Brian Dijkema  |  March 26, 2014  |  Economy, Justice, Philosophy

Breaking news, folks: economics is about justice. In an astonishing break from the economics party line, Harvard economics professor Greg Mankiw pulled back the curtain on the inner workings of his profession and told all. “Our recommendations,” he shares, “are based not only on our understanding of how the world works, but also on our judgments about what makes a good society.” And, just when … MORE »

Ray Pennings  |  March 24, 2014  |  Institutions, Justice, Law, Politics, Religion

Cardus has covered the issues involved in Loyola et al vs. the Attorney General of Quebec on many occasions. Always our position is that the organizations of civil society, including those that are religiously motivated, must be free to participate without hesitancy in our public space. This is at the heart of our understanding of freedom and democracy. Related: Cardus covered in today’s National Post … MORE »

Doug Sikkema  |  March 21, 2014  |  Culture, Death, Parenting, Philosophy

The King will reply, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” -Matthew 25:40 When I was young, our family had this ragged, blue hardcover collection of Dutch folk tales. They were English translations, and real gems. One of my favourites told the story of a king and queen who … MORE »

Ray Pennings  |  March 20, 2014  |  Culture, Elites, Leadership, Legacy, Politics, Vocation

The past 48 hours have seen the resignation of two significant Canadian figures—federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty and Alberta Premier Alison Redford. My social media feeds are dominated by others with similar interests and so are quickly filled with the candid evaluations of Flaherty and Redford legacies. Sadly, the 140 character responses are not very inspiring regarding our democracy. These two resignations—apart from their timing … MORE »

Michael Van Pelt  |  March 14, 2014  |  Business, Economy, Innovation, Vocation

Germany is a skilled-trades producing machine. But behind this machine is a web of institutions executing different, and distributed, responsibilities so smoothly that it’s easy to imagine why the Germans produce Porsches. Their success is fuelled by their passion to have the most globally competitive companies in the world. Companies have huge training facilities. Educational institutions and companies manage a dual training system of the … MORE »

Gregory Butler  |  March 14, 2014  |  Elites, Leadership, Politics

There is a growing sense in Canada that something has to be done about the Senate, but also a strong pessimism that anything constructive can be done. There are calls to abolish it outright, or to elect it. The alternative is an elites option in which experts either draw up a list of worthy people for appointment or alternatively that selections be made from existing … MORE »

Julia Nethersole  |  March 13, 2014  |  Leadership, Media

I have to admit, I love Beyoncé. Since the tender age of nine, I’ve been a devoted and loyal fan. I remember a (retrospectively) embarrassing phase of teenage angst during which I had her song “Irreplaceable” on repeat. Beyoncé is an amazing woman. In my life, I have been fortunate to have always been surrounded by amazing women: women that have been models of intelligence, … MORE »

Ray Pennings  |  March 12, 2014  |  Economy, Politics

To what extent should taxpayers be able to direct which social institutions provide the best value in delivering for the public good? In most western democracies, governments have provided the incentives of a reduced tax bill in order to encourage support for charities. The definition of charity varies, with the relief of poverty, advancement of education and promotion of religion being at the core of … MORE »

James K.A. Smith  |  March 11, 2014  |  Complexity, Philosophy, Religion

Damon Linker, senior correspondent at The Week, has crystallized some of the recent discussion around faith in a secular age, much of it in conversation with the work of Charles Taylor. I’d like to continue a conversation with Linker that I began yesterday, taking up his subsequent post on “obstacles to religious enchantment in a secular age.” The issue (raised in posts by Sessions, Dreher, … MORE »

James K.A. Smith  |  March 10, 2014  |  Complexity, Culture, Philosophy

Canadian philosopher Charles Taylor is getting a lot of play in papers and magazines here south of the border.  His work, A Secular Age, has received attention from New York Times columnists David Brooks and Ross Douthat, American Conservative editors Rod Dreher and Noah Millman, and cultural commentators like Damon Linker and David Sessions. The question that Linker in particular is asking, with and of … MORE »