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How a Disaster’s Economic Impacts Are Calculated
Alana Semuels, The Atlantic

Providing an early estimate of a storm’s costs is generally a pretty rough science, and Harvey is a particularly tough case.

Brother Martin’s Transformative Message For Work
Greg Forster, Christian History

In the late Middle Ages…people who dedicated their lives to church work—the priests—were often viewed as the only people who were following a calling from God full time. Others could get connected to God only by going to the priests.

9 questions about the Democratic Socialists of America you were too embarrassed to ask
Jeff Stein, Vox

Like most socialist organizations, DSA believes in the abolition of capitalism in favor of an economy run either by “the workers” or the state — though the exact specifics of “abolishing capitalism” are fiercely debated by socialists.

Equal by Catastrophe
Victor Davis Hanson, Inference Review

In his new book, Walter Scheidel offers a simple, though jarring, story of how past societies struggled with inequality. The Great Leveler is a cautionary tale to policy makers who believe in economic redistribution as a means to level the playing field.

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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