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

PowerLinks 09.21.18

Global poverty reduction is slowing down Dan Kopf, Quartz From 2002 to 2013, global poverty declined at a breakneck speed. The number of people in extreme poverty, according to the World Bank, fell from about 1.6 billion to 800 million over that time, even as the world’s population grew. Continue Reading...

Philadelphia ends ‘policing for profit’ program

The News: The city of Philadelphia ended a four-year lawsuit involving what critics said was “policing for profit.” According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, “Philadelphia officials on Tuesday pledged to reform the city’s  civil forfeiture program, which had been used to seize thousands of homes and vehicles and millions of dollars in cash from criminal suspects — and in some cases from people never charged with a crime.” The Background: Civil asset forfeiture is a controversial legal tool that allows law enforcement officials to seize property they claim has been involved in specific criminal activity. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 09.20.18

Generals urge Trump not to ‘retreat’ on foreign aid Josh Rogin, Washington Post President Trump often touts his efforts to increase military funding, but the nation’s leading senior active and retired military officers are increasingly arguing for the United States to spend more on preventing wars rather than fighting them — the opposite of the White House’s proposed approach. Continue Reading...

5 Facts about Jewish High Holy Days

The Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah ended last week, and the holy day of Yom Kippur ends tonight at sundown (see also: FAQ: What is Yom Kippur?). Here are five facts you should know about the High Holy Days on the Jewish calendar: 1. Continue Reading...

A Jewish perspective on market, justice, and charity

“Not a day goes by when there’s not some concern raised about the state of the economy and how people are faring,” says Curt Biren in this week’s Acton Commentary. “While recent economic growth has been promising, wage growth is lackluster, many say.” The middle class is shrinking. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 09.19.18

By 2025, machines will do more work than humans, a new report says Simone Stolzoff, Quartz A report from the World Economic Forum released today (Sep. 17), forecasts that machines will perform more than half of all “work tasks” by 2025, compared to just 29% today, which will lead to the displacement of 75 million jobs between now and 2022. Continue Reading...

How expert are expert stock pickers?

Note: This is post #93 in a weekly video series on basic economics. In his 1973 book, A Random Walk Down Wall Street, economist Burton Malkiel made a controversial claim: a blindfolded monkey, throwing darts at the financial pages, could select a basket of stocks that would do just as well as a set chosen by the pros. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 09.18.18

Partnership or Paternalism? Stewardship Lessons from “Poverty, Inc.” Baylee Molloy, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics The call to help the poor should not be seen through the lens of paternalism and power, but through partnership and humility. Continue Reading...

How Trump’s tariffs hurt Michigan industry

“President Donald Trump’s continued embrace of tariffs spells danger for Michigan,” says Tyler Groenendal in an op-ed for the Detroit Times. Groenendal, the foundation relations coordinator at the Acton Institute, says though Trump is noted for his “America First” refrain, his call for tariffs will ultimately hurt America the most: Michigan is particularly vulnerable to the consequences of protectionism. Continue Reading...