Acton Institute PowerBlog

PowerLinks 12.27.17

A knock against unions could boost public workers’ rights
George F. Will, Washington Post

The U.S. Supreme Court probably will overturn a 1977 ruling that extracting compulsory union “agency fees” from public employees does not violate their First Amendment rights if the fees do not finance political activities.

The moral fabric and social norms
Karlyn Bowman and Eleanor O’Neil, AEI

In the January issue of AEI’s Political Report, we look at how the public assesses the country’s moral fabric and how public views are changing on the moral acceptability of various behaviors and issues.

What Tax Reform Will Bring
Mickey D. Levy, Economics21

The tax reform legislation will have larger positive impacts on economic performance—including business investment, employment, and wages—than the consensus and the Federal Reserve currently forecast.

Ten years in, nobody has come up with a use for blockchain
Kai Stinchcombe, Hakernoon

Everyone says the blockchain, the technology underpinning cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin, is going to change EVERYTHING. And yet, after years of tireless effort and billions of dollars invested, nobody has actually come up with a use for the blockchain—besides currency speculation and illegal transactions.