Profiles in Meekness

Meekness is doing our duty in spite of all obstacles, whether those obstacles come in the form of our own errors and excesses, or the wrongful opposition of others. Meditating on the meaning of meekness has inspired me to begin a series of posts celebrating those among us who exhibit this beatitude by seeking whatContinue reading “Profiles in Meekness”

Counseling Capitalism

“That invidious word, ‘capitalism,’” Irving Kristol reminds us, “was invented by European socialists about a half-century” after the publication of Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations. Although the term is now lovingly embraced by proponents of free enterprise, it has never ceased to carry negative connotations, even to souls disinclined towards socialism. Kristol recognizes that, inContinue reading “Counseling Capitalism”

Wise and Unwise Utopias

In this 1973 essay, Irving Kristol explains how modern progressive ideologies exhibit a “kind of madness, which we familiarly call ‘utopianism.’” At the heart of any madness is a decisive disconnection from reality. In this case, the divorce occurs through a misunderstanding of the proper role of imagination. In classical thought, utopias are the resultContinue reading “Wise and Unwise Utopias”