I. The Tragic Vision of Life I confess to believing at one time or another nearly all the pervasive and persistent fantasies of the sixties. In the words of Joni Mitchell's [...]

Communism and Western Intellectuals

By |2019-07-02T17:07:13-05:00February 12th, 2013|Categories: Christianity, Communism|Tags: |

When debating communism, I often encounter those who do not know exactly what it is. My answer is the one known by millions and millions: arrest, purge, gulag, and death. That’s communism. But the knowledge of communism gained by those who live under it (that is, those whom communism has not murdered) is vastly [...]