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    December 11, 2013

    Why Crisis Magazine?

    by John M. Vella

    Crisis Magazine began in 1982 as a response to the crisis of faith in the Catholic Church and soon broadened it’s purview to include the crisis to faith in the public square. While signs of hope have been observed in…

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    December 9, 2013

    The Future of Crisis Magazine

    by Charlie McKinney

     A dangerously unstable time that may soon bring about a bad outcome. This is likely the definition Ralph McInerny and Michael Novak had in mind when they established Crisis Magazine in 1982.  For decades they helped Catholics like you and…

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    December 3, 2013

    Some Economic Applications of Evangelii Gaudium

    by Wendy P. Warcholik

    I am a Catholic and it is the very intellectual foundations of the Catholic Church that drew me back to my faith. I grew up admiring Pope John Paul II’s battle against communism—a battle that we now know he played…

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    October 15, 2013

    Distinguishing the Wealthy from the Worldly

    by Rachel Lu

    Our Lord never despised the rich. Throughout his life, he moved among different classes of people with authority and ease. He converses with poor fishermen, but also with the scholars in the temple. He heals blind beggars, but also responds…

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    July 9, 2013

    The Virtuous Rich

    by Rachel Lu

    If anyone out there should happen to have a small fortune to dispose of, I would urge them to consider entrusting it to the Lu family. As philosophers, my husband and I can debate almost anything, but on this we…

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    March 25, 2013

    Faith and the Employer

    by Bruce Frohnen

    The diocese of Lansing, where I currently attend mass, is a pretty good one, as such things go in the contemporary United States.  Our parish has a very good priest and I’m confident we won’t soon be joining in on…

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    October 16, 2012

    “Talibans of Austerity”

    by Theodore Dalrymple

    A sentence in the French newspaper Le Monde recently caught my eye: Il y aura toujours des talibans de l’austérité, there will always be the Talibans of austerity. It was uttered by the economist Jean Pisani-Ferry in an interview in…

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    September 24, 2012

    Eat the Rich Now, Starve Later

    by Theodore Dalrymple

    There is one group that is not protected from hate-speech: the rich. For the rich it is permissible, and in some circles de rigueur, to speak disparagingly or hatefully. This, I imagine, is because it is widely supposed that if…

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    August 6, 2012

    Obama’s Assault on Entrepreneurship: An Economic Roadmap to Nowhere

    by Ismael Hernandez

    A proper examination of President Obama’s assertions about entrepreneurs requires a close consideration of the underlying moral claims they contain. But first it should be conceded to the President that much of the infrastructure that facilitates business is created by…

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    July 11, 2012

    The Economy of Communion in Africa

    by David W. Lutz

    Africa is a continent of great spiritual and cultural wealth, but also of great material poverty. The way forward for African economies is not aid and development assistance, but prudent business management that enables African workers to attain higher levels…

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    June 12, 2012

    Help Us Keep It Going

    by William Fahey

    $5,000. That’s all we need to raise each month to sustain and fully operate Crisis magazine. Jaws drop when I speak of how much Crisis accomplishes with so little. While our own self-imposed austerity measures allow us to run Crisis…

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    May 30, 2012

    Corporate Personhood and 14th Amendment Rights

    by Thomas Storck

    This article originally appeared on Ethika Politika One of the demands made by the Occupy Wall Street movement has been the ending of the legal fiction of personhood for business corporations.  This desire on the part of the Occupy movement is…

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    April 27, 2012

    Investment and the Common Good

    by Christopher O. Blum

    It is now twenty years since the publication of Centesimus Annus, yet only halting steps have been made towards an adequate reception of it. In his concluding remarks to that great encyclical, the Holy Father warned that the Church’s social…

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    March 13, 2012

    The Age of the Laity…or the Latte?

    by William Fahey

    So what will it be? A grande Latte… or Western Civilization? A scone with that… or the meat of doctrine? An extra shot of espresso… or the survival of families? A Moccachino… or the Mystical Body of Christ? Today, the…

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    February 21, 2012

    Beating the Competition

    by Carolyn Moynihan

    Business leaders are blaming the education system for the loss of jobs offshore. But aren’t they forgetting that other institution that turns out good workers?

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    February 9, 2012

    Economics: The Cheerful Science

    by Mark W. Hendrickson

    Chances are, you’ve heard economics referred to as “the dismal science.” That unflattering description is glib and catchy; it is also 100 percent wrong. Let me set the record straight and explain why economics—far from being dismal—is cause for hope,…

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    February 9, 2012

    The Population Bomb, Still Fizzling

    by Marcus Roberts

    A new report was released on Monday by the UN’s high level panel on global sustainability. Unsurprising its conclusion is that the world’s current economic , environmental and demographic trajectory is wildly unsustainable.  According to the UN estimates, as reported…

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