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 04.03.18

How Billy Graham Killed Communism with Kindness David Aikman, Christianity Today Graham preached behind the Iron Curtain, driving his critics crazy. ‘This Is Making a Lot of Christians in China Very Nervous’ Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian, The Atlantic The case of a bishop detained by the Chinese government—and what it says about a looming deal between Beijing and the Vatican. Continue Reading...

Adam Smith on the causes—and cures—of crony capitalism

“For Adam Smith, crony capitalism fails on two grounds,” says Lauren Brubaker. “It is unjust, favoring a few at the expense of the many, and it is destructive of the desired end of political economy—economic growth.” Brubaker says Smith’s writings can help us properly frame the problems of crony capitalism, understand the causes, and formulate solutions for preventing or mitigating the corruption of free markets: For Smith, the tendencies to cronyism, which are anchored in human nature, can be tempered by: (1) limiting government to a few essential powers (defense, administration of impartial justice, and certain limited public works and institutions); and (2) educating the public concerning the “folly” of attempts to direct the economy by legislators. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 04.02.18

How to Think about Patriotism Wilfred M. McClay, National Affairs ecent developments in our politics have inspired a re-evaluation of patriotism and a fresh consideration of its worth. The unspoken cause of Labour’s anti-Semitism problem Theo Hobson, The Spectator There is another cause of Labour’s anti-Semitism. Continue Reading...

It’s Friday—but Sunday’s comin’

Good Friday commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus and his death at Calvary, the most significantly tragic event in human history. But as pastor S.M. Lockridge (1913-2000) reminds us in this brief Easter meditation, the darkness of this historical Friday pales in comparison to the light that comes on Sunday morning. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 03.30.18

Not Tragically Colored Mortification of Spin Ismael Hernandez, author of ‘Not Tragically Colored: Freedom, Personhood, and the Renewal of Black America,’ discusses what it was like being raised in a militant communist household and what changed after he moved to America. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 03.29.18

Human Ignorance and Market Genius Walter E. Williams, The Daily Signal Government regulation is based on the pretense that human beings have sufficient knowledge to engineer the best economic outcome. China’s Communist Party overhaul includes religious affairs control Catholic News Service China’s ruling Communist Party has further stepped up control over all religions, dissolving its long-standing State Administration for Religious Affairs bureau and handing its functions to the party’s United Front Work Department. Continue Reading...

Taxation and Catholic Social Teaching

“Tax policies and tax levies are an unavoidable part of civilized life,” says Robert G. Kennedy in this week’s Acton Commentary. “The social tradition of the Church emphasizes the duty of citizens to support their government as well as the duties of civil authorities to govern wisely and to respect the ownership rights of individuals and families.” Kennedy outlines five things the tradition Catholic social teaching teaches us about taxation and four things it does not. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 03.28.18

We’re Not Going to Shrink the Welfare State, but We Can Improve It Robert Verbruggen, National Review I’d like to start out with a simple fact: We are probably not going to reduce the size of government. Continue Reading...