Economics & Political Systems

The Law and the “Profits”

Christian theologian R.C. Sproul, founder and chairman of Ligonier Ministries, died on December 14, 2017 at the age of 78. In mid-1990, Sproul gave the following talk to the Institute on Market Economics and Religious Faith held at Grove City … Continue reading

Just What the Doctor Ordered

While the Republican Congress remains paralyzed over how to repeal and replace Obamacare, recent activity among two of the healthcare industry’s largest players could signal a new approach to delivering access to affordable healthcare. CVS, the nation’s largest pharmacy chain, … Continue reading

Remembering Fidel Castro’s Death

Editor’s note: A shorter version of this article first appeared in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. This past week marked the anniversary of the death of Fidel Castro, our hemisphere’s worst dictator for a half century. When we remember Castro’s death, we … Continue reading

Birthday of a Bloodbath

A version of this article first appeared at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. This October-November 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the launch of the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia—the bloody communist state that would produce a political-ideological killing spree unlike any the … Continue reading

“Medicare for All” is Good for None

Recently, Senator Bernie Sanders unveiled a single-payer healthcare plan called “Medicare for All.” Sanders titled his approach for nationalizing one-sixth of the American economy as “Medicare for All” in order to offer a template for his vision of the U.S. … Continue reading

Privacy at What Price?

In a tale of questionable historical validity, the British colonial government in early 20th century India found itself confronting a fearsome pest: cobras. Though natives had long since adjusted to uneasy coexistence with the snakes, the occupying force did not … Continue reading

Medicine that Hurts

The Republican-proposed American Health Care Act (AHCA) that the House of Representatives is expected to vote on this Thursday has been called a bill that everybody dislikes for one reason or another. Democrats are hoping that the AHCA will be … Continue reading

The Spirit of Michael Novak

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at Crisis Magazine. One of the most brilliant, influential Catholic intellectuals of the past half century has died at age 83. He was Michael Novak, theologian, philosopher, and gentleman—truly, a gentle man. I had … Continue reading

Crossing the Line on Health Insurance

In a recent television interview, Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini, head of one of America’s largest health insurers, commented that selling insurance across state lines is “an outdated concept” in the discussion of healthcare reform. Bertolini went on to explain the … Continue reading