Posts by Samuel Klee

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Pounding Tables

A couple weeks back, I attended an ISI debate symposium in Mecosta, Michigan, at the Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal.  There, twenty college students argued different issues in politics, society, and culture.  However, unlike any conference in my past experience, it was highly collaborative and engaging.  Rather than sitting quietly in a caffeine stupor […]

Fire Teachers?

Idea: simply cut the worst teachers to solve systemic education woes. Andrew Biggs uses this logic in his recent article for the National Review Online.  He believes the ills of our current education system may be remedied by the mass-release of the bottom performing five-percent of teachers. Terminate their employment. Don’t replace them. Simply reallocate their students […]

Create, Revise, Repeat

Is simply doing more important than always doing well? In a recent Fast Company article, Rebecca Greenfield explores the work of filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki, who takes an interesting spin on creativity and regret.  In his biography, the animator described a particular quirk of his creativity. Making films is all about–as soon as you’re finished–continually regretting […]

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Fatherhood Amid Zombies

Zombie movies are not my typical fare. I prefer Doctor Who to the Walking Dead, Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet to its recent Warm Bodies reincarnation.  Characters with a pulse are a plus, in my book. However, we watched World War Z this Father’s Day, and among the half-dead-with-chattering-teeth, I found it filled with a surprising […]

Put Down the iThing

I am a child of my age.  I crave instant gratification, and sarcastic tweets are a sport.  Self-esteem is, at times, deeply tied to Facebook likes.  As of 4:30PM, I’ve texted three people, messaged five, called two, and had a handful of twitter interactions.  Sitting silently at my desk, I held at least five different […]

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L’Engle and Statism

Equality. Unity. Peace. Fear. Camazotz has no crime, no discrimination, no inequity, and no freedom.  Unfeeling and calculating, the sadistic state enforces egalitarianism with a tyrannical obsession–a global standard of unquestionable sameness.  Children’s literature though it may be, Madeleine L’Engle’s Wrinkle in Time illustrates the dystopian potential of rampant statism with terrifying simplicity. L’Engle hits […]

Rediscover Shame?

In the modern, popularized system of relative morals, what does the idea of shame really mean?  Does it exist among our contemporaries, and if so, is it a mere vestige of Christian roots?  While many like to characterize him as a pope of “peace-love-and-understanding,” Pope Francis recently urged the rediscovery of shame, putting forth its […]

Leave Social Media?

Over the past few months I have had several conversations with friends about the way in which we use social media and texting.  As students, we are constantly surrounded by iThings and notification bubbles, but do those momentary distractions actually form true relationships?  Ironically, a fellow ISI-er recently shared this video on Facebook, which presents […]

Saint John Paul II and Conservatism

On Sunday, Rome was flooded with hundreds of thousands of pilgrims who flocked to the Vatican to view the canonization of Popes John Paul II and John XXIII.  Conservatives often point to JPII as a bulwark of the West, an advocate for truth in the modern world.  His contribution was monumental, aiding greatly to the […]

Pope Francis and New Media

We are starting a Catholic newspaper at my campus, where the established paper has published alone for the past 30+ years.  As this is a new concept, we have been very conscious to form our philosophy around the current mission of the Church.  In particular, we found Pope Francis’ address at the 48th World Communications […]