Links for 01/12/17

At America, Michael O'Loughlin on Tuesday's "Erroneous Autonomy" conference. 

At Politico, coverage of Dr. Ben Carson's confirmation hearings. This man is the personification of an ideologue. Doubt it? Here is the definitive quote: "Elites cultivate....obeisance by providing goodies to the less fortunate ones." I suppose by "goodies" he means food stamps. Carson will likely win confirmation and urban policy will likely be a disaster. 

At the Spectator,Damien Thompson floats the possibility that Pope Francis might be unstable, and offers the alternative that he is just a mean person. 

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