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Why So Many Millennials Are Socialists
Emily Ekins and Joy Pullmann, The Federalist

Septuagenarian presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has been capitalizing on young people’s lack of knowledge and life experience to sell them a bill of rotten goods.

The Rise of Crony Capitalism
Jonathan Macey, Hoover Institute

The primary form of corruption in these nations is crony capitalism. In poor countries, businesses cannot be started or maintained without the existence of a close relationship between entrepreneurs and government officials. There is often favoritism in the granting of building and other sorts of permits, government grants, special tax breaks, and other activities of the regulatory state.

What the Death of Justice Antonin Scalia Means for Religious Liberty
Emma Green, The Atlantic

The staunchly Catholic U.S. Supreme Court justice was known for his acidly conservative opinions, but ultimately, he prioritized the Constitution over the Church.

Islamic Declaration Offers Slim Religious Freedom Hope
Andrew E. Harrod, Juicy Ecumenism

Observers maintained great expectation for the Marrakesh Declaration, which declared that the Charter of Medina “is an embodiment of the fundamental values of the Quran and prominent Islamic values” and “the constitution of a multi-racial and multi-faith society.” Unfortunately, this Islamic declaration published on January 27 regarding the Rights of Religious Minorities in Predominantly Muslim Majority Communities raises more questions than answers in a self-proclaimed attempt to anchor religious freedom in Islamic doctrine.

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).


  • Yep. What we need is more socialism. Bernie will get it right this time, eh? >>> In his 2008 book, “Tombstone,” the writer, Yang Jisheng, showed how the deaths of 36 million people during the 1958-62 famine, one of the worst man-made disasters in history, were a result of disastrous government policies under Mao. The book, published after Mr. Yang left Xinhua in 2001, is banned in China. He said by telephone from Beijing on Tuesday that officials from the agency had met with him, telling him he was forbidden to travel to Harvard. Chinese Writer Says He’s Forbidden From Traveling to U.S. for Harvard Prize