David Brooks, the Pope, and Capitalism

David Brooks' most recent column about Pope Francis' eco-encyclical operates as an apologetic for neoliberal economics with a most troubling, yet predicable, rebuttal. To top it off, Brooks maintains a dismissive attitude throughout much of the piece. For example, he begins by claiming the Pope overstates the severity of the situation which results in "too many … Continue reading David Brooks, the Pope, and Capitalism

On MacIntyre’s Virtue and the Outsider

In a previous post on Alasdair MacIntyre's After Virtue I claimed that, it seems to me that MacIntyre’s approach seems to promote communal rigidity and sameness. This isn’t because his ethics builds intentional animosity toward otherness, but rather because it is so firmly rooted in distinctly communal history, wisdom, and tradition which can only therefore be fully coherent internally. Insofar as … Continue reading On MacIntyre’s Virtue and the Outsider