Obedience fatigue

Americans are an obedient people, especially when called upon in response to a national crisis. Citizens bought war bonds to help U.S. soldiers fight enemies overseas, submitted to rationing and blackout orders during World War II (and…

Every word in the right place

Every book by Joan Didion is a short book. Her two most famous, Slouching Towards Bethlehem (1968) and The White Album (1979), are 238 and 222 pages respectively, and the most-read of her five novels, Play It As It Lays (1970), is just a…

Weisheit für Neues

Anmerkung des Herausgebers: Dieser Aufsatz ist Teil von Magisterial Discontents: Ein Symposium zur katholischen Soziallehre Es ist angebracht, dass die katholische Soziallehre oft auf eine Enzyklika „über neue Dinge“ zurückgeführt…

Recovering Catholic Social Teaching

Editor’s Note: This essay is part of Magisterial Discontents: A Symposium on Catholic Social Teaching On May Day 130 years ago, Pope Leo XIII published his now famous encyclical letter Rerum Novarum, which analyzed the conflicts…