Acton Institute Powerblog

Update: Acton Video Short Gathers Attention

Share this article:
Join the Discussion:

First posted on the PowerBlog by Brittany Hunter, and picked up by a number of other prominent blogs, the “How Not to Help the Poor” Acton video short has collected over eight thousand YouTube hits. The video has only been on the YouTube site for just over a couple of weeks. The clip is from the Acton Institute’s Effective Stewardship Curriculum titled “Fellow Man.”

Andrew Sullivan at The Daily Dish also posted and commented on “How Not to Help the Poor” last week.

The strength of the clip is the focus on the power of faith, families, and people in relationship fighting poverty compared to the moral and economic bankruptcy of the collectivist minded “War on Poverty.”

Ray Nothstine is opinion editor of the the North State Journal in Raleigh, North Carolina. Previously, he was managing editor of Acton Institute's Religion & Liberty quarterly. In 2005 Ray graduated with a Master of Divinity (M.Div) degree from Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Ky. He also holds a B.A. in Political Science from The University of Mississippi in Oxford.


  • The strength of this video is that you have black men telling the truth.
    Get a bunch of white dudes up there saying the same things and nobody notices.

  • Tracy

    All the selected individuals from this you tube insert are primary leaders and influential people who help the poor on a daily basis. The selection of race has nothing to do with influences the public on meeting the poor. I think it is because the economic factors facing the nation today, has increase interest in helping the poor. So many Americans today know personally what it is like to lose their home or lose their job. Most Americans have become sensitive to wanting to help the needs of the poor at least in this country.

    One question I had about the clip what are some specific examples that don’t help the situation? For example, one speaker said He could write a whole book on good intentions that don’t help the situation.