My latest:

An article for Humanum: "Lights and Shadows of Modern Labour". In which I try to summarise and advance Catholic Social Teaching on the subject of work, especially modern work. There are, as the title suggests, light and shadows - I say more of the former:  

It should not be surprising if the light predominates in economic parts of life. After all, the modern spirit is nothing if not worldly, technical (even technocratic, to use a favourite word of Pope Francis) and universalist. The worldliness has led to ever greater attention to the work of human hands. The technical excellence has ensured that this work is ever more productive. And the universality—the vision of all people being essentially equal in this world and not only in the eyes of God—has encouraged a social revaluation of manual labour and a Christian-friendly appreciation of the striving for excellence in all sorts of labour.

The modern contribution to the economy, including the life of labour, were long in coming. The industrial revolution followed the intellectual, artistic and political revolutions (although it preceded the sexual revolution), and in the first few generations of industrialisation, the new labour was predominantly wretched. In retrospect, though, I think it is clear that the modern spirit is actually fairly well-suited for economic life, which is the most material and least spiritual of all human activities. The tendency of critics of modernity to focus only on economic harm—the genuine depredations of consumerism, profit-hunger and economically smothering governments—seems to me misguided. The modern economy, including the life of labour, still has many shadows, but there are far darker patches in many other parts of modern life.

The whole article is here:

I say a few words on France24 about being Jewish, American, British, German and European. A nice piece of film-making:  

Also, a few recent columns for Reuters Breakingviews:

Billy Graham's great missed economic opportunity:

Put stock markets in their modest place:

Tesla's $60 billion mistake on pay:

Albania mania is a cautionary crypto-currency tale:

Christmas presents and economists' humbug:

Thanksgiving for economists:

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