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What is Capitalism?

In my latest article for the Imaginative Conservative I ask the proverbial “million dollar question”: http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/2017/02/what-is-capitalism-joseph-pearce.html

Verse in Adversity

Subscribers to the St. Austin Review might recognize this article on poetry and modernity published yesterday by the Imaginative Conservative. It was originally published last summer as an editorial in the StAR: http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/2017/02/verse-adversity-poetry-modernity-joseph-pearce.html

Race Against Reason

In an article in the new issue of Chronicles I tackle the thorny topic of race and racism from the time-honoured perspective of reason: http://www.chroniclesmagazine.org/2017/March/41/3/magazine/article/10838305/

Learning from Lear

My latest article for Intellectual Takeout surveys the timely truths to be gleaned from Shakespeare’s timeless play, King Lear: http://www.intellectualtakeout.org/blog/king-lear-tragedy-relativism

An Interview for Catholic World Report

The English writer, Kevin Turley, recently interviewed me for Catholic World Report on being a Catholic writer. Here’s the link to the published interview: http://www.catholicworldreport.com/Blog/5413/the_creative_catholic_joseph_pearce.aspx

What does Protectionism Protect?

What should we think of protectionism, one of the principles espoused by President Trump? My latest article for the Imaginative Conservative addresses the question: http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/2017/02/protectionism-jewel-crown-trumponomics-bruce-frohnen.html

How to Write a Really Bad Play

This is from a post on my old blog … Since I’m currently a judge in a one-act Catholic play writing contest, I don’t want to say too much about the plays I’m reading.  But I have seen enough to know how to write a really bad play. And I’m passing that advice on to you, dear reader! Make sure your script contains NO comedy whatsoever – nothing the least bit funny, or if something almost-funny…

School vs. Skool

It’s hard to say what good teachers do. But it’s easy to say what bad students don’t do.   They don’t read the material! A few months back, I complained to my friend Ken Colston, a retired teacher, that many of the essay answers I was getting from my Homeschool Connections students were padded, meandering pieces that made me wonder if the students had even read the material they were busy pontificating about.  “The only way…

Lessons St. Thomas Aquinas can Teach President Trump

So what would the great Christian theologian and philosopher, Thomas Aquinas, think of Donald Trump’s executive order seeking to impose a moratorium on entry into the United States of people from nations that harbour terrorists? I endeavour to give an answer in my latest article for the Imaginative Conservative: http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/2017/02/lessons-aquinas-president-trump-joseph-pearce.html