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

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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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...

PowerLinks 01.17.18

How Automation Will Change Work, Purpose, and Meaning Robert C. Wolcott, Harvard Business Review The promise of AI and automation raises new questions about the role of work in our lives. Continue Reading...
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Asymmetric information and used cars

Note: This is post #64 in a weekly video series on basic microeconomics. Adverse selection occurs when an offer conveys negative information about what is being offered. For example, in the market for used cars, sellers have more information about the car’s quality than buyers. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 01.16.18

Belief In Government Corruption Is Not a “Religious” Belief Howard Friedman , Religion Clause The Daily Sentinel reports that last Thursday a Colorado federal district court jury found Rocky Hutson guilty on multiple fraud charges. Continue Reading...
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Czech commies want to tax church property stolen by Czech commies

Imagine your property is stolen and then having to have this conversation. Government authorities: “Good news, we recovered your stolen property!” You: “That’s great! When can I get it back?” Gov: “Eh, the bad news is we can only give you back 56 percent of what was stolen.” You: “Well, I guess that’s better than nothing.” Gov: “The good news is that you’ll receive cash as restitution for the rest.” You: “Oh wow. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 01.12.18

Today’s Kids Love Socialism — but It’s Not Because of Their Radical Professors James Piereson and Naomi Schaefer Riley, Manhattan Institute Professors have little influence on student political beliefs compared with peers, ‘student life’ administrators and campus activists. Continue Reading...
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