The White Lily Blog


The Restore Point in Health Care is Christ and His Church

 

As part of the health care debate, Dr. Jeffrey Sachs uncompromisingly indicts capitalism on NPR’s production of the Commonwealth Club on October 26; it is apparently not archived, but similar views may be expected in his book, The Price of Civilization. His conclusion is wrong, insofar as he ultimately recommends, like the Wall Street protesters whom he admires,  only that we tax the very rich. Continue reading



Still a Little Whiggy
   Reviewers are of the opinion that, regarding “Supremacy and Survival: How Catholics Endured the English Reformation”  by Stephanie A. Mann (Sceptor Press, 2007), the author takes a fresh look at the English Reformation.  Continue reading


Want Universal Coverage? Bring Back Virtue.

The July 13 edition of NPR’s Talk of the Nation almost asked one of health care reform’s most important questions: Are patients at least part of the problem in the explosion of health care costs?

Unfortunately, the show left the question unanswered.

Lynn Neary knew what she didn’t want, but not what she wanted. Continue reading



Tell the Truth and Shame the Devil

Talk of the Nation on National Public Radio had an interesting program February 5.  The show hosted Brad Blanton, a therapist of thirty years and the originator of a movement called Radical Honesty. It is Blanton’s supposition that lying is the chief cause of depression, suicide, and relationship failures. Blanton says that lying is a prison in which, rather than telling the truth, we choose instead to “manage our identities” in the eyes of other people. It simply means, make ourselves look good at the expense of the truth.

If Blanton had stopped there, and given us ways to overcome that particular disability, the weakness of cowardice, we might’ve gotten somewhere.

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