One of the most common fallacies in the economics blogosphere — and elsewhere — is what I call “devalue and dismiss.” That is, a writer will come up with some critique of another argument, let us call that argument X, and then dismiss that argument altogether. Afterwards, the thought processes of the dismisser run unencumbered by any consideration of X, which after all is what dismissal means.
Enjoy the ponderings of the Star's contributors and add your own thoughts. As this section develops, we hope it may become a medium for an exchange of ideas among those who are working towards the cultural revival. April 10th, 2014Catholic Coffee: Spoils and Legendsby Michael LichensOver at Catholic Exchange, Sam Guzman of The Catholic Gentleman discusses a very interesting legend about Pope Clement VIII blessing coffee and assuring its popularity for all posterity in the West. I am unsure if it is true, but thank God for it.Really, though, I just wanted to post this image.» Continue Reading April 9th, 2014Is Putin One of Us? (An old-fashioned Conservative?) Ink Desk | St. Austin Review
The Family-Centered Economy This event was held in the building which, during the 1920s and ’30s, housed The Comintern, or Communist International–imagine the ghosts prowling there in the night! It is now part of the campus of the Russian State Social University, a relatively new and large institution, with a strong social conservative as its President. One of the lives claimed in the Gulag of the 1930’s was that of Alexander Chayanov. An agricultural economist of unusual insight, Chayanov did most of his work here in Moscow and was well on his way to constructing a compelling theory of what he called the “natural family economy.” Alas, his intellectual project was cut short by imprisonment and eventual death. All the same, he left behind a body of work that—I argue—still illuminates the nature of a true family-centered economy.