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Why government is not just a necessary evil

In the Federalist Papers James Madison claimed that, “If men were angels, no government would be necessary.” But is that true? James R. Rogers, an associate professor of political science at Texas A&M University, explains why some form of government would be necessary even if man were still in a prelapsarian state of nature: [E]ven without the Fall, there would be a role for civil government for the duly recognized person who exercises civil authority. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 01.19.18

No One Wants Your Used Clothes Anymore Adam Minter, Bloomberg View A once-virtuous cycle is breaking down. What now? Solving the Mystery of Altruism Regis Nicoll, Crisis Magazine The yawning gap between ought and is attests that we are not evolved as genetic automatons but, rather, we are created as free-willed agents. Continue Reading...
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PowerLinks 01.18.18

A Very Bad Bargain Editorial Board, Wall Street Journal A Cornell study says students suffer from collective bargaining. Rule of Law: Order Versus Justice Randall Holcombe, The Beacon Rule of law removes the opportunity to prosper through connections and cronyism, and creates opportunities to prosper through mutually-advantageous exchange. Continue Reading...
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Macron’s Orwellian fake news fix

“On January 3, during his first press event of the new year, French President Emmanuel Macron presented a proposal intended to ‘protect the democratic life’ of France from ‘fake news,’” writes Marcin Rzegocki in this week’s Acton Commentary. Continue Reading...

Explainer: What you should know about a government shutdown

Why is there talk about a government shutdown? In December Congress passed the Further Additional Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018 (H.R. 1370) which provides non-discretionary funding through January 19, 2018. Because that Act expires at midnight on Friday, Congress must pass a new continuing appropriations act to keep the government operating. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 01.17.18

How Automation Will Change Work, Purpose, and Meaning Robert C. Wolcott, Harvard Business Review The promise of AI and automation raises new questions about the role of work in our lives. Continue Reading...
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The 2 things that can help Africans prosper

For too long, the West’s policy toward Africa could be summed up in two words: foreign aid. Somehow, temporary funds transfers – many of which never reach their recipient country and end up in the pockets of well-connected Western professionals – would solve structural development issues. Continue Reading...