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More Red Tape, More Income Inequality
Jon Sanders, Carolina Journal

The report, “How State Occupational Licensing Hinders Low-Income Entrepreneurship,” by Stephen Slivinski, uses research findings to argue that entrepreneurship can be a ladder out of poverty for low-income individuals as well as a boon to low-income neighborhoods.

Why Natural Law is a Superior Guide to Life
James Kalb, Crisis Magazine

Catholics talk about natural law, but what’s it all about? Basically, it’s a system of principles that guides human life in accordance with our nature and our good, insofar as those can be known by natural reason.

A Free-Market Plan to Save the American West From Drought
Abrahm Lustgarten and Propublica, The Atlantic

A maverick investor is buying up water rights. Will he rescue a region, or just end up hurting the poor?

Is Financial Independence Biblical?
Gisle Sorli, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

At first, this sounds like a good idea. Who doesn’t want to be independent? It has the ring of responsibility to it. But as I’ve learned to integrate biblical thinking about wealth into my work and think about how to best walk with my clients on their journey to God-honoring personal finance and wealth management, I’ve come to ask, “Is financial independence what we really want? Is it biblical? Does it bring joy?”

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).