May 8, 2020

Saint Thomas Aquinas and Adam Smith in a Time of Pandemic

A recent panel discussion, hosted by the Institute for Human Ecology and the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, shows how using both economics and theology can help us better advance the common good.
May 8, 2020

The Chinese Communist Party Is a Bigger Threat to Humanity Than Coronavirus, and America Must Confront It

In this piece, Chen Guangcheng and William J. Saunders discuss the effects of China’s authoritarian dictatorship on the freedom of its citizens, particularly during the pandemic. 
April 20, 2020

Moral Guidance on Prioritizing Care During a Pandemic

In a joint statement of twenty experts in medicine, law, bioethics, theology, and public policy, M.A. in Human Rights Program Director, William J. Saunders, offers guidance and moral considerations for prioritizing care during the COVID-19 pandemic. When faced with economic crisis and concerns medical care capacity, these professors with myriad expertise apply reason and provide clarity for all of us, especially those in decision-making roles.
February 5, 2020

Thinking and Acting Institutionally in 2020

In an important update to Aristotelian political thought, Yuval Levin’s new book shows that the health of a modern society depends on the health of its social institutions, and that our social institutions today are not healthy.
November 4, 2019

The Myth of Technocratic Infallibility

"Modern government", asserts IHE Fellow Andrew Yuengert, "is a collaboration between "politicians" and "technocrats." Yuengert's article in Public Discourse discusses the supposed objectivity of this collaboration and how we can engage in healthier political debates, informed by the knowledge that most data is not politically neutral.
June 25, 2019

Is a Civil Public Discourse Even Possible?

Over the last 20 years, public discourse has tended toward the shrill and irrational, punctuated with occasional violence. No sharing of opinions. Don’t ask questions.  No discussion of points of view. Empathy is dead. Socialization—an essential human activity—is regulated by the mob, and its walls are shrinking.
April 17, 2019

Tradition and Authority in Luigi Giussani’s Educational Method

It’s more authentic to stand before a young person and humbly say, “I’ve found something I’m eager to share with you, and I want to provoke you to go on your own journey for the truth,” than to deny that teachers, mentors, and other role models are speaking from tradition with authority.