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Not So Golden a Standard

Some of our readers probably like gold—with an ounce of gold above $1,300 what’s not to like—and talk of reviving the gold standard is going around. The U.S. has been off the gold standard since 1933. David C. Harper, editor of Numismatic News , reports sobering figures for people . . . . Continue Reading »

Afternoon Links — 9.29.10

Carson Holloway discusses Friendship in foreign policy . Samuel Gregg explains the economic necessity of humility . Diogenes describes a group of very confused Irish priests , who approve of disgruntled women skipping Sunday Mass. Matthew Archbold denounces Randall Terry for giving lessons in . . . . Continue Reading »

An Apology for Guenter Lewy

Back in 2005, the now-emeritus scholar Guenter Lewy published The Armenian Massacres in Ottoman Turkey: A Disputed Genocide , a book that argued that there wasn’t much evidence that the massacre of Armenians during World War I was caused by a deliberate Turkish plan to destroy the Armenian . . . . Continue Reading »

Now Weigel

George Weigel’s  Richard Dawkins & Co. = Paisley 2.0? is now up on “On the Square.” The title is not, as you’d guess, a compliment to the “New Atheists,” but it does offer Catholics, and to an extent other Christians, a real hope. . . . . Continue Reading »

Carter & Bottum Now, Shortly Weigel

Today, so far, two “On the Square” articles, with George Weigel’s column coming shortly. First, in Should You Trust the Monkey Mind? , Joe Carter argues against what he calls “evolutionary naturalism” because its own explanation of the origin of belief undermines its . . . . Continue Reading »

The Colorblind Canon

Lindsay Johns says that black people should be reading books by dead white men : In 2007 a home affairs select committee produced a report about young black boys in the criminal justice system, calling for the department for education and schools to consult with black community groups to make the . . . . Continue Reading »

Rules for Poets

Over the past few days, poet Thomas Sayers Ellis has posted “Ten Rules for Changing the Game of Poetry” to his Facebook profile. (The full list can be found here .) Ellis’s ten rules actually reveal a lot about the state of poetry today. Apparently it’s necessary to tell poets . . . . Continue Reading »

Disdain Fuels Those Who Feel Disdained

Does the Tea Party spell danger for the Republican party’s future? An interesting, if not quite persuasive, column by Stanley Fish: “this, I think, is the wrong conclusion and shows how far progressives will go to avoid looking directly at a phenomenon they have trouble believing . . . . Continue Reading »



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