Quote of the Day: Garry Wills

[The] “natural law” was fallen back on [by Catholic bishops], saying that the natural purpose of sex is procreation, and any use of it for other purposes is “unnatural.” But a primary natural purpose does not of necessity exclude ancillary advantages. The purpose of eating is to sustain life, but that does not make all eating that is not necessary to subsistence “unnatural.” One can eat, beyond the bare minimum to exist, to express fellowship, as one can have sex, beyond the begetting of a child with each act, to express love.

— Garry Wills (New York Review of Books)

Best of the Week: September 12-18, 2010

10. Freedom, Democracy, and Human Rights in Syria — Robert Fisk
9. When the Economy Needs a Brave and Smiley Face — Tyler Cowen
8. State and Local Public Employees Undercompensated — Economic Policy Institute and The Shortcomings of Using States for Federal Macroeconomic Fiscal Policy — Robert P. Inman
7. Stealing Newman — Garry Wills and Iraq’s Ignored Victims — Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick
6. The Two Categories of American Corporations and Their Politics — Robert Reich and When Everybody Exports, Nobody Wins — Simon Kennedy
5. Lessons from the Great Depression — Kevin O’Rourke and Study Finds CEO Salaries Increase with Layoffs — Nadia Prupis
4. This Is Basel III?? — Richard Smith and Third Time’s the Charm? and Risk and Regulation — Noah Millman
3. Why We Can’t Ignore Growing Income Inequality, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, and Part 9 — Timothy Noah
2. Take a Walk on the Supply Side: Tax Cuts on Profits, Savings, and the Wealthy Fail to Spur Economic Growth — Michael Ettlinger & John S. Irons
1. Does the U.S. Really Want Talks with the Taliban to Succeed? — Conn Hallinan
BONUS: We Only Trust Experts If They Agree with Us — Christie Nicholson

Best of the Week: September 13-19, 2009