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).

Posts by Joe Carter

Ending America’s bigoted education laws

When James Blaine introduced his ill-fated constitutional amendment in 1875, he probably never would have imagined the unintended consequences it would have over a hundred years later. Blaine wanted to prohibit the use of state funds at “sectarian” schools (a code word for Catholic parochial schools) in order to inhibit immigration. Continue Reading...

Asymmetric information in health insurance

Note: This is post #65 in a weekly video series on basic microeconomics. In this video by Marginal Revolution University, Tyler Cowen discusses asymmetric information, adverse selection, and propitious selection in relation to the market for health insurance. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 01.23.18

Why the government shutdown actually costs money Danny Vinik, Politico Turning off the lights and locking the doors could cost taxpayers billions of dollars. How to Root Out Corruption Without Introducing More Tyler Cowen, Bloomberg View The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act is open to political abuse, but that’s no reason to scrap it. Continue Reading...
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What you should know about Jubilee Years

The Year of Jubilee, by Henry Le Jeune (1905)   One of the earliest economic programs mentioned in the Bible is the Year of Jubilee. In the Jubilee Year, as William Baur explains, all land would automatically revert to its original owner (Leviticus 25:10; 25:13), and those who, compelled by poverty, had sold themselves as slaves to their brothers, should regain their liberty (Leviticus 25:10; 25:39). Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 01.22.18

How a Charity Uses Fake Money and Auction Markets to Help Feed America Lawrence J. McQuillan, The Beacon The new system works so well that it convinced a skeptical socialist that he was wrong: market incentives can allocate food better than central command and control. Continue Reading...
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Why government is not just a necessary evil

In the Federalist Papers James Madison claimed that, “If men were angels, no government would be necessary.” But is that true? James R. Rogers, an associate professor of political science at Texas A&M University, explains why some form of government would be necessary even if man were still in a prelapsarian state of nature: [E]ven without the Fall, there would be a role for civil government for the duly recognized person who exercises civil authority. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 01.19.18

No One Wants Your Used Clothes Anymore Adam Minter, Bloomberg View A once-virtuous cycle is breaking down. What now? Solving the Mystery of Altruism Regis Nicoll, Crisis Magazine The yawning gap between ought and is attests that we are not evolved as genetic automatons but, rather, we are created as free-willed agents. Continue Reading...
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PowerLinks 01.18.18

A Very Bad Bargain Editorial Board, Wall Street Journal A Cornell study says students suffer from collective bargaining. Rule of Law: Order Versus Justice Randall Holcombe, The Beacon Rule of law removes the opportunity to prosper through connections and cronyism, and creates opportunities to prosper through mutually-advantageous exchange. Continue Reading...
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Explainer: What you should know about a government shutdown

Why is there talk about a government shutdown? In December Congress passed the Further Additional Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018 (H.R. 1370) which provides non-discretionary funding through January 19, 2018. Because that Act expires at midnight on Friday, Congress must pass a new continuing appropriations act to keep the government operating. Continue Reading...