Worth Reading - 2/20

Before it became a university in 1967, Wake Forest was a college, and sure enough, it was located in the bucolic town of Wake Forest.

“The college was such a size and the town was such a size that everybody knew almost everybody else,” says Wilson, who was a student there from 1939 to 1943. “You felt always as if you were walking and living among friends.”

The town’s charm endures to this day, but during a period of great national transition in the 1930s and ’40s, a lot more than quaint storefronts and quiet streets was required of a community for it to support and sustain such an institution, especially one tight on cash.

2. Remember a few months ago when violence in Ukraine was a big concern? The trouble still hasn't gone away. Here is a view from the inside:

Ukrainian soldiers remember the onslaught that rained down on their positions from the middle of July 2014 onwards. Time and again they came under fire from Grad missiles and artillery shells. Now it appears that at least some of those attacks were carried out from across the Russian border.

Denys, a former fighter of the 72nd Mechanized Brigade and resident of the Kiev region, spent more than a month between July and August at a Ukrainian army stronghold near the city of Chervonopartyzansk in the Luhansk region, near the Russian border.

He says he knows for sure that out of about 500 soldiers who were together with him there, about 10 were killed. “In fact all of us had wounds of various degrees of severity,” he says. He believes total casualties in his brigade over that period amounted to hundreds of people.

3. Economic freedom leads to prosperity. The Daily Signal provides 13 graphs that show how free particular countries are:

The annual index, now in its 21st year, is a guide for measuring improvements in 186 countries’ economic freedom. This year’s index put the United States 12th on the list.

According to Anthony B. Kim, the Index’s co-editor, the index tracks four primary areas:

1. Rule of law (property rights, freedom from corruption)

2. Government size (fiscal freedom, government spending)

3. Regulatory efficiency (business freedom, labor freedom, and monetary freedom)

4. Market openness (trade freedom, investment freedom, financial freedom)

4. The window for freedom of conscience in the medical profession, including the practice medicine according to the HHippocratic oath, is diminishing, according to First Things: 

Hippocratic-believing professionals, such as faithful Catholics and Muslims, are increasingly being pressured to practice medicine without regard to their personal faith or conscience beliefs. This moral intolerance is slowly being imbedded into law. Victoria, Australia, for example, legally requires all doctors to perform—or be complicit in—abortions: If a patient requests a legal termination and the doctor has moral qualms, he is required to refer her to a colleague who will do the deed.

Such laws are a prescription for medical martyrdom, by which I mean doctors being forced to choose between adhering to their faith or moral code and remaining in their profession. Some have already suffered for their beliefs. During a speaking tour of Australia in 2010, I met doctors who had moved from their homes in Victoria to escape the abortion imposition. I asked them what they would do if Victoria’s law were to go national. “Quit medicine,” they all said, or move to another country.
Human trafficking is increasingly gaining public awareness. Law enforcement, social workers, first responders – all are beginning to receive training regarding human trafficking. And that’s all very good.

But it’s hardly enough.

It is much easier to help a person in a high-risk situation avoid trafficking than to try and put a human being back together after they’ve been brutalized by traffickers. Individuals, communities, church and charitable organizations must all learn what situations in their own areas put people at risk for trafficking, and work to correct those situations.