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Truth, justice, and the mystery of evil

May 5, 2020 James Kalb 12

God’s unity and simplicity mean that for Him truth, justice, and power are all the same. He isn’t conflicted, doesn’t do half-measures, and never loses. The evident reality of falsehood and injustice makes that hard […]

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A return to real pluralism?

April 15, 2020 James Kalb 24

We live in a society that has become increasingly divided. On one side we have technocrats. These include the rich, powerful, and well-positioned, as well as the ambitious and credentialed people who serve and want […]

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Love, Loyalty, and Justice

February 2, 2020 James Kalb 7

A couple of months ago I reviewed R.R. Reno’s book Return of the Strong Gods, in which the author calls for strengthening the loves and loyalties that hold Western societies together. At the end of […]

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Church, State, and the Internet

January 6, 2020 James Kalb 12

Methods of communication have huge social effects. Before the written word people lived tribally. All communication was word-of-mouth, and social order was personal, local, and traditional. Religion was myth, custom, and folklore. Among the Old […]

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Open the borders?

October 1, 2019 James Kalb 22

Last month I commented on Catholicism and nationality. My basic point was that the existence of particular peoples is a natural and beneficial part of human life that should be respected. That point is often […]

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Why is liberalism so durable?

August 20, 2019 James Kalb 7

Liberalism tells us everyone should be able to do, be, and get whatever he wants, as much and as equally as possible. People believe that represents a new and higher stage in political and moral […]