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Relationships Matter — But Which Ones?

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Everyone knows that relationships matter. But few of us pause to ponder exactly which relationships matter. Recently, I came across a study by the well-regarded Search Institute, a Minnesota research group whose early work identified a range of protective factors for young people—developmental assets—and has morphed in recent years to studying how to create resilient… Read more »

How Colleges Overcharge in the Name of “Scholarships” — A Q&A on Tuition Discounting with Dr. P. Jesse Rine

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Editor’s note: In recent years, concerns regarding runaway college tuition and student loan debt have served to undermine public confidence in the value of American higher education. Ironically, the very issue that is now causing such alarm—high tuition—has long been a signature feature of the financial model intentionally employed by the vast majority of smaller… Read more »

Trump on Russia: Historical Perspective from FDR to Reagan to Obama

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Editor’s note: This article first appeared at Conservative Review. There is real danger in Donald Trump’s statements and attitude toward Vladimir Putin and Russia. “Putin likes me,” glowed Trump in a July 25, 2016 Tweet. On ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday, Trump basked in the warmness that he’s apparently feeling from the Russian authoritarian: “He… Read more »

The Mess of the European Union Banking System — Are Italian Banks Doomed?

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In January, European Union (EU) bureaucrats based in Brussels passed an EU banking reform referred to as the BRRD. The BRRD stands for Banking Recovery and Resolution Directive. The reform rules were aimed at shielding EU taxpayers from bailing out troubled EU banks with taxpayer-sourced funding. The rules were modeled after the Cyprus banking crisis… Read more »

Hillary Clinton, Saul Alinsky and … Lucifer? What was Ben Carson talking about?

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Editor’s note: A longer version of this article first appeared at The American Spectator. In his speech at the Republican convention last week, Ben Carson made a statement that raised some eyebrows. “Now, one of the things that I have learned about Hillary Clinton is that one of her heroes, her mentors, was Saul Alinsky,”… Read more »

Seeing through Rose Colored Glasses

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Mary Poppins was “practically perfect in every way,” except that Mary Poppins isn’t real. I fall very short of “practically perfect” in any way, every single day. I do things I regret; even more I fail to do things I should. Beyond these sins of omission and commission, however, even when I do the right… Read more »

The Supreme Court’s Texas-Abortion Ruling … Justice Black’s Warnings Become Reality

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Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt was recently decided 5-3 by the U.S. Supreme Court. It struck down the Texas legislature’s regulations requiring abortion clinics to meet the same standards as any other Texas ambulatory surgical center and to have their physicians obtain admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. The court majority caved in to the abortionists… Read more »

The Truth About Socialism: Venezuela Destroys Its Currency

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Millennials are among the most avid supporters of the socialism promoted by Bernie Sanders. What is most remarkable is that there is ample evidence that socialist regimes bring untold economic harm to the very citizens who initially support them. My prior article on socialism in Venezuela discussed price controls and the life-threatening shortages that such… Read more »

V&V Q&A — The Century of Biology and its Ethical Challenges

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Editor’s note: Both promising and ethically challenging, a new type of human genome project by the Center of Excellence for Engineering Biology recently made big news in the journal Science and the Washington Post. The Center for Vision & Values spoke with Grove City College biology professor Dr. Jan Dudt about “Human Genome Project—Write.” V&V:… Read more »

STREAMING VIDEO — 2016 — “The Dislocation of Man in the Modern Age:” Wisdom from Walker Percy and Neil Postman

Dr. H. Collin Messer and Dr. Jason Edwards speak during The Center for Vision & Value’s 2016 annual conference “Media and American Culture: How the Church, Ideas, Elites, Social Networks, and Technology Shape Society.”

STREAMING VIDEO — 2016 — The Marginalization of the Mommy Blogger: Explorations of the Digital Media Industry, Gender, and Motherhood

Dr. Felicia Wu Song speaks during The Center for Vision & Value’s 2016 annual conference “Media and American Culture: How the Church, Ideas, Elites, Social Networks, and Technology Shape Society.”

STREAMING VIDEO — 2016 — Morals without Moralizing: Spreading Truth and Faith in Film and Media

Dr. Paul Kengor hosts a round-table that includes Carol Lee Espy, Jim DiSpirito, and Scott Sander during The Center for Vision & Value’s 2016 annual conference “Media and American Culture: How the Church, Ideas, Elites, Social Networks, and Technology Shape Society.”