Rev. Ben Johnson

Rev. Ben Johnson is Senior Editor at the Acton Institute.

Posts by Rev. Ben Johnson

Should we be worried about inequality?

Inequality has become the West’s all-consuming focus. Economic inequality has become the prism through which the media report on every story from the annual Oxfam report and Davos forum to last night’s State of the Union address, health care, gender relations, blockchain – even the proper amount of homework to assign and whether parents should read their children bedtime stories. Continue Reading...

Preventing the next Carillion: Philip Booth

The UK has been transfixed by the collapse of Carillion, a construction company which, at the time of its collapse, employed 43,000 employees (20,000 in the UK) and was contracted to carry out 450 projects for the UK government. Continue Reading...

What if Davos Man got baptized?

The World Economic Forum is taking place this week in Davos, Switzerland. The meetings are dominated by a class of individual that the late Samuel Huntington named “Davos Man”: cosmopolitan, secular, and having self-consciously purged every hint of such parochial ties as tradition or particularity. Continue Reading...

Davos: Increase EU power, even if EU members disagree

The president of France said the Europe Union should press forward with concentrating power over political and economic issues in its own hands, even if its 27 member states dissent. Only a continent-wide supranational government would allow Europe to rival the United States and rising Asian economies, Emmanuel Macron told attendees of the World Economic Forum in Davos on Wednesday. Continue Reading...

Pope Francis on ‘the entrepreneurial world,’ human dignity, and family at Davos

Thousands of world leaders have gathered in the Swiss Alps, as the four-day-long World Economic Forum began today in Davos. Among the messages the elites heard was one written by Pope Francis which touched on the importance of family, human dignity, and the role of “the entrepreneurial world” in fulfilling the “moral imperative” to create an uplifting economy for all. Continue Reading...

The 5 biggest problems with Oxfam’s 2018 income inequality report

Oxfam has just released its annual report, and the media have dutifully covered its conclusion that “82% of all growth in global wealth in the last year went to the top 1%, while the bottom half of humanity saw no increase at all.” Here are five significant concerns every Christian should have with it: Inequality is not the same as poverty The report admits, “Between 1990 and 2010, the number of people living in extreme poverty (i.e. Continue Reading...

The euro, Brussels, and the Russian bear

  The government of Poland is part of the new surge of populism, openly defying the European Union on numerous policy fronts and rebuffing calls for an “ever-closer union.” So, why did its prime minister recently raise the possibility of adopting the euro? Continue Reading...

Macron’s Orwellian fake news fix

“On January 3, during his first press event of the new year, French President Emmanuel Macron presented a proposal intended to ‘protect the democratic life’ of France from ‘fake news,’” writes Marcin Rzegocki in this week’s Acton Commentary. Continue Reading...