Join the Debate ArchivesJohn Horvat II, the author of Return to Order, regularly updates this site with insights about the cause and solution for our economic crisis. He invites you to share your insights too. Please join the discussion. Mr. Horvat is committed to make a serious effort to answer posts, schedule permitting.

ISSUE BEING DISCUSSED FOR Monday, February 4th, 2013

Fast Food – Industrialized Eating?

Has fast food, as some claim, “industrialized” eating?

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ISSUE BEING DISCUSSED FOR Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

What an Organic Christian Society is NOT

What do you think of when you hear “organic Christian Society?”

 

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ISSUE BEING DISCUSSED FOR Monday, January 21st, 2013

Frenetic Intemperance

Can you suggest more ways to avoid frenetic intemperance?
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ISSUE BEING DISCUSSED FOR Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

Alone Together?

Author Sherry Turkle claims that the overuse of communication technology isolates individuals making them “alone together.” Do you think this is true? Are there any ways in which modern social media can help relationships?

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ISSUE BEING DISCUSSED FOR Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

The Paradox of Choice

Some people celebrate the “unlimited” choices open to them at a Wal-Mart, for example, despite the evident impossibility of exercising even a fraction of these options.

The questions this week: Does such “unlimited” choice maximize satisfaction? What is the true criteria for product satisfaction? Do you often find yourselves unsatisfied with today’s “unlimited” choices?” Can “unlimited” choice lead to unrealistic expectations and frustration?

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ISSUE BEING DISCUSSED FOR Monday, December 31st, 2012

The Limits of Interdependency in Economy

Today, we have huge interdependent global networks—in communications, Internet, transportation, shipping, finance, government and so many other fields. While these interdependent networks may facilitate the workings of an economy, they also leave us very vulnerable since if one piece of the puzzle breaks down, the whole process is stopped. What is the proper balance in interdependency?


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ISSUE BEING DISCUSSED FOR Thursday, December 13th, 2012

The Need for Role Models

Individualism sets each person up as the center of his own little world. He is “the master of his fate and the captain of his soul.” This limited vision of the world excludes the influence of role models. This vision does not like the idea of dependency on others, which it interprets as a weakness. The question this week is to discuss how this vision distorts the reality of our social nature. In Return to Order, we discuss how we need others. What are the harmful effects of this vision? What can be done to promote the opposite?

 

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ISSUE BEING DISCUSSED FOR Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

The Virtue of Temperance

Temperance is the virtue whereby man governs and moderates his
natural appetites and passions in accordance with the norms prescribed
by reason and the Faith.  How is the virtue of temperance NOT being practiced in today’s economy and culture?

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ISSUE BEING DISCUSSED FOR Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

The Hollywood Vision

Hollywood has long had a special role in encouraging the avoidance of suffering and the denial of tragedy which we believe to be part of the present crisis. The film industry actually takes this vision to an extreme. How has Hollywood done this? What are specific examples that can be cited? Why is the vision wrong?

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ISSUE BEING DISCUSSED FOR Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

How can the proper notion of the State be restored?

Some claim that we must tolerate the idea of a State as a necessary evil. Such hostile attitudes come from the fact that many see only today’s bloated and dysfunctional State and consequently have confused notions of what constitutes society, nation, State and government.  We think that the State is the political organization and order of the nation; its role is to safeguard the common good and facilitate virtuous life in common.  How can the proper notion of the State be restored?

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