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 – 07.06.12

The Ideal Economy of Wilhelm Roepke Ralph E. Ancil, The Imaginative Conservative We are often told that among the great benefits of our modern capitalist economy are our expanded choice, free­dom, and power to get what we want. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 07.05.12

Why free enterprise is about morals, not materialism Arthur C. Brooks, FoxNews.com It’s not an easy time to be a free enterprise advocate in America. For years, we thought we had won. Continue Reading...

The Declaration’s Great Defender

My fellow members in the Calvin Coolidge Fan Club will appreciate Julia Shaw’s great article explaining why “the man remembered as ‘Silent Cal’ is one of the most eloquent voices for the great and enduring principles expressed in our Declaration of Independence.” Historians remember Calvin Coolidge as saying the “chief business of the American people is business,” a quote that’s frequently taken out of context. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 07.03.12

I Was Hungry and You … Called Your Congressman Kristin Rudolph, Juicy Ecumenism Since the federal budget debate began to heat up in the spring and summer of 2011, a group of religious activists formed a “Circle of Protection” with the purpose of lobbying President Obama and Congress to avoid cutting funding for welfare programs. Continue Reading...

Collective Action and the Declaration of Independence

“Modern Americans read the Declaration of Independence too individualistically,” says James R. Rogers. “We think of it as a revolt against high taxes and big government.” Take the Declaration’s best-known complaint against the King, “for imposing taxes on us without our consent.” This is not about high taxes. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks – 07.02.12

Jerry Ford, Faith, Free Markets and Michael Novak in Grand Rapids Mark Tooley, Juicy Ecumenism The rebirth of American confidence and prosperity was fueled by new intellectual ammunition for democracy and free markets. Continue Reading...

The True Social Contract

Uncontrolled public debt threatens to rupture society, says Niall Ferguson, as the older generation thrives at the expense of the young. In his Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790), Edmund Burke wrote that the real social contract is not Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s contract between the sovereign and the people or “general will”, but the “partnership” between the generations. Continue Reading...

Lessons in Liberty from a Little House on the Prairie

We could learn a lot about liberty from our pioneer forebears, argues Meghan Clyne. And an exemplar of this model of freedom and self-reliance can be found on our children’s bookshelves, in the Little House books of Laura Ingalls Wilder: Who in America’s past, then, can show us the way to a mature, sustainable democratic life — one defined not by the rebellious seizure of liberty, but by the consistent and wise exercise of it through a dedication to self-reliance? Continue Reading...