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PowerLinks 07.05.12

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Why free enterprise is about morals, not materialism
Arthur C. Brooks,

It’s not an easy time to be a free enterprise advocate in America. For years, we thought we had won. After all, almost no self-respecting public figures call themselves socialists anymore.

How to Put a Waitress Out of Work
Michael Saltsman, Wall Street Journal

When the government forces restaurants to pay servers more, jobs and tip income go down.

Philanthropy and State Power
Greg Forster, First Things

Obviously we’ve all been thinking a lot lately about Tocqueville’s problem of the democratic state recognizing no other institutions as roughly coequal sources of social legitimacy and power. Society needs what Neuhaus and Berger called “mediating institutions” that preserve some social space between the state and the individual.

Africa’s Looming Food Crisis Could Affect 18 Million People
Isobel Coleman, The Atlantic

Drought, political instability, poor harvests, and bad policies are setting up the Sahel region for disaster.

Joe Carter Joe Carter is a Senior Editor at the Acton Institute. Joe also serves as an editor at the The Gospel Coalition, a communications specialist for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, and as an adjunct professor of journalism at Patrick Henry College. He is the editor of the NIV Lifehacks Bible and co-author of How to Argue like Jesus: Learning Persuasion from History's Greatest Communicator (Crossway).