Month: September 2016

  • Sick of fundraising

    I’ve been following Leila Janah‘s work for a year or so. I forget how I discovered her, but both her Sama and LXMI ventures are great and frankly invigorating to follow. Her recent Fast Company interview is worth highlighting, particularly: Janah, as usual, is feeling bullish about her mission, but she’s chafing at the strictures of […]

  • Notre Dame’s ‘why’

    Archbishop Chaput delivered a powerful speech at Notre Dame last week at their 2016 Tocqueville Lecture. If you’re a Christian interested in living as a Christian, the entire thing is worth your time. I’m excerpting a particular section on Notre Dame’s unique role as a university. In essence, on its value proposition in a sea of…

  • Grand Experiment

    A beautiful way to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Joe Paterno’s Grand Experiment at Penn State: success with honor for students who are also athletes. Hours before his death in January 2012, I wrote the below. I still believe it, for these reasons and more. It’s because Joe and Sue Paterno have for two lifetimes…

  • Goldilocks regulation

    Scott Alexander, writing beautifully on the recent “EpiPen” controversy: Let me ask Vox a question: when was the last time that America’s chair industry hiked the price of chairs 400% and suddenly nobody in the country could afford to sit down? When was the last time that the mug industry decided to charge $300 per cup,…

  • Patriotism is small, part two

    Patriotism is small: This sentiment has suffused anti-expansion and anti-war movements throughout our history. It was captured in G.K. Chesterton’s wonderful novel The Napoleon of Notting Hill, when he said that “the supreme psychological fact about patriotism [is] that the patriot never under any circumstances boasts of the largeness of his country, but always, and of necessity,…