07/01/1987

Despite Government Regulation, Entrepreneurs Are Rolling Back a Feudal Economic Order There are times when economists tell better stories than novelists. The story told by Hernando de Soto in El Otro Sendero: La Revolucion Informal (The Other Shining Path: The Informal Revolution) is one of these occasions. Although based in the reality of Peru, the [...]

Despite Government Regulation, Entrepreneurs Are Rolling Back a Feudal Economic Order There are times when economists tell better stories than novelists. The story told by Hernando de Soto in El Otro Sendero: La Revolucion Informal (The Other Shining Path: The Informal Revolution) is one of these occasions. Although based in the reality of Peru, the [...]

The Churches and Modern Political Violence Mr. Weigel's essay was originally delivered to a conference on "Deception and Deterrence in 'Wars of National Liberation,' State—Sponsored Terrorism, and Other Forms of Secret Warfare," sponsored by the American Bar Association. There is, in a sense, something odd about inviting a theologian (even one engaged in the public [...]

There are times when momentous events are so compressed and juxtaposed that symbolically they represent a lifetime of great issues. Such was a recent period. Squeezed into a few days was a chunk of metaphysics, significant not only as single events but in happening side by side. First, my close friend Lee Burke announced her [...]

Evangelization is an Obligation, Not an Option The melancholy tale about Maryknoll that Charlotte Hays related in a recent issue of this journal ["Lost Horizons at Maryknoll," April] had the effect of calling attention in an especially poignant way to something which all of us today are quite aware of, but which, I suspect, none [...]

Reconciliation Theology Has Made a Difference in El Salvador. It Has Yet to Be Tried in Nicaragua. EL Salvador 1980. The place and the time conjure   up a nightmare of violence: death squad killings, the martyrdom of a Catholic bishop and four churchwomen, massacres of peasants and other innocents seeking nothing more than a measure [...]

In the trinitarian life of God, "a thousand years are like yesterday, come and gone, no more than a watch in the night." [Psalm 90:41] For us, living between the revelation of God in the creation and in Christ's redemption, but before the final triumph of God's purpose in the Kingdom to come, time is [...]

The big argument among Latin America's Catholics today may be symbolized thus: Gustavo vs. Hernando. Gustavo Gutierrez is a sensitive, intelligent priest of Lima, Peru, the father of liberation theology. In his early writings (The Theology of Liberation, 1971), more than in his recent writings, Gustavo has argued that "class struggle" is a fact of [...]

During last spring's academic semester, I taught a course in Classical Political Thought. One of the texts we used in this course was Leo Strauss's On Tyranny, which is based on Xeneophon's Hiero. The classical treatments of tyranny, of course, are in Plato and Aristotle, but Xenephon is also of great value, especially in the [...]

The current issue of Critic magazine (no relation) features statements by various authors on their current projects and among the welcome news is that J. F. Powers has finished an as yet untitled new novel. I sometimes fear that a generation of Catholics has grown up without even knowing of Powers. In a way, this [...]

The final episode of Hill Street Blues, which aired on May 12, was a surprise because it contained nothing particularly surprising. In concluding this series that so often tried to zing the viewer with violent deaths of cast regulars, with black comedy, with (hints of) kinky sex, and with startling character revelations, the staff writers [...]

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