Halfway home is better than being “stuck.”
In October, David Kinnaman has a book coming out, titled You Lost Me. Kinnaman is president of The Barna Group, a research organization. His book focuses on young adults who have left the church and in many ways have become lost to it. Kinnaman says they are “stuck.” They could however be halfway home—but don’t know it.
Karl Marx is dead. Long live Karl Marx.
As the stock market slides and home values collapse, it’s difficult for most to decipher how “credit default swaps” and “collateralized debt obligations” contributed to the mess. A new book, Reckless Endangerment, deciphers the debacle. It also reminds us of why Karl Marx still lives.
When Europeans first set sail, they were surprised to discover their technological superiority over the rest of the world. European explorers attributed much of this to one of their inventions, the modern university. Today they’d be surprised at the inferiority of education, especially in the United States. What went wrong?
The lofty language of the U.S. Department of Labor (today marks “a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country”) doesn’t seem to fit reality. Labor Day isn’t acknowledgment; it’s escape—from work. That’s because words like holiday, prosperity, and well-being have lost their meaningful connection to reality.