Friday Quick Link: The Question of Distribution

There was a rather interesting discussion today on NPR concerning the possibility of a guaranteed minimum income, a proposal close to the hearts of distributists everywhere.

http://onpoint.wbur.org/2016/01/14/universal-basic-income-government-welfare

I really wish the host had let Megan McArdle explain more about the drawbacks to such a plan instead of letting the end of the conversation devolve into emotion.

I am a proponent of a guaranteed income policy but I think McArdle had a great point. The perverse incentives both at the political and the personal level just make the practical implementation a nightmare. It’s worth more thought.

Resolutions and Blogging in 2016

Welcome 2016!

No I haven’t formed any of my New Year’s resolutions, but there are some changes coming to this site. I am taking up blogging again on a more regular basis and the focus will be slightly changed to emphasize shorter posts with more audio and illustrations.

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Some additions I am working on:

  • Comics and Illustrations Page –  consolidates the comics and illustrations that I have been working on
  • Lectures and Videos – contains links to my youtube channel and playlists that feature discussions and lectures on a variety of topics
  • Essays – All the long form articles that appear on the blog organized according to their subject
  • Sources for Community  – Links to resources for community and local subsidiarity

See you in the next year!

Doxacon – Where Christianity and Geek Culture Collide

Last month, I came across a link for Doxacon, a convention for Orthodox and Catholic speculative fiction enthusiasts that is held yearly on both the west and east coasts. The event looks pretty neat, especially if you have a thing for priests in cassocks paired with Jedi Knights and lightsabers.

I certainly regret having missed the first two. Luckily enough the full audio of the event is now online. The podcasts are well worth a listen, especially for people interested in speculative fiction and classic Christian philosophy. Some gems that shouldn’t be missed:547646-250

  • Chesterton, Lewis & Card – Approach to Worldbuilding – Leah Libresco gives another outstanding lecture
    on interacting with a world that is more uncertain and mysterious than we might initially have anticipated. It reminds me a little bit of my own lecture on the cult of confidence, that is if my own lecture had been more interesting and included references to Narnia.
  • You Got Your Christianity in My Science Fiction! –  John C. Wright discusses incorporating religious themes into fiction. The author makes some interesting points about the assumptions that go into making narratives that work with readers and still carry a larger message.
  • The Golden Path: Frank Herbert’s Dune as Religious Fantasy – This talk was an intricate look into the spirituality of the Dune series as well as the religious motivation of its author: Frank Herbert. Dune was my favorite sci-fi book back in high school and it’s nice to hear a new take on the series.

Those interested in the Seattle event might also want to check out the lecture  discussing the relationship between communities and role-playing games given at the west coast event. I am not sure that I agree with the analogy between a role-playing game and the sixth-day of creation, but it’s an entertaining comparison.

I certainly will be at the 2016 Doxacon to blog if my schedule allows. Until then, it does look like there is more than enough content to chew on.