Weekend Reads – June 18, 2011

Here are four articles/posts from this week that you should read. These are the best of the best of what I’ve read in the areas of politics, economics, Christianity, and leadership:

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Politics – “The union-owned Democrats” – by Charles Krauthammer at The Washington Post.  Krauthammer chronicles a litany of economically ruinous actions that unions are pursuing around the country, including blocking free trade agreements, preventing Boeing from doing business where it wants, and blocking state legislatures from doing their business.  He writes that “unions need Democrats—who deliver quite faithfully,” and that “Democrats need unions.”

Economics – “The Costs of the New Sexual Economy” – by Collette Caprara at The Foundry.    VIDEO INCLUDED.  Caprara writes about a recent presentation by Mark Regnerus, who has a new book called “Premarital Sex in America: How Young Americans Meet, Mate, and Think About Marrying.”  Regnerus talks about the new sexual economy, in which the “currency” of sexual relationships that males offer include commitment, fidelity and care.  He says that the “price” of a sexual relationship has decreased significantly, and there are a myriad of hidden “costs” to the new sexual economy.

Christianity – “Succession Plans and Growing Older” – by Justin Taylor at The Gospel Coalition.  In this video, three prominent leaders in Protestant Christianity—John Piper (of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota), Tim Keller (of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City), and D.A. Carson (of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois)—talk about how they do succession planning.

Leadership – “Make Time for What Matters Before It’s Too Late” – by John Baldoni at The Conversation at HBR.org.  Baldoni talks to young, emerging leaders when he exhorts,

Prepare for the future now. There is a misperception that legacy is something reserved for the CEO and his or her team in their last year at the top. No, you begin to create your legacy your first day on the job — and you build on it with every accomplishment over your career. (You also scuff up that legacy with mistakes you make, too.)

He gives three things that emerging leaders can do to prepare for the future, and make time for what matters.

Bonus Link – “NPR Talks about redefining ‘personhood’” – by Kacie Mann at The Well Thought-Out Life.  Kacie has dealt with the issue of personhood (as it relates to the abortion debate) several times.  She listens regularly to NPR (poor soul), and found a feature piece that they did on the definition of personhood.

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