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The pluribus and the unum

June 6, 2021 James Kalb 5

Government is difficult. How can anyone run other people’s lives when he likely has trouble running his own? A basic difficulty is the old problem of the one and the many. In philosophy that problem […]

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What to do? Views from the past

May 2, 2021 James Kalb 23

Catholics today are in a difficult position. They have come to believe that active involvement in social and political life is a basic part of living the Faith. But the general conditions leading to that […]

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What kind of tyranny?

February 3, 2021 James Kalb 8

Reciprocity, the idea that relationships go both ways, is a bedrock social principle. Reciprocity doesn’t require equality—I’m not equal to John Roberts or the cop who tickets me for double parking—but it does require mutual […]