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Leo XIII on Church and State Authority

36. Yet, no one doubts that Jesus Christ, the Founder of the Church, willed her sacred power to be distinct from the civil power, and each power to be free and unshackled in its own sphere: with this condition, however … Continue reading

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Speak Richly

How free speech makes us richer Is it too much to point out that “free speech” nominally empowers the spread of Marxism and related economic errors? Note that the author struggles with whether speech should be restricted rather than what … Continue reading

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Free Speech at Acton

My quote here: It seems that part of the problem is that we are committed to free speech. However, we all know that there is no such thing as free speech as we all acknowledge that some speech is restricted, … Continue reading

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Feeling Loanly?

The majority of what is called a “loan” today has nothing to do with lending. Lending involves the giving of something and receiving that same thing back in return. I can loan my pen to my friend, but I cannot … Continue reading

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Stupid Finance for the Day

“[I]f we buy stock of XYZ, we pay cash and receive the stock. Some time later, we sell the stock and receive cash. This transaction is lending, in the sense that we pay money today and receive money back in … Continue reading

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Contracts are defined as agreements that bind parties by some system of rights and obligations. Materially a contract consists in rational parties. A non-rational creature or child cannot even be the subject of a contract. Formally, a contract consists in … Continue reading

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Confusing the Symptom for the Disease

Here is my comment over at Acton: It seems confusing that the Rabbi at first acknowledges there is something deeply wrong in the American and French Revolutions but then endorse the deep root of American plotics. I think the good … Continue reading

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