Mark Melton

Mark Melton is the managing editor for Providence and was the journal’s inaugural deputy editor. He earned his master’s degree in international relations from the University of St. Andrews, and his bachelor’s degree in foreign language and international trade comes from Mississippi College. Prior to moving to DC, he worked as a political science adjunct professor at community colleges in Mississippi and taught English in France.

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Marksism – No. 61: Niebuhr, Divine Judgment, and Afghanistan

In this week’s episode, the editors discuss a 75-year-old article by Reinhold Niebuhr in relation to events in Afghanistan.

The Debacle of Biden’s Afghanistan Withdrawal
The Debacle of Biden’s Afghanistan Withdrawal

Biden’s withdrawal from Afghanistan may become one of the great blunders American foreign policy students will need to study.

Climate Change and Human Nature
Climate Change and Human Nature

Another report from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) forecasted the potential consequences of climate change. But even if more voters begin to believe the issue is important, they may still not support the environmentalists’ policies.

Marksism – No. 59: Utilitarian Christianity, Niebuhrs, Integral Disarmament, and Pope Francis

This week the editors discuss a 1946 debate between H. Richard Niebuhr and others about “Utilitarian Christianity,” and a recent discussion about “Integral Disarmament.”

The Problems with Utilitarian Christianity
The Problems with Utilitarian Christianity

In religion, to which we want to direct our attention, the growth of the utilitarian spirit is an alarming phenomenon. Utilitarianism seems to mark not only the attitude of the political powers that use religion for the sake of social control and transform it to suit their purposes, but also the attitude of many who oppose them.

Marksism – No. 58: Drafting Women, Niebuhrian Inflation, Cuba, Afghanistan

This week the editors discuss Rebeccah Heinrichs’ article about drafting women, a 1946 op-ed on inflation, Mark Tooley’s article about Cuba, and Marc LiVecche’s article about Afghanistan.

The Nation in Peril: Inflation Then and Now
Inflation Then and Now: The Nation in Peril

“We are in danger of inflation because we do not have sufficient goods to meet the demands of the people despite the fact that we are producing more goods than any other nation on earth.”

Marksism — No. 57: North Korea, Killing Hitler, Disdaining America
Marksism – No. 57: North Korea, Killing Hitler, Disdaining America

In this week’s episode, the editors discuss Paulina Song’s article about the US travel ban on North Korea, a 1946 article explaining why the July 20 plotters tried to assassinate Hitler, and Mark Tooley’s book review focused on Henry Adams’ pessimistic view of America.

Marksism – No. 55: Cold War Christians, Patriotism, and International Religious Freedom
Marksism – No. 55: Cold War Christians, Patriotism, and International Religious Freedom

In this episode, the editors discuss a 1946 article arguing that the Soviet Union would no longer be America’s ally, a podcast about C.S. Lewis and patriotism, and next week’s International Religious Freedom Summit.

When Allies Become Adversaries: Christian Realism and the Soviet Union in 1946
When Allies Become Adversaries: Christian Realism and the Soviet Union in 1946

“It is time to take the full measure of certain arguments widely cherished by churchmen to excuse Soviet practice and minimize the Soviet threat” – Henry P. Van Dusen in 1946, responding to Christians who thought the West’s actions caused tensions with the USSR.