Harry Truman

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.”

Global Generosity and “Being Played for Suckers”
Global Generosity and “Being Played for Suckers”

In this article originally published by Christianity and Crisis on March 18, 1946, Charles W. Gilkey warns Americans not to worry that helping people abroad will make them “suckers.”

Seventy-five Years of The Best Years of Our Lives: A Retrospective on War and Peace
Seventy-five Years of The Best Years of Our Lives: A Retrospective on War and Peace

Seventy-five years ago, the Samuel Goldwyn masterpiece “The Best Years of Our Lives” premiered to universal critical and popular acclaim. Reviewing the film now, two overarching contrasts between past and present are clear.

Looking Back at the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Looking Back at the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights’ (UDHR) impact across the globe was beyond what Eleanor Roosevelt and its drafters could have imagined. As we look forward, the human rights agenda is in great need of reform and renewal. Perhaps a return to the spirit of 1948 and the wisdom of its original drafters can provide wisdom for the future.

Harry, Eleanor, and the Dawn of Universal Human Rights
Harry, Eleanor, and the Dawn of Universal Human Rights

In 1946 when the prospects for what would become the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) appeared dim, President Harry Truman appointed Eleanor Roosevelt to a UN committee where she could promote universal human rights.

The Christian as Citizen, Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki
The Christian as Citizen, Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki

The reclamation of a two-kingdom theology is a first step toward more careful and responsible thinking about issues such as Harry Truman’s decision to bomb Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

General Matthew B. Ridgway: Conservative Internationalist
General Matthew B. Ridgway: Conservative Internationalist

General Matthew Ridgway was a conservative internationalist who supported free institutions, defense alliances, and unsurpassed military might while opposing unsustainable wars beyond the range of national interests.

The Problem of Post Hoc Ethics
The Problem of Post Hoc Ethics

But what struck me about reading The Most Controversial Decision is how we now superimpose our judgments on Truman’s decision post hoc, and we do this with great zeal, certainty, and righteous superiority.

Withdrawal Symptoms: Part 2 of the Decline of Democracy Series
Withdrawal Symptoms: Part 2 of the Decline of Democracy Series

When it comes to democracy promotion, it seems the Obama-Trump era is the aberration.