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Lord Shaftesbury: Evangelical Social Reformer

In Opinion by Michael Rae

“I want nothing but usefulness to God and my country” (Diaries, February 22, 1827) When the funeral procession of Lord Shaftesbury progressed through the streets of London toward Westminster Abbey on October 8, 1885, thousands of people lined the streets, bands gathered to play Christian hymns, and hundreds of banners were held high with Bible verses. Continue Reading… Read more at The Acton Institute

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A perilous point in Ukraine war, ending hypocrisy on Israel/Palestine and more

In Opinion by Michael Rae

In the wake of continuing Ukrainian military gains in northeastern Ukraine, Russian President Putin gave a televised address on 21 September, the essence of which was succinctly described by Reuters: Putin on Wednesday ordered Russia’s first mobilisation since World War Two and backed a plan to annex swathes of Ukraine, warning Visit the Rideau Institute for the complete article

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USC Squanders an Opportunity to Form Fraternities

In Opinion by Michael Rae

Eight fraternities recently disaffiliated from the University of Southern California following the university’s response to allegations of horrible sexual assaults on campus in 2021. During the fall semester of 2021, there were several reports of girls being drugged and sexually assaulted at fraternity events. Continue Reading… Read more at The Acton Institute

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Our Lady of the Artilects Makes AI Catholic Cool

In Opinion by Michael Rae

The idea of personal identity and sentience in artificial intelligences (AI) is not exactly new territory for the science fiction genre: from Neuromancer to Westworld, writers frequently contemplate the ideas of agency and moral status in close-to-human, artificially engineered agents and environments. Continue Reading… Read more at The Acton Institute

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Progressives Remember COVID but Refuse to Learn from It

In Opinion by Michael Rae

There are three ways to look back at the first year of the COVID pandemic. The first is to learn from the whole experience. Recall the fear, pain, and misery brought on by lockdowns, mask mandates, and social distancing, as well as the deaths that could have been prevented but weren’t because of politics (think the nursing home debacles). Continue Reading… Read more at The Acton Institute

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Unsustainable militarism, UN challenges and Patagonia’s astounding gift to Earth

In Opinion by Michael Rae

RUSSIA, AMERICA, UKRAINE, AND ALL-DOMAIN OVERREACH We begin this week’s blog post with a commentary entitled Russia’s Underperforming Military (and Ours) (quincyinst.org, 13 September 2022), written by celebrated American historian, professor emeritus and retired career officer in the US Army Andrew Bacevich. He begins by summarizing the prevailing  American explanation for Russian Visit the Rideau Institute for the complete article

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Free Enterprise Is Saving African Lives

In Opinion by Michael Rae

For years, Africa has dominated the podium in the “bad healthcare” Olympics. For reference, the average cost for an established patient and Medicare recipient to make one visit to a family practice in Pennsylvania (where I live) is approximately $88—the cost of less than a week’s worth of groceries. Continue Reading… Read more at The Acton Institute

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The Manchurian Candidate Is a Neglected Masterpiece

In Opinion by Michael Rae

In 1959, when Richard Condon published his political thriller The Manchurian Candidate, he took a topical idea and ran amok with it. The idea was that during the Korean War a platoon of GIs had been captured by the Chinese, brainwashed (“not just washed, but dry-cleaned”), and released back home to do the enemy’s bidding. Continue Reading… Read more at The Acton Institute