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John W. Miller is a Pittsburgh-based former Wall Street Journal staff reporter and co-director of the PBS film “Moundsville.”
Michael Rzasa, a Trappist brother, was one of the workers at the Spencer Brewery. (John W. Miller)
Politics & SocietyShort Take
John W. Miller
Belgian-style beers are out and India pale ales rule, so the brothers at St. Joseph‘s Abbey in Massachusetts will need to find other sources of revenue.
Politics & SocietyFeatures
John W. Miller
In the United States, baseball is becoming a mostly white country-club sport for upper-class families to consume, like a snorkeling vacation or a round of golf.
Kane Tanaka, then 116 years old, at a nursing home in Fukuoka, Japan, on March 9, 2019. (Takuto Kaneko/Kyodo News via AP, File)
Politics & SocietyShort Take
John W. Miller
“Please cherish the elderly,” Pope Francis says. “Because they are the presence of history.” Kane Tanaka, who died in April at the age of 119, is an example of what Francis is talking about.
French far-right leader Marine Le Pen arrives at a campaign stop on April 18, 2022, in Saint-Pierre-en-Auge, Normandy. Ms. Le Pen finished strongly with younger voters in the April 10 preliminary election. (AP Photo/Jeremias Gonzalez)
Politics & SocietyShort Take
John W. Miller
If Marine Le Pen pulls off an upset in France next weekend, it may be because young voters do not share their parents’ fears about the far right.
Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels strikes out against the Oakland Athletics during a spring training game on March 28, 2022, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Politics & SocietyShort Take
John W. Miller
It’s time for baseball season, and that means games that are too long, teams that aren’t competitive and the exploitation of minor league players. Blame the major leagues and their monopoly status.
The price for a gallon of regular-grade gasoline is shown at a service station in Denver on March 9, 2022. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Politics & SocietyShort Take
John W. Miller
Our natural impulse is to do whatever it takes to keep gasoline and other prices low. But should it be cheap to further endanger our planet?
Hawk medium-range anti-aircraft missiles, manufactured by the U.S. company Raytheon. (iStock/ewg3D)
Politics & SocietyShort Take
John W. Miller
When war erupts, the weapons industry benefits from the fears that motivate politicians to budget more money for the military—and investors to sink more capital into armaments.
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Politics & SocietyShort Take
John W. Miller
Virtual reality is taking off, and it is more than a game: The metaverse promises relief from human pain and longing. But can it become just another addiction?
A hiring sign hangs in the window of a Taco Bell in Sacramento, Calif. on July 15, 2021. The Covid-19 pandemic’s “Great Resignation” has shown that workers have more power than they had realized. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
Politics & SocietyShort Take
John W. Miller
Last year, a record 47 million Americans quit their jobs, and it was not because of laziness. Here are five major reasons for what is being called The Great Resignation.
Tony Annett says Catholic social teaching offers “a middle road people can agree on between the twin rocks of shipwreck, communism and libertarianism” (photo: AP/CNS/America).
Politics & SocietyThe Moral Economy
John W. Miller
I spent the past year writing about the economy through the lens of Catholic social teaching. Here’s what I learned.