Japanese Family Values and Business Ethics

Our ally is setting precedents that show how family values mean something completely different from what we expect in the U.S. In a sense, this story shows how strange Japan is to Western values. But it also might show how they have traditionally been superior. In Japan, until this latest court case, a wife could sue a woman who had sex with her husband. The court recognized that the woman had harmed her in some way. This makes much more sense than no-fault divorce. But it also raises the question Read more […]

Michele Bachmann: Liberal Pariah or Conservative Nutjob?

Michele Bachmann, the erstwhile Representative from central Minnesota is retiring – and the news has caused folks across the political spectrum to react in sometimes surprising ways. As she is an outspoken conservative firebrand, there has been the expected crush of liberal hate speech. The conservative establishment is not exactly mourning her retirement either; some are even vigorously applauding it. Michele Bachmann is a darling of the social conservative movement because she does what so Read more […]

Nostalgia is not Enough

Conservatives often rely on decades-old arguments to make their case that their political view is the correct one. This does not mean that decades-old arguments are untrue, but it does mean that the intended modern audience does not understand them. Noted 19th and early 20th century author and journalist G. K. Chesterton makes an interesting point that speaks to this very issue: All conservatism is based upon the idea that if you leave things alone you leave them as they are. But you do not. If Read more […]