Why Do So Many Smart People Use Dumb Phones?

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Wherever you go, people are on their “smartphones.” In airports, restaurants or on the street, people are almost permanently glued to their devices, obsessed with the idea that they cannot exist without being connected to the cyber world. Thus, they text and tweet, email and Google, follow and like in an effort to be constantly … Read more

The World Is Not Flat

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There is an impatient restlessness inside our globalized economy that is constantly tearing down and building anew. This particular aspect of the economy is like an unstoppable machine that runs over all obstacles. To resist is considered futile. Such views are often expressed in major liberal newspapers where economic dogmas are affirmed (and discarded) almost … Read more

The Family: An Essential Institution in the Fight Against Obesity

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It is no coincidence that nutrition and nurture have a similar etymology. According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, nurture means to encourage or care for someone or something that is growing or developing. Thus, the family and nutrition naturally come together. The family should provide nutrition to its members by supplying it with wholesome food. Metaphorically, … Read more

Turning Back to Our Legal Traditions

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It is not often a book appears that forces the reader to change or challenge long held historic concepts and narratives. Harold Berman’s Law and Revolution: The Formation of the Western Legal Tradition is one such book. Magisterial in its development, prodigious in its documentation, brilliant in its insight, Berman’s 550-page work traces the history … Read more

Three Reasons Why Bitcoin Is Not Money

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With the dramatic rise of bitcoin, many are talking about this crypto-currency as the new money of the future. Such a simplification is understandable, since the matter of money is complex. Not all that glitters is gold. Likewise, what appears to be money often is not. Free Book: Return to Order: From a Frenzied Economy … Read more

A Fedora for All Seasons: Does Using a Hat Matter?

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by Byron Whitcraft On an extremely cold winter day a rather curious incident took place. The temperature was in the frigid teens and made all the more unbearable by a stiff wind. So, I was very anxious to get inside the store that was not far off in the distance. As I entered the vitamin … Read more

Why the End of Malls Will Not Make Shopping Any Better

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As the Christmas season ends, there is a general agreement that the age of malls is coming to a close. Retail sales are no longer dominated by the vast complexes of physical shops anchored by big-box stores once found all over the country. Indeed, malls are no longer delivering the goods to shoppers looking for … Read more

Life in the Shadows

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If the pace of life seems overwhelming, it might well be because we have assumed so many of the jobs once held by others. This is the position of Craig Lambert in his book, Shadow Work: The Unpaid, Unseen Jobs that Fill Your Day (Berkeley, Calif., Counterpoint Press, 2015). The Harvard sociologist takes a look … Read more

Four Reasons Why Greed Is Harmful to Society

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There are those who claim that greed serves an economic purpose in that it increases demand for goods and services. Thus, greed can stimulate economies and advance prosperity. However, greed has moral and social dimensions that are not considered by those who hold it as an economic stimulus. Order Today: Return to Order: From a … Read more