Swimming Upstream

70: Libertarians and Abortion

70: Libertarians and Abortion

Abortion is a contentious issue among libertarians, with the majority saying they are “pro-choice,” while a sizable minority says they are “pro-life.” In this episode of Swimming Upstream, I tackle this issue to try to...

69: 4 Steps for Reforming the Catholic Hierarchy

69: 4 Steps for Reforming the Catholic Hierarchy

With the rampant corruption infecting the Catholic hierarchy, it’s time to look to reform. And I don’t mean rejecting the institution of the hierarchy, a la Protestantism. I mean reforming the human elements of how things operate at...

68: The Plan to Make You Poorer

68: The Plan to Make You Poorer

Today is Labor Day, and I want to talk about the primary fruit of our labor: money. Specifically, how government’s control of money makes everyone poorer over time. Topics Covered: The Three Properties of Money Why do some forms of money...

67: Should Pope Francis Resign?

67: Should Pope Francis Resign?

The recent allegation that Pope Francis knew about former Cardinal McCarrick’s immoral activities has sent shockwaves throughout the Catholic Church. Some are calling for the Pope’s resignation. Should he resign? If he doesn’t...

66: 5 Reasons to Love the Church

66: 5 Reasons to Love the Church

With the ongoing sex abuse crisis in the Church, it can be hard to be Catholic. But I still love the Church! Why? I give five of my reasons in this episode of Swimming Upstream.

65: The Allure of Socialism

65: The Allure of Socialism

Why is socialism enjoying a surge in popularity in recent years? Why are young people in particular attracted to it? I take a look at this phenomenon in today’s episode of Swimming Upstream.

63: Can You Be a Catholic and a Libertarian?

63: Can You Be a Catholic and a Libertarian?

It’s common among Catholics to claim that libertarianism is incompatible with Catholicism. Liberal Catholics dismiss it as uncaring toward the poor and needy. Conservative Catholics would say libertarians endorse immorality like abortion...

61: What’s a “Pro-Life Issue”?

61: What’s a “Pro-Life Issue”?

You hear it everywhere now: Immigration is a pro-life issue. Racism is a pro-life issue. Health care is a pro-life issue. It seems that everything is a pro-life issue now. In this episode, I argue that such a promiscuous use of the label...

60: Our Suicidal Culture

60: Our Suicidal Culture

What is causing the rise in suicides in our country? Is it simply a case of mental illness? Is it Trump’s fault for cutting various programs? Or is it more of a cultural issue? I look at what I think are some of the causes of his tragic...

59: Catholics and Gay Pride Month

59: Catholics and Gay Pride Month

This month is “Gay Pride Month,” so of course Fr. James Martin is out there as the pied piper for the gay rights movement. But how should Catholics actually respond to Gay Pride Month? The standard response is “love the sinner...