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

Self-Appointed Nannys of the Nanny State

Economists have always been moralists, but since the mid-20th century many have also become wannabe technocrats—unelected experts who make public policy decisions based on specialized information rather than public opinion. A prime example is the new “libertarian paternalists” (a group that is definitely paternalistic but not very libertarian) who believe that government should attempt to influence the economic choices of affected parties in a way that will make choosers better off. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks – 07.26.12

Capitalism Or What? Isaac Morehouse, Values & Capitalism When analyzing any social or economic system, the three most important words are: “Compared to what?” Capitalism has its shortcomings. It has shortcomings because life has shortcomings in our own subjective evaluations. Continue Reading...

Samuel Gregg: The Economic Crisis and Europe’s Rule of Law Problem

Close attention to particular decisions by European institutions and governments, says Acton Research Director Samuel Gregg, suggests that many have significantly infringed the rule of law: Among the many non-economic factors shaping Europe’s current crisis, there is one which, despite its seriousness, has not yet received extensive attention: an emerging rule of law problem throughout the EU. Continue Reading...

There’s More to Gender Pay Than Gender or Pay

There are some misleading statistics that never die. Take, for example, the claim that “American women who work full-time, year-round are paid only 77 cents for every dollar paid to their male counterparts.” For decades economists and pundits have explained why that figure, even if accurate, doesn’t tell us what we think it does (e.g, that woman are being discriminated against in the workforce). Continue Reading...

PowerLinks – 07.23.12

The Conservatives vs. the Intellectuals? Peter Lawler, Big Think Arguably, the biggest change since the time of Socrates is the idea of the free person—one introduced into the world by Biblical and Christian thought. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks – 07.20.12

Poor countries are unhealthy countries Roger Bates, AEI American leftists might laud the nationalized healthcare provision in Cuba, but cholera outbreaks should remind even these folks that without wealth generation, a healthy nation is rarely attained and never sustained. Continue Reading...

How Does the U.S. Fare on Measures of the Rule of Law?

The free-market economist Milton Friedman used to argue that for a nation to prosper, all that was needed was to increase privatization and reduce the size of the state. But the collapse of the Soviet Union and other communist states made him realize that “Privatization is meaningless if you don’t have the rule of law.” Today, the idea that the rule of law is a necessary component of growth is all but commonplace. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks – 07.19.12

‘Guilty as charged,’ Cathy says of Chick-fil-A’s stand on biblical & family values K. Allan Blume, Baptist Press “We don’t claim to be a Christian business,” Cathy said in a recent visit to North Carolina. Continue Reading...