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Hungry Souls in a Self-Affirming Culture: Rediscovering the Beauty of Food & Feasting

More than stomachs that need to be filled, or personalities that need to be affirmed, there is a right and proper hunger that makes us all human and that demands to be satisfied. In the midst of packed schedules and the pursuit of our individual ambitions, the family dinner table—once a sacred daily tradition—has dissolved… Read more »

America – Exceptional, not Nationalist

Some of the liberal criticism of President Donald Trump since his election stems from an intellectual tradition that gained tremendous influence in the West during the 1960s, especially in American universities. According to what historians have labeled the New Left, a more radical strain of the American left, America is just another example of a… Read more »

The Green New Deal Plus Modern Monetary Theory = Socialism

Thank you, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The Green New Deal (GND) she has unveiled is most illuminating. It is now unmistakably clear that AOC, Bernie Sanders, and other democrat socialists in the Democratic Party don’t want “socialism lite” but rather they want the federal government to take control of the “commanding heights” of the economy. Although… Read more »

On Trump, Democrats, and Socialism

I published a piece recently on the reaction to President Trump’s condemnation of socialism in his State of the Union. He said something indisputably factual and indubitably obvious to most Americans: “Here, in the United States, we are alarmed by new calls to adopt socialism in our country. Tonight, we renew our resolve that America… Read more »

Our Life’s Work: Reflections on the Super Bowl

The Super Bowl is over, and life moves on. This year’s New England Patriots’ 13-3 low-scoring victory over the Los Angeles Rams has generally been bemoaned as lackluster, listless, and boring, except by those who value carefully planned and well-executed defensive schemes. The half-time show has been criticized as uninspiring, mundane, and the worst one… Read more »

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: A Force to be Reckoned With

Whatever else you may think of her, first-time Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) is a great American success story. Hers is a classic “triumph of the underdog” tale. Nobody expected her to upset 10-term incumbent Congressman and Chair of the House Democratic Caucus, Joe Crowley, in last June’s Democratic primary in her New York City congressional… Read more »

Eugenics, I’m Embarrassed to Say, is Alive and Flourishing in Modern America

The modern eugenics movement is attributed to Sir Francis Galton (1822-1911), a half-cousin of Charles Darwin. Perhaps better known as the Father of Psychological Testing, Galton argued that the human gene pool could be improved, natural selection explicitly facilitated, and the evolution of the human race accelerated, by reducing the number of children born to… Read more »

VIDEO — 20 Years Later: An Inside Look at the Clinton Impeachment and the Clash on Capitol Hill

Twenty years ago this week, the U.S. Senate began the impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton. All of America was gripped by the stunning story of the impeachment of a president of the United States. Few individuals witnessed that historic event quite like Paul J. McNulty, who held the position of Chief Counsel – Director… Read more »

Angela Davis and the Rev. Fred L. Shuttlesworth Human Rights Award

On Friday, January 4, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute revoked its invitation to honor city native Angela Y. Davis at a February gala event where she was to receive the institute’s Rev. Fred L. Shuttlesworth Human Rights Award. Many individuals inside and outside the city objected to giving Davis this award due to her record… Read more »

When We First Broke the Bonds of Earth: The Story of Apollo 8

On Christmas Eve, 1968, three humans in the cramped Apollo 8 command module slingshot around the moon. They were the first human beings ever to be in the gravitational sphere of influence of another celestial body. While in lunar orbit, the astronauts recited the first 10 verses of Genesis 1, and Commander Frank F. Borman… Read more »

V&V Q&A: A History of Christianity in Pittsburgh

Editor’s Note: The “V&V Q&A” is an e-publication from The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College. This latest edition of “V&V Q&A” is a discussion with author Dr. Gary S. Smith about his new book, A History of Christianity in Pittsburgh. Vision & Values (V&V): Dr. Smith, your latest book has just… Read more »

Healthcare Spending and the National Debt

In a recent article titled “Spending More on Debt than Defense,” author Mark Hendrickson highlights the interest payments on our rapidly growing national debt in relation to defense spending. By 2023, Hendrickson points out, interest payments on the national debt will exceed the amount spent on national defense. There is one factor, however, which could… Read more »

Remembering Soviet Dissidents and the Weaponization of Psychiatry

The New York Times obituary opened with a simple recitation of facts: “Zhores A. Medvedev, the Soviet biologist, writer and dissident who was declared insane, confined to a mental institution and stripped of his citizenship in the 1970s after attacking a Stalinist pseudoscience, died … in London.” Zhores Medvedev, his twin brother Roy (still alive… Read more »

Center for Vision & Values joins Excellence network

The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College has joined the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) Oases of Excellence network. The Center for Vision & Values joins a distinguished group of academic centers nationwide that promote rigorous academic standards and intellectual diversity on college campuses. The members of the Oases of Excellence network share… Read more »

Sex, Art and God: Carl Trueman Talks With Camille Paglia

For nearly three decades, Camille Paglia, Professor of Humanities and Media Studies at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, has been one of America’s most controversial and consistent public intellectuals.  Her writings have covered topics ranging from Aeschylus to Madonna; from Baroque art to liberal Presbyterian attitudes to human sexuality.  A truly independent thinker,… Read more »

Spending More on Debt than Defense

The financial health of the federal government has been deteriorating for decades. Unable to break free from our bipartisan addiction to deficit spending, the national debt has continued to rise relentlessly. This has brought us within sight of a grim milestone: the day when the interest that Americans have to pay on the national debt… Read more »

Teaching God at Thanksgiving

Every year at Thanksgiving I trek into Barnes & Noble for an annual ritual of self-mortification. I go to the children’s section and glimpse the offerings for Thanksgiving. It never ceases to be a painful experience. A friend of mine works in that section, stocking the latest catalogue of books that the corporate folks funnel… Read more »

Losing sight of the Great War in American History

The anniversary of the end of the Great War—despite President Donald Trump visiting pan-European ceremonies in France—passed almost unnoticed in the United States. This is noteworthy because 4,000,000 Americans were mobilized for the war and about 2,000,000 shipped to Europe, where 50,585 were killed in combat and another 200,000 suffered wounds. Another 100,000 American military… Read more »