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 11.30.18

What Socialism Owes Christianity David Byrne, Crisis Magazine The Christian wants to bind man to God; The socialist wants to bind man to man. How Government Became the Chief Violator of Property Rights Lawrence J. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 11.29.18

Just Tariff Theory James E. Hartley, Public Discourse The notion that tariffs are bad has been supported by world-renowned economists for centuries. Yet we are currently in the midst of a trade war. Continue Reading...

On #GivingTuesday, avoid benevolent harm

Now that the giving season is upon us we should ask, says Andrew Vanderput in this week’s Acton Commentary, “How can one’s charity actually undermine the causes or people they mean to champion?” When charity is defined as “willing the good of the other,” it ought to necessitate that more reflection and thought be given towards the practical effects of one’s charitable acts. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 11.28.18

Socialism’s Record Has Been Pain, Not Gain (Especially for the Poor) Charles Calomiris, FEE Capitalism, not socialism, has lifted over a billion people out of poverty worldwide since 1990. Consumerism is the enemy of generosity, pope says Junno Arocho Esteves, Crux The desire to spend vast amounts on shopping and needless extravagances can prevent Christians from being generous with others, Pope Francis said. Continue Reading...

What you should know about cyclical unemployment

Note: This is post #102 in a weekly video series on basic economics. Cyclical unemployment is a type of unemployment that is connected to the regular ups and downs—the cyclical trends in growth and recession—that occur within the business cycle. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 11.27.18

Why Spiritual People Are More Inclined to Embrace Free Markets Than Materialists Jon Miltimore, FEE Capitalism, after all, is a system that requires a level of comfort with inequalities in material outcomes. Continue Reading...

Can private charity replace the social safety net?

After Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday comes Giving Tuesday. The Tuesday following Thanksgiving has become the unofficial launch of the charitable season, when many people around the globe focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 11.26.18

The Right Is Wrong to Lose Faith in Economic Growth Michael R. Strain, Bloomberg Opinion Some conservatives forget what is driving gains for low-wage workers. Economic Growth or Environmental Sustainability: Do We Have to Choose? Continue Reading...

Why gratitude is the key to happiness

The one thing all humans have in common is that each of us wants to be happy, says Brother David Steindl-Rast, a Benedictine monk and interfaith scholar. And happiness, he suggests, is born from gratitude. Continue Reading...