Marvin is editor in chief of WORLD News Group and the author of more than 20 books, including The Tragedy of American Compassion. His latest book is World View: Seeking Grace and Truth in Our Common Life. Follow Marvin on Twitter @MarvinOlasky.
| Understanding the meaning of ‘We the People’
by Marvin Olasky Posted 5/05/18, 09:29 am
Two years ago, as part of WORLD Digital’s Saturday Series, we published statements I made in 2008 during a debate with Christopher Hitchens at The University of Texas at Austin (Part 1 and Part 2). Hitchens claimed nothing good came out of Christianity.
| A historical look at Protestant and Catholic poverty-fighting
by Marvin Olasky Posted 4/26/18, 03:36 pm
James Whitford, 48, founder and director of the Watered Gardens Gospel Rescue Mission in Joplin, tells stories of rescues from poverty. He tells of Jon, once a homeless addict, who via the help of a mentor gained and keeps a full-time job. Whitford and his volunteers help each lodger at the mission set goals: “He has to be working toward those goals. The end goal is to eliminate homelessness in that individual’s life.”
Some Washington acronyms, like HHS and HUD, are well-known, but I’ll be surprised if any readers recognize a new kid on the block, RPA-POEM. That’s the acronym for “Reducing Poverty in America by Promoting Opportunity and Economic Mobility,” the executive order Donald Trump signed on April 10.
A few people will be celebrating on May 5, 2018, the 200th birthday of Karl Marx, but more—if they’re paying attention at all—will be mourning. Decrees by acolytes of his, particularly Josef Stalin and Mao Zedong, resulted in tens of millions of deaths. Students stuck with professors who still venerate Marx should read William Dennison’s Karl Marx (2017), part of P&R’s Great Thinkers series that now also has volumes on Thomas Aquinas and Jacques Derrida.
James Whitford received a doctorate from the University of Kansas School of Medicine, then moved on from rehabbing bodies to rehabbing lives. Whitford and his wife, Marsha, have given birth not only to five children but to the Watered Gardens Gospel Rescue Mission in Joplin, Mo., a city of 50,000. Here are edited excerpts of our interview in front of Patrick Henry College students.
| Can the faith-based poverty-fighting initiative make a comeback?
Marvin Olasky | 4/14/18, 11:52 am
Editor’s note: WORLD editor in chief Marvin Olasky gave this talk at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C., on March 29.
Thanks for inviting me. In the next 20 minutes I want to give you five understandings that defined compassionate conservatism in the early 1990s. Then, five promising events and trends in the late 1990s. Third, five problems that killed compassionate conservatism in the early 2000s. I’ll conclude by noting what it will take to revive it. But I want to start with a tribute to one mostly forgotten Washingtonian.
| After a hurricane and years of overspending, budget-strapped politicians in Puerto Rico are sparring with feds for a big-time bailout
Marvin Olasky | 4/12/18, 11:17 am
Strike one: Puerto Rico last May, $123 billion in debt, became the first U.S. state or territory to admit it is essentially bankrupt. Strike two: Hurricane Maria last September ravaged the island. Strike three: Early this month Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló rejected the plan of a federal oversight board appointed to rein in the free-spending tendencies of territorial politicians.
| One man fell by his hypocrisy, another took flak for his principles
Marvin Olasky | 4/12/18, 07:00 am
When Blake Farenthold, a conservative Republican, became on April 6 the latest member of Congress to resign following a sex scandal, some asked why he had changed his mind and left so abruptly. The harder question was, “How did he ever get elected?”
| Seven leaders in search of success
Marvin Olasky | 4/12/18, 04:51 am
Many readers expressed interest in the provocative comments of strategic forecaster George Friedman, founder and chairman of Geopolitical Futures, that we published in the March 31 issue of WORLD. Here are more edited excerpts of our recent interview.