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

What is ‘economic man’?

“Intellectuals are often vocal critics of capitalism. Most of them lean left politically, so it is easy to identify anti-capitalism with progressivism,” says Kishore Jayabalan in this week’s Acton Commentary. “It is therefore no coincidence that the modern welfare state has been administered by elites eager to correct supposed market failures on the way to a more egalitarian society. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 10.04.17

The Morality of Charles Koch William McGurn, Wall Street Journal A libertarian billionaire embraces a Catholic business school for its ethics. Good news! The world is getting freer, faster Alexander Hammond, CapX New research shows that economic freedom is on the march around the globe. Continue Reading...
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Sec. DeVos defends school choice in speech at Harvard

In a speech last Thursday at the Harvard Kennedy School, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos made a powerful defense of school choice: One of the many pernicious effects of the growth of government is that its people worry less and less about each other, thinking their worries are now in the hands of so-called “experts” in Washington. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 10.03.17

God Loves a Cheerful Itemizer Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra, Christianity Today Experts assess how Trump tax plan to double the standard deduction would cost ministries bigly. A Return to the Conservation Ethic Wall Street Journal The interior secretary wants to restore the vision of Gifford Pinchot and use public lands ‘for the benefit and enjoyment of the people.’ China Vows to Protect Entrepreneurs’ Property Rights Charlotte Gao, The Diplomat Chinese authorities issued a guideline to boost the business confidence in China. Continue Reading...
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5 Facts about federal regulations

Vice President Pence will be giving a speech today emphasizing the importance the Trump administration places on reviewing regulatory policy. Today’s date of October 2 was selected to mark the start of the next fiscal year, when federal agencies will be expected to generate below zero dollars in net new regulatory costs. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 10.02.17

Economic Freedom Is the Best Weapon Against Poverty Daniel Press, FEE Poverty is really about a shortage of rights and freedoms and the institutions that emerge as a result. Supreme Court agrees to hear major union case next year Jeva Lange, The Week The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a major public union fees case similar to one in 2016 that inconclusively deadlocked 4-4 after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, Reuters reports. Continue Reading...
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Why is health insurance so complicated?

Car insurance and life insurance are rather simple. So why is health insurance so complicated? And why can’t it be more like other forms of insurance? Lanhee Chen, a fellow at the Hoover Institution, explains what make health insurance so different—and so complex. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 09.29.17

Documented Cases of Religious Discrimination Jump 15% Ian Snively, The Daily Signal Freedom of religion isn’t as protected as some Americans may think. In fact, reported attacks on religion are increasing in the U.S. Continue Reading...
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How protectionism is hindering Puerto Rico relief efforts

A week after being devastated by Hurricane Maria, the citizens of Puerto Rico are as CNN points out, “suffering in primitive conditions without power, water or enough fuel.” Unfortunately, the recovery efforts are being impeded further by a nearly 100-year-old crony capitalist law. Continue Reading...