Recapping a few interesting and significant links of the past few weeks.
Here are some things you might not have seen in your internet sojourns lately…
Pope Francis is urging that world leaders end the “tyranny of money”. Unless he’s talking about fiat money like the Federal Reserve and the European central bank, I am not sure this is his best moment. Would any Catholics care to comment further? I may not have all the information here…
Rand Paul had an interesting day at the Reagan Forum last week.
Looks like Ayn Rand really hated C.S. Lewis. I’m not a big fan of Rand in the first place, and this isn’t increasing my esteem.
Check out these really intense historical anti-war posters. Wow!
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Tags: Ayn Rand, catholicism, money, Rand Paul
LearnLiberty.org has a great new series of videos out called “Liberty is Personal.” Here is an excellent excerpt from the series of Jeffrey Tucker talking about the minimum wage.
Watch the entire series starting with episode 1 on Youtube.
Tags: economics, ethics, Jeffrey Tucker, libertarianism, liberty, minimum wage
Jeffrey Tucker, head of Laissez Faire Books, has been quite active in the Catholic music tradition for some time. In June, Tucker will be presenting a paper at the Sacra Liturgia 2013 conference in Rome entitled “The Liturgical Apostolate and the Internet.”
The presentation will cover how traditional chants in the Catholic church became marginalized after the music became copyrighted and enforced, but has experienced a new popularity after becoming part of common domains.
Tucker said to the Catholic News Agency: “You went through essentially 1900 years of Christianity with the chant being an open source framework, an open source form of music that flourished in the first millennium through the oral tradition of copying, imitation, and free use.”
However, in the 20th century chant became dominated by one controlling institution, and by the 1960s the average churchgoer perceived chant as “owned” and desired more authentic worship music. Today, however, the situation has become reversed, in part thanks to individuals such as Tucker working to make chant freely available online.
Do you think there might be a similar phenomena in traditional protestant music? For a long time now, it has been the music more easily available that frequently dominates most contemporary churches – the kind of praise music traditionalists sometimes criticize (even I am sometimes amongst them). Perhaps it is the unwillingness to make things completely open that is part of the problem?
I am very thankful for groups like The Paperless Hymnal that are making music ever more accessible and affordable for everyone. But what do you think? How can these things be done better?
Read more at the Catholic News Agency.
Tags: church, churhc history, copyright, hymns, intellectual property, music
Almost two years ago, I reported that there are no more churches in Afghanistan, according to the U.S. State Department. Now, Andrew Doran at AmCon Mag tells the story of how the Iraq War became a war on Christians. Hopefully, the U.S. will not repeat the mistake for a third time in Syria.
Did you know that prior to the invasion of Iraq, Pope John Paul II sent Cardinal Pio Laghi, who was also a Vatican diplomat, to see President George W. Bush in order to convince him not to attack? The Vatican had the wisdom to see what many in the world could not: that an invasion would result in a protracted war with tens of thousands of deaths and an increased hostility to Christians in the region.
Obviously, Bush and Co. didn’t listen.
Tags: Afghanistan, Christianity, iraq, middle east, Syria, war, war on terror
Recapping the interesting and significant news of the past (few) weeks…
It has been a quiet past week at LCC, for one particular reason that is quite newsworthy: my wife and I had our first baby boy! Everything went extremely well: born at home, healthy and alert, momma and baby Caleb Horn are doing just great. Of course, we are still working into a new routine here at the Horn household. In short, we like to call this “breeding for liberty!” If you can’t beat the State now, just make enough babies until you can! Haha. Here’s a cute pic of the new wee one.
Here are a few other fun articles for your reading pleasure in the meantime. You’ll begin to see an uptick in blog posts here starting tomorrow (hopefully). Thank you all for your support and prayers!
Best read of the week: What does theology have to say about economics?
New at the American Liberty Association: The Patriot Church.
Anarcho-capitalism: so crazy, it might work!
The excellent First Things Blog shows how the dystopian world of the Hunger Games relates to our present world.
Did you know that the US federal government has the power to, and in most cases does, record nearly all phone traffic within the US borders and beyond? Yes Virginia, they do.
And moreover, the Feds are smart enough to declare definitively that the US mobile market is too dynamic to be considered “competitive”. Yeah.
Oh well, at least you can now get yourself an anti-drone hoodie.
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Tags: anarcho-capitalism, economics, Hunger Games, News of the Week, police state, security, surveillance state, theology