Paper Clippings The Blog of The Crossroads Cultural Center

Paper Clippings, more than a classical blog, is a service providing valuable reading material in order to help readers reach a judgment about current affairs. Comments and discussion are more than welcome.

Wednesday
Feb152006

The islanders' revolt


The Aland archipelago is an autonomous region of Finland.
Aland's 26,000 people are essentially sovereign co-rulers of their home nation of Finland. As such, they can veto any international treaty that Finland wants to enter, including EU treaties. Now the Alanders could stop attempts to revive the moribund EU constitution. The reason? They want to chew their Swedish tobacco...
Don't miss this intrigue on the Baltic Sea

Monday
Feb132006

The unknown, healthy U.S. economy

You think the U.S. economy is in trouble, right? Well, think again. Businesses are investing about $1 trillion a year more than the official numbers show. Savings rate is actually positive. The deficit with the rest of the world is much smaller than advertised, and GDP is probably growing faster than what they are telling you.

Monday
Feb132006

Pampered to death

Fareed Zakaria explains that the economic decline of Europe is due primarily to a culture that entrusts everything to the state and does not prize personal initiative.

Monday
Feb132006

Subsidiarity

This column makes the case that the most important resource in Africa's development are its people.

Saturday
Feb112006

A real dialogue

Fr. Cervellera's editorial on the murder in Trebizon. What prevents dialogue is nihilism, because when we dot care about our happiness, all we care for is power.

Thursday
Feb092006

Rent-a-mob

A convincing analysis of the Danish cartoons story.On the situation in the middle east you can also read the latest column by Fouad Ajami.

Tuesday
Feb072006

The idealist

It is easy to underestimate the power of being a speech writer.

Tuesday
Feb072006

The only one

Nat Hentoff is an interesting character.

Tuesday
Feb072006

What am I doing here?

This testimony about the priest killed in Turkey is quite moving.

Monday
Feb062006

Semen Christianorum

Asia News is covering the murder of an Italian priest in Turkey.

Sunday
Feb052006

PhD's in Jacobinism

As usual, Departments of Education is where you find the most intolerant ideologues in contemporary culture.

Friday
Feb032006

The shadow campaign

There is a major international election campaign underway. There are guys running to become one of the most important figures in the world. And you didn't know a thing about it. Till now.

Friday
Feb032006

Nothing to fear

An op-ed by Monsignor Albacete in the NYTimes on the latest encyclical.

In this connection, do not miss the presentation of Benedict XVI's and Marcello Pera's new book, this coming monday at Columbia University in New York.

Thursday
Feb022006

An evolutionary deadend

You should be aware that Daniel Dennet is a product of natural selection. In particular his ideas can be explained as a natural phenomenon in terms of Darwinian evolution, although their evolutionary purpose has not yet been fully elucidated. At any rate, his thoughts are certainly a genetic byproduct of socio-biological factors that made his brain especially amenable to feelings of smug intellectual superiority. Hence, you should feel free not to take him too seriously.

Thursday
Feb022006

Reason has many methods

Godspy has a good interview with Michael Behe about Intelligent Design. It shows very well what the core issues under discussion are. Affirming that Mt. Rushmore was designed is a perfectly reasonable statement but not a scientific statement because it derives from a different method. The real danger here is that rationality is identified with science. This is explained very well in a new essay by Card. Schonborn.