Writings

Rod’s more formal writings: op-eds and longer articles, originally printed in a wide variety of publications. (For his many less formal pieces, please see Rod’s Blog.)

Movieguide

Auteur filmmaker Darren Aronofsky may well have produced his masterpiece in Noah, a cinematic and – astonishingly, for a self-proclaimed unbeliever – theological tour de force. But it’s not for everyone.  Definitely not.  As in, repeat after me three times:  “It’s an art film.  It’s an art film.  It’s an art film.”  And if your [...]

Catholic Online

by Deal Hudson WASHINGTON, DC (Catholic Online) – After my column arguing that “cultural conservatism” should supplant social conservatism, the man whom I regard as the most important Catholic layman in the nation emailed to say, Agreed.the social speaks to institutions; the culture to norms and values. It’s the latter that molds the former. Another [...]

Our libertarian friends frequently take an “anything goes” approach to public morality, asserting that it is not the state’s business what an individual chooses to do, particularly so long as it does not directly infringe on someone else’s rights. I generally agree with this.  But America’s Founders did not seek to establish an “anything goes” [...]

This is my end-of-year review of the best books I read this year.  They weren’t all published in 2013 (though some were), nor are they everything I read in 2013; but I did read them in 2013 and hope you will read them in 2014. Moreover, I am leaving out the Bible, which is obviously [...]

ZEDE: Zonas de Empleo y Desarrollo Economico

Editor’s Note: This piece was originally published as the lead article at ZEDE: Zonas de Empleo y Desarrollo Económico, in Spanish. Please enjoy the English version, as originally written by Rod. The Spanish translation follows. We encourage you to visit the original. Sometimes world-changing innovation isn’t just some new technology. Indeed, some of the most important innovations aren’t technological at [...]

But For One Good Teacher

by Rod D. Martin on 4 November 2013

It was 33 years and a couple of weeks ago, the air crisp in that first blush of “football weather.” Ozark’s Elgin B. Milton Elementary School, a sprawling one-story complex of mostly cinder block and metal construction with a touch of brick here and there, lots of windows, no air conditioning, and more than a [...]

In what could well be enough to make Wendy Davis’s head pop, a new Quinnipiac poll finds that 60 percent of women support the sort of abortion ban after 20 weeks (or five months) of pregnancy just enacted in Texas. Contemporaneous polls from ABC News-Washington Post and The National Journal find similar results. This is [...]

Forbes

Forbes Magazine By Eric Jackson & Rod Martin August 15, 2013 The Steve Jobs biopic (Jobs) premiers August 16th, lionizing the late Apple CEO, who revolutionized every field he touched, founded the legendary Apple Computer, and made it the most valuable company in history. But Jobs’ legacy would be very different without one man:  Gilbert [...]

Center for Security Policy

Forty-six years after the Six Day War, its memory invariably produces a deluge of propaganda attacking “the Zionist Entity” and promoting “an independent Palestine”, restricted to the territories Israel took in 1967 (for English-speaking audiences), or “driving the last Jew into the sea” (in Arabic and Persian).  Lost in the din are some particularly “inconvenient [...]

The Supreme Court’s ruling today striking down pre-clearance under the Voting Rights Act of 1965 isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.  In the words of the Washington Examiner story describing the decision, “The court ruling leaves the preclearance tools in place, but eliminates the formula Congress used to decide who had to go through the special [...]

Daily Caller

This week, the new Pope gave his first major speech on economics to a group of foreign ambassadors to the Vatican.  In it, he demanded more government control over the economy, decried the gap between rich and poor, and called on the world’s leaders to end “the tyranny of money.” This is most unfortunate, not [...]

Dr. Thom Rainer writes a piece this morning entitled “The Unspoken Tension Between (Some) Pastors and (Some) Laity”. It points out some of the growing problems between the two groups, and provides solid pastoral counsel about how to deal with a growing illness that needs to be stopped if not cured. Nevertheless, I believe Dr. Rainer’s post misses two bigger icebergs crashing into our churches, their point of contact centered clearly at the pulpit.

Fox Business

Gil Amelio and Rod D. Martin interviewed by Dennis Kneale of MarketsNow on Fox Business, on the emerging biotechnology sector in Atlanta, Georgia. They discuss the advantages in Atlanta, exciting breakthroughs toward a cure for fatty liver disease happening now, and how the best in biotechnology is centering on Atlanta, right now.   Gil Amelio is [...]

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by Gilbert F. Amelio and Rod D. Martin | America’s Founders sought to unleash the creative energies of every citizen, not just the privileged few.  They created a system designed to encourage and protect commerce and innovation; and indeed, many of them were entrepreneurs and inventors themselves. Alexis de Tocqueville described the new nation essentially as [...]