HealthCare, the Body Politic, and Shame

From First Thoughts

So I know I promised that my last post on healthcare would be my final word but apparently I don’t have that kind of discipline. Over at Critical Condition , the healthcare blog at NRO, I have a few more pithy words on the subject. Still trying to construct an account of the public . . . . Continue Reading »

More Yuval on Healthcare

From First Thoughts

Yuval Levin continues to be the leading conservative commentator on all things related to healthcare. Here he explains that the inevitability of a systemic overhaul (meaning nationalization) of our healthcare industry has been frustrated by the actual concerns of voting citizens and the heavy . . . . Continue Reading »

Health Care and Technocracy

From First Thoughts

Yuval Levin has been among the best, maybe the best, conservative critics of ObamaCare and provides us with a brief and incisive  commentary (with James Capretta) of our current administration’s true designs. Leaving aside all the gory details for a minute regarding the merits of his . . . . Continue Reading »

Pope Benedict XVI and Technology

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Another excerpt from Caritas in Veritate :   The challenge of development today is closely linked to technological progress , with its astounding applications in the field of biology. Technology — it is worth emphasizing — is a profoundly human reality, linked to the autonomy and . . . . Continue Reading »

Our Postmodern Pope on Globalization

From First Thoughts

The following is another exerpt from Caritas in Veritate : Sometimes globalization is viewed in fatalistic terms, as if the dynamics involved were the product of anonymous impersonal forces or structures independent of the human will. In this regard it is useful to remember that while globalization . . . . Continue Reading »

Porcher Localism, Part II

From First Thoughts

So my friend Carl Scott sent me an email asking if he could contribute a reflection on the Porcher-Pomo debate that is a bit long for a normal comment on the thread below. I usually wouldn’t do this but it’s so good—especially when it criticizes ME—that . . . . Continue Reading »

Eros, Tradition, and the University

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The latest issue of Society is out and I have a review essay in it of Barry Bercier’s provocative The Skies of Babylon: Diversity, Nihilism, and the American University.   Below is a brief excerpt of my contribution to the issue: At the very end of The Closing of the American Mind, Bloom . . . . Continue Reading »