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Where Money Meets Morality

How can one defend “just weights and measures” while advancing a policy that would have the money supply altered—distorting its true value—by majority vote?

Is Meritocracy A Sham?
Walter Russell Mead, The American Interest

[T]here are certain consequences of success in a meritocracy that put people, and especially American people, without a strong religious faith at great risk, and I think we can see today in American life some of the consequences that come when a powerful but to some degree godless social elite lacks the spiritual resources and vocabulary that would better equip it for its role.

Faith and War: How Christians Debated the Cold and Vietnam Wars
Reviewed by Jill Gill, H-Net Reviews

Christians spanning the conservative-to-liberal theological spectrum both supported and criticized the Cold and Vietnam wars, yet until recently few scholars have tried to tackle that daunting subject in a comprehensive manner.

Why is Economics so Confusing?
Economics for Everybody

First, most people only hear little bits and pieces, and so don’t see how everything fits together. This can be extremely confusing. How does employment relate to interest rates? How do interest rates relate to recessions? And what are they really talking about anyway on CNBC?

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).

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