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Pope Francis, Economics, and Poverty
James V. Schall, S.J., Catholic World Report

Comments made by Cardinal Bergoglio in 2010 shed light on his understanding of capitalism, work, and the poor

Casinos’ worrying knack for consumer manipulation
Tim Harford, The Undercover Economist

The spread of machine gambling offers a portent of other economic developments.

Common Core: Twenty-First Century Peonage
Anthony Esolen, Crisis Magazine

It is a bag of rotten old ideas doused with disinfectant; its assumptions are hostile to classical and Christian approaches to education; it is starkly utilitarian; its self-promotion is sludged up with edu-lingo, thick with verbiage and thin in thought; its drafters have forgotten, if they ever knew, what it is to be a child.

C.S. Lewis on Progress in Economics and Politics
Art Lindsley, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

Lewis also had a great deal to say about “progress” in economics and politics, even though he did not often comment on these topics.

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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