Rather than unify us, like King Midas’s ‘golden touch,’ politics corrupts everything it touches, rendering those things incapable of bringing us joy.
Sometimes we use gifts to make ourselves feel less guilty, to beat the Joneses, because we’re addicted to consuming to distract ourselves from what happens when things get quiet.
Let’s see if the rationales for stocking up on food or gold hold up to realistic expectations of what a natural, economic, or political catastrophe might bring.
Life is short, as the Paris attacks have shown. Use it to do something bigger than whining about minor irritations, as November traditionally reminds us.
Here’s what we can learn about J.R.R. Tolkien’s views of man and government from The Hobbit.
It is impossible to exaggerate the enigma within the term “capitalism.” To this very day its central concepts of market and “trickle down” are questioned from the American president to the pope.
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