Author: Matthew Lamb

Minimum Wages, Dignity, and Value

Proponents of raising the minimum wage argue that it will celebrate the worker and promote the dignity of work. For example, the Catholic bishops in Kentucky released a statement in January of this year, titled The Dignity of Work, calling on the Kentucky legislature to raise the minimum wage. They quoted Pope Francis, saying “It is through free, creative, participatory and mutually supportive labor that human beings express and enhance the dignity of their lives. A just wage enables them to have adequate access to all the other goods which are destined for our common use.” Does raising the...

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“The Office” and Hard Work on TV

The hit show The Office, which ended last May, is a prime example of how conservative values can appear in shows, even if it is not clearly apparent. It joins other shows which celebrate hard work and entrepreneurship such as “Shipping Wars” (do a poor job and you won’t receive more work), “Dirty Jobs” (every job is worth something), and “Shark Tank” (good ideas thrive, bad ideas fail). One of the major themes in The Office is the show’s focus on small businesses. The show portrays many characters as small business owners. They include Michael Scott, Dwight Schrute, Jim,...

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A Walk Through Rome

Much attention has been paid lately to Pope Francis’ remarks on income inequality. Many politically liberal Catholics are happy with his remarks because they feel he is moving the Church away from social issues, focusing instead on fiscal problems like income inequality. In April, for example, Pope Francis tweeted that “Inequality is the root of social evil,” a tweet which was re-tweeted thousands of times. And recent writings of his have attacked capitalism and profits, including one which denounced “trickle-down economics.” While I understand why this excites liberals, who are “just so done” with all that stopping abortion and...

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Pro-life is Conservative

‘Pro-choice is really a conservative position, because it’s about individual freedom and choice.’ Have you ever heard that argument? Usually it’s said by pro-choice Republicans who are trying to placate conservative voters who find their pro-choice stance to be a turn-off. But is pro-choice really the conservative position? I believe that being pro-life is the conservative position. As social conservatives, we believe in the preservation of culture, tradition, and the promotion of Christian values. We believe in gun rights because of their long history in the freedom of this country. We tend to be religious (although you can be...

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The “Legislating Morality” Argument

During a recent online discussion I engaged in about the Tea Party, one commenter chimed in with the following: “Libertarians and conservatives have different ideologies. Conservatives believe in legislating and promoting traditional values, whereas libertarians believe in unabated individual freedom.” To this, his friend replied by saying that one cannot be a conservative or libertarian unless he or she doesn’t believe in “legislating morality.” Both seemed to agree that conservatives want to legislate morality, which is both a common attack by liberals and, in some ways, a position embraced by conservatives (especially those who promote “family values”). But what...

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