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).

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PowerLinks 05.12.17

6 facts about U.S. mothers Pew Research Here are some key findings about American mothers and motherhood from Pew Research Center reports. Wegmans Among Businesses Putting Catholic Social Teaching to Good Use Peter Jesserer Smith, National Catholic Register Supermarket chain is one of a number of companies that are living out Church principles by putting the dignity of the person at the center of their business plans. Continue Reading...
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PowerLinks 05.11.17

Bring Back Free Market Environmentalism Lindsay Marchello, RealClearPolicy Many liberals believe the government is crucial for protecting the environment. But is government really the best means for achieving this goal? What Catholic Social Thought Teaches About Conservatism Stephen M. Continue Reading...
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The disordered soul of Frank Underwood

“Frank Underwood, masterfully played by the award-winning Kevin Spacey, embodies the corruption that so often attends to the pursuit of political power,” says Jordan Ballor in this week’s Acton Commentary, “and as the new season nears it’s worth looking back at where it all began for Francis and Claire Underwood.” In their review of the show’s first season, David Corbin and Alissa Wilkinson rightly observe that the example of Frank Underwood provides an important negative lesson about the need for faithful and faith-filled politicians. Continue Reading...

Understanding the President’s Cabinet: Attorney General

Note: This is post #16 in a weekly series of explanatory posts on the officials and agencies included in the President’s Cabinet. See the series introduction here. Dept. of Justice logo / DOJ.gov Cabinet position: Attorney General Department: Department of Justice Current Secretary: Jeff Sessions Succession: The Attorney General is seventh in the presidential line of succession. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 05.10.17

Occupational Licensing Doesn’t Protect Who You Think It Protects Jason Sorens, FEE Do occupational licensing laws protect you from unscrupulous and unqualified practitioners? Or do they just protect the current practitioners against new competition? Continue Reading...
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What is comparative advantage?

Note: This is post #32 in a weekly video series on basic microeconomics. What is comparative advantage? And why is it important to trade? In this video by Marginal Revolution University, economist Don Boudreaux guides us through a specific example surrounding Tasmania — an island off the coast of Australia that experienced the miracle of growth in reverse. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 05.09.17

Why Conservatives Should Be Environmentalists Nathan J. Beacom, Public Discourse Environmentalism makes us loyal to one another in a fundamental way, points us to values beyond mere utility, and directs us back to the natural order of which we are a part. Continue Reading...
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How God makes a loaf of bread

Economist Russ Roberts has produced a charming new video, “It’s a Wonderful Loaf”,that reveals the “hidden harmony that is all around us.” In the animated poem, Roberts looks at the “seemingly magical ways” that we anticipate and meet the needs of each other without anyone being in charge. Continue Reading...