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 12.30.15

Parenting in America Pew Research Center Outlook, worries, aspirations are strongly linked to financial situation How My Mind has Changed on Trade Gideon Strauss, Providence The most significant way in which I’ve changed my mind over the past year has been with regard to the role of the state in governing the international trade of developing economies. Continue Reading...

Discussion Question: What Makes Insider Trading Wrong?

For most of my life, much of what I’ve learned about the world came from watching movies. This was especially true in 1983, when I was in junior high. That was the year I learned about astronauts (The Right Stuff), thermonuclear war (War Games), and ewoks (Return of the Jedi). Continue Reading...

Why Does the New York Times Want to Hurt the Poor?

While it may be difficult to imagine, there was once an era when the New York Times was concerned about the poor. Consider, for example, a 1987 editorial they ran with the headline, “The Right Minimum Wage: $0.00.” As the editors noted at the time, [Raising the minimum wage] would increase unemployment: Raise the legal minimum price of labor above the productivity of the least skilled workers and fewer will be hired. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 12.29.15

Comparative Advantage: An Idea Whose Time Has Passed Michael Munger, Foundation for Economic Education The division of labor is the engine that drives prosperity. Green benefits of school choice Lisa Snell, Orange County Register [A]llowing parents to choose the public, private or charter school that is best for their kids – isn’t just good for education results, but is also good for the environment and can serve as a means to reduce environmental impacts and promote economic revitalization in cities across the nation. Continue Reading...

There is No Free Lunch—or Free Red Tape

It was once a common practice of saloons in America to provide a “free lunch” to patrons who had purchased at least one drink. Many foods on offer were high in salt (ham, cheese, salted crackers, etc.), so those who ate them naturally ended up buying a lot of beer. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 12.28.15

A maverick voice in Russia’s national church loses his job Erasmus, The Economist Contrary to some impressions, Russian Orthodoxy is not, or not yet, a political monolith. Nor is it an army marching in perfect obedience to President Vladimir Putin. Continue Reading...

5 Facts About Christmas

Christmas is the most widely observed cultural holiday in the world. Here are five factsyou should know about the annual commemoration of the birth of Jesus: 1. No one knows what day or month Jesus was born (though some scholars speculate that it was in September). Continue Reading...

Keeping Watch over Their Flock at Night

For this week’s Acton Commentary, we have a Christmas meditation by the Dutch statesman and theologian Abraham Kuyper. If we should ever be envious, shouldn’t we envy the shepherds out in Bethlehem’s fields? Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 12.23.15

Property Rights and Religious Liberty Larry P. Arnn, Imprimis Many Christians, while they cherish religious liberty, seem to believe that property rights, and the commerce that arises from the establishment of property rights, are somehow un-Christian. Continue Reading...

The Most Important (Good) News Story of 2015

From mass shootings to terrorist attacks, political incompetence to racial unrest, there has been no shortage of bad news stories in 2015. Death, destruction, and divisiveness tend to dominate the news cycle, leading us to despair over the direction our world is headed. Continue Reading...