“Hero Pay” Rewards Workers by Removing Their Jobs

California leads the nation in implementing liberal economic schemes. The concentration of the entertainment industry means that California’s attitudes often influence other parts of the country. One such scheme is the idea of “hero pay.” Many Southern California cities decreed that “essential” grocery workers be granted an extra four to five dollars an hour in … Read more

Three Moral Reasons Why Economics Will Not Save Us

When the economy goes down, monetary theories start circulating. Since most people dislike austerity, today’s most popular theory is spending the nation out of its crisis. The popularity makes sense in a world where no one wants to suffer toward a solution. Magic solutions are much preferred, as all pain is thus averted. Throw another … Read more

Do People Really Kill Themselves Because They are Poor?

One of the most appalling articles in recent memory comes from the people at National Public Radio. Entitled “Raising The Minimum Wage By $1 May Prevent Thousands Of Suicides, Study Shows,” it refers to a report in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health. This conclusion is troubling on many levels. First is the suspicion … Read more

Why You Need to Know What A Family Is Before You Can Help One

As the elections loom on the horizon, many liberal candidates are calling for urgent measures to help the American family. There is impassionate talk about poverty, wage stagnation and health care. There are yet more pleas for money and programs for those who suffer from want. There is nothing wrong with helping the family. However, … Read more

Why Economics Alone Will Not Get America Right With God

There is a major problem with books written solely from an economic prism. Consider the fact that the American economy is booming by all major indicators. Unemployment is down to record lows. Inflation is minimal. Consumer confidence is up. We have not seen times like this for decades. Admittedly, wages are still low, and debt levels … Read more

Three Ways to Avoid the Death of the Dollar—and America

Little remains of the vast edifice of family, community and faith relationships that once unified and anchored the American way of life. These things have not disappeared from the horizon. They are still important, but they have deteriorated. There is no more consensus about what they mean, and they no longer serve as anchors of … Read more

How Hobbes Separated Government From Virtue

Return to Order How Hobbes Separated Government From Virtue

According to the ideology of absolute personal liberty, government exists to foster liberty and to mediate the inevitable conflicts that arise in the exercise of that liberty. The general rule that governs the use of liberty is pretty much “do what you want so long as you don’t hurt anyone.” This ideology of absolute personal … Read more

When Economics Dominates

Return to Order When Economics Dominates 3

In the modern world, economics dominates. Everything is seen through the prism of economics. However, this is not the primary prism to see life; nor is it the most important human field. Obviously, the primary prism to see life is through the spiritual prism. [like url=https://www.facebook.com/ReturnToOrder.org]   Instead, the modern world inverts this proper order … Read more

Freakonomics: The End Does not Justify the Means

Return to Order Freakonomics: The End Does not Justify the Means

Despite all the different kinds of problems in the world, the issues that dominate the national discussion are economical. Some have even shifted moral arguments to this field. Take for example, how abortion is argued in what is called “Freakonomics.” In 2005, University of Chicago economist Steven Levitt and New York Times journalist Stephen J. Dubner wrote a book titled Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores … Read more