Kresta in the Afternoon – August 12, 2020 – Hour 2

+  The Trouble with Industrial Policy

  • Description: Since 2016, more and more Americans have called for local and national governments to expand the scale of their industrial policies—that is, of targeted government interventions designed to protect particular industries. Without it, they say, the country will neither maintain its technological edge nor reverse the declines in employment that particular regions and specific industries have experienced since the mid-1970s. Understanding the problems of industrial policy matters if America is going to have an economy that contributes to the common good. Sam Gregg joins us.
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    • Sam Gregg
      Sam Gregg is director of research at the Acton Institute. He’s the author of several books, including Reason, Faith and the Struggle for Western Civilization and has written and spoken extensively on questions of political economy, economic history, ethics in finance, and natural law theory. He has an MA in political philosophy from the University of Melbourne, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in moral philosophy and political economy from the University of Oxford.
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    • Reason, Faith, and the Struggle for Western Civilization

      "Gregg's book is the closet thing I've encountered in a long time to a one-volume user's manual for operarting Western Civilization." The Stream The genius of Western civilization is its unique synthesis of reason and faith. But today that synthesis is under attack—from the East by radical Islam (faith without reason) and from within the West itself by aggressive secularism (reason without faith). The stakes are incalculably high. The naïve and increasingly common assumption that reason and faith are incompatible is simply at odds with the facts of history. The revelation in the Hebrew Scriptures of a reasonable Creator imbued Judaism and Christianity with a conviction that the world is intelligible, leading to the flowering of reason and the invention of science in the West. It was no accident that the Enlightenment took place in the culture formed by the Jewish and Christian faiths. We can all see that faith without reason is benighted at best, fanatical and violent at worst. But too many forget that reason, stripped of faith, is subject to its own pathologies. A supposedly autonomous reason easily sinks into fanaticism, stifling dissent as bigoted and irrational and devouring the humane civilization fostered by the integration of reason and faith. The blood-soaked history of the twentieth century attests to the totalitarian forces unleashed by corrupted reason. But Samuel Gregg does more than lament the intellectual and spiritual ruin caused by the divorce of reason and faith. He shows that each of these foundational principles corrects the other’s excesses and enhances our comprehension of the truth in a continuous renewal of civilization. By recovering this balance, we can avoid a suicidal winner-take-all conflict between reason and faith and a future that will respect neither. (learn more)

+  He won’t win. So why is Brian Carroll running for president?

  • Description: Yesterday Joe Biden announced Senator Kamala Harris as his vice presidential candidate. We know that, barring some extraordinary circumstance, the winning ticket in November will be either Biden/Harris or President Trump and Vice President Pence. But there are others running, including Brian Carroll, presidential nominee of the American Solidarity Party, a small-but-growing political party based largely on Catholic social teaching. He joins us.
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    • Brian Carroll
      Brian Carroll is an American teacher who is the nominee for the American Solidarity Party in the 2020 Election. Visit
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+  Father and Son Answer the Call to Priesthood

  • Description: Peter and Andrew Infanger share a father-son relationship that is like many others, but is different in one special way - they are both priests! Fr. Andrew was ordained two years ago, and his widowed dad Fr. Peter was ordained this Father's Day. Their vocation has brought a new dimension to their relationship. Fr. Andrew joins us.
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    • Fr. Andrew Infanger
      Fr. Andrew Infanger serves at the Wisconsin parishes of St. Robert in Shorewood and Holy Family in Whitefish Bay and will begin serving at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee’s Catholic Newman Center in August.
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