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Monthly Archives: July 2013
Milton Friesen  |  July 31, 2013  |  Complexity, Discipline, Innovation, Legacy

Innovation can be very, very difficult. Are we turning enough to the deep well of human history? History has many social and cultural lessons to teach, and they may be more applicable to social innovation than we think. For instance, Newton’s Principia may not help you build a faster processor, but the story of Hans Neilson Hauge (cf. Cam Harder) can help you gain vital … MORE »

Peter Stockland  |  July 30, 2013  |  Health, Legacy, Parenting

Scientists, my morning Daily Death Rattle tells me, have succeeded in making mice forget. Now, you might think mice have precious little to remember beyond how to spell C-A-T and whether Gouda or Emmenthal makes the best croque monsieur once the C-A-T has toddled off to bed. You would be mistaken. Mice apparently have so much on their miniscule minds that scientists, faced with the … MORE »

Kathryn de Ruijter  |  July 26, 2013  |  Arts

On August 6, The Civil Wars will be releasing their second and self-titled album, produced by Comment friend Charlie Peacock. While there is excitement for this release, there is also a sense of brokenness, an uneasy culmination of something—the two members, Joy Williams and John Paul White, have called a hiatus on the band. It’s hard to make music when you’re not even talking to … MORE »

Rusty Reno notes in his opening essay of First Things‘ June/July issue that “solidarity” is a word that, “for a long time, has been a word of the left: class solidarity, workers’ solidarity, solidarity strikes and so forth.” The purpose of his article, which I heartily recommend and endorse, is to leave behind the placards and plumb the depths of the word and its public … MORE »

Ray Pennings  |  July 24, 2013  |  Elites, Institutions, Legacy, Parenting

I suppose that if the birth of the Duke of Cambridge warrants messages of congratulations from Presidents and Prime Ministers, clergy and celebrities, and millions of social media followers around the world, adding Cardus’s voice seems socially polite. We celebrate with Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge the gift of new life. Human birth occurs approximately 370,000 times each day; each brings into the … MORE »

Peter Stockland  |  July 23, 2013  |  Death, Discipline, Legacy, Vocation

There was a tree-demolishing windstorm in my Montreal borough last week, but it was a zephyr beside the summer long in-house hurricane known as my wife. She has been wreaking a clearing and cleaning path since mid-June, making landfall in the overcrowded slum of our laundry room just before the solstice, then churning her way up the coast with lightning speed toward the densely-packed districts … MORE »

Robert Joustra  |  July 22, 2013  |  Cities, Economy, Justice, Legacy, Politics

Detroit is bankrupt. Foreign Policy is openly wondering whether, if Detroit were a country, it would qualify as a failed state. It’s a near thing. There is talk of recovery in the country at large, but it’s in hushed whispers, and confidence is low. It should be. The gerontocracy that has monopolized the world’s largest economies continues to shell salvo after salvo of “business as … MORE »

Emily Scrivens  |  July 19, 2013  |  Cities, Justice, Politics

There was a man who bought a house in a quiet, tree-lined, suburban area outside of Toronto. He and his family were happy. The parks were nice and the people were friendly. On the end of his street was a large house. His neighbor told him it was housing for “young offenders,” but lately the charitable organization that ran the place seemed to have younger … MORE »

Brian Dijkema  |  July 18, 2013  |  Arts, Economy, Loves, Vocation

In last week’s Comment article, Cardus Senior Fellow Paul Williams noted that “the primary biblical motif for redemption in the economic realm is ‘Jubilee’” and that “the social goal of this biblical vision is not economic growth or efficiency but relational peace or shalom.” This doesn’t suggest that growth or efficiency are the opposite of shalom—indeed they might even be necessary for it—but it makes … MORE »

Dani Shaw  |  July 17, 2013  |  Cities, Culture, Elites, Institutions, Politics

This summer has been a time of immense tragedy. From massive floods that destroyed house and home in Alberta and parts of Toronto, to the surreal Lac Mégantic train crash that is the stuff of Hollywood movies, Canadians have experienced their share of tragedy. I have been both impressed and disturbed by the disparate reactions to these tragedies. On the one hand, the people of … MORE »