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The Trump-Putin summit: A view from Eastern Europe

American commentary on Trump’s meeting with Vladimir Putin ranges from “a great idea and a good idea” to “treasonous.” But outside the traditional U.S. talking points, an Eastern European leader says the summit was “a missed opportunity” to promote faith and liberty. Continue Reading...

How patents, prizes and subsidies affect idea creation

Note: This is post #85 in a weekly video series on basic economics. The last entry in this series considered how institutions can incentivize the creation of new ideas. Because of this connection, the Founding Fathers wrote a protection mechanism for new ideas into the U.S. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 07.17.18

The Janus Decision Scored a Major Win for Workers’ Rights. Here’s What Should Come Next. David Kreutzer and Rachel Greszler, The Daily Signal Last month’s Supreme Court decision in Janus v. Continue Reading...

5 Facts about Russian President Vladimir Putin

President Donald Trump met today with Vladimir Putin for a summit in Helsinki, Finland. Here are five facts you should know about the powerful and controversial Russian president. 1. Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin was born in Cold War era Russia in 1952. Continue Reading...

How politics becomes religion

In his new article for the Catholic World Report, Samuel Gregg, Research Director for the Acton Institute, argues that many in the world today have replaced politics with religion.  One result of this is disproportionate outrage and scandal over political events, such as Brett Kavanaugh’s recent nomination to the United States Supreme Court. Continue Reading...

The Left’s populist pushback

Simply defined, populism is the rebellion of the common man against the outsiders. This vague definition reflects the reality that there are populists of numerous different political persuasions; at its heart, populism is a strategy, not an ideology. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 07.16.18

What might a socialist American government do? George F. Will, Washington Post At the risk of spoiling the fun — the left’s anticipation of the sunny uplands of social justice; the right’s frisson of foreboding — consider two questions: What is socialism? Continue Reading...