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

5 innovations that fight poverty

“Billions of souls have been able to pull themselves out of poverty,” says Arthur Brooks, “thanks to five incredible innovations: globalization, free trade, property rights, the rule of law and entrepreneurship.” By the way, these five things were all made possible by the historically anomalous peace after World War II that resulted from America’s global diplomatic and military presence. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 10.24.16

Socialism Kills More Babies than War Chelsea Follett, FEE Recent reports that infants now die at a higher rate in Venezuela than in war-torn Syria were, sadly, unsurprising – the results of socialist economics are predictable. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 10.21.16

How the Free Market Helps Combat Racial Discrimination Walter E. Williams, The Daily Signal Racists cannot trust free markets to racially discriminate. Free markets, with their dispersion of power, have little respect for race. Continue Reading...

C. S. Lewis on selfishness vs. self-interest

C.S. Lewis wrote much about the tension between self-interest and selfishness, offering renewed clarity on these topics, says Art Lindsley. To Lewis, there is a huge difference between self-interest and selfishness, and there is a proper place for self-interest in our lives: When Lewis first came to faith, he did not think about eternal life, but focused on enjoying God in this life. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 10.20.16

The Crony Economy Robert Verbruggen , The American Conservative Bipartisan outrage doesn’t stop government picking winners and losers. Pricing the Poorest Out of Opportunity Don Boudreaux, Cafe Hayek Once upon a time the land of Tyrantia was ruled by an evil king who took intense pleasure in inflicting pain and suffering upon the poorest people in Tyrantia. Continue Reading...

How to explain the entitlement crisis to an 8-year-old

During tonight’s presidential candidate debate, Trump and Clinton should (but almost surely won’t) address America’s entitlement crisis. If they need some help to explain it to the public they can use this video, based on Nicholas Eberstadt’s book, A Nation of Takers, which provides a Seussian tale about the dangerous dependency of entitlements and the importance of liberty. Continue Reading...

A ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ for family and civil society

While the federal government’s “war on poverty” achieved some progress towards meeting basic material needs, says Ray Nothstine in this week’s Acton Commentary, it has no answers to the deeper dilemma of dependency and hopelessness faced by many Americans. Continue Reading...