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Is Liberty “Natural”?
Hans Eicholz, Library of Law and Liberty

Everywhere the idea of liberty has simply become confused, even deranged. The pieces of a once-glorious tradition have been shattered, and the shards have been taken up as dueling implements in an all-out street fight, as right is pitted against right, freedom against freedom.

The next big sin tax could be aimed at meat
Chase Purdy, Quartz

It’s a controversial question that sits at the intersection of climate change, public health, animal agriculture, and governance: Should eating meat be considered in the same category as cigarettes and alcohol, taxed for their inherent sinfulness?

Five myths about bitcoin
Joseph Bonneau and Steven Goldfeder, Washington Post

No, the currency isn’t beyond the reach of the law, and it won’t replace cash.

Far more Americans say there are strong conflicts between partisans than between other groups in society
John Gramlich, Pew Research

Americans are far more likely to say there are strong conflicts between Democrats and Republicans in U.S. society today than to say the same thing about blacks and whites, the rich and the poor, and other social groups.

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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).