‘Response to a Book’ Archive

Stealth Democracy: A Summary of the Thesis of John R. Hibbing and Elizabeth Theiss-Morse February 22, 2012 1 Comment

It was fashionable in the sixties to talk of ‘participatory democracy.’  But John R. Hibbing and Elizabeth Theiss-Morse, of the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, claim, on the basis of much research and reading, that that is exactly what the people at large want to avoid.  Rather, what they want could be best described as […]

Different Kinds of Freedom April 9, 2011 No Comments

Here is a quotation from Aldous Huxley’s 1946 foreword to Brave New World: “As political or economic freedom diminishes, sexual freedom tends compensatingly to increase.  And the dictator (unless he needs cannon fodder and families with which to colonize empty or conquered territories) will do well to encourage that freedom.  In conjunction with the freedom […]

Christians Creating Culture: Charles Schulz Did It January 12, 2011 2 Comments

The last couple of nights I happened to watch two famous television specials on DVD:  A Charlie Brown Christmas and It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.  I pity any members of younger generations who have not seen them.  Today people like Andy Crouch and Gabe Lyons have been recommending that Christians, instead of taking a […]