The Power of Constitutional Government

It’s been a while but thought this might be enjoyed. Here is an article in the Austin American Statesman I coauthored with Ron Trowbridge.  The idea is that a strong constitutional order can withstand any single individual’s assault—even Trump or Clinton. But the choice resides within the people whether they assert their power.

Why enough is never enough

The peer-reviewed “Journal of Markets and Morality” has just published my piece. If your library, or you, have access to this journal I hope you find the read interesting. Let me know.

Why Enough Is Never Enough: John Locke, Rene Girard, and Money
John Locke’s influential account of how humans develop money and acquire property lacks an explanation of why individuals feel the need to increase their material possessions. Rene Girard’s theory of mimetic desire can fill this void. Combining Locke with Girard will help show why money overwhelms a sense of ethics or morality within the individual and why laws are insufficient restraints on men’s behavior within this realm.

Kyle Scott, “Why Enough Is Never Enough: John Locke, Rene Girard, and Money,” Journal of Markets & Morality 16, no. 2 (Fall 2013): 487-505

Power starts at the local level

Here is an oped I wrote with John Theis of LSC-Kingwood.

While we lament the decline of civil discourse and participation in civic life, we often overlook how we can reverse these trends by focusing on what happens in our own backyard. If we can improve the quality of our discourse and increase our levels of meaningful participation, then positive political change will result. The improvements will not happen overnight nor will they happen on a grand scale, but they can occur if we shift our gaze to ourselves and our local communities. There is no need to let the polarization and partisan bickering in Washington deter us from making meaningful change and elevating our discourse at the local level.