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

If the Constitution Were Written Like Campus Speech Codes

“Limits on free speech is uniquely troubling for the future health of a free society,” wrote Ray Nothstine in an Acton Commentary. “Students become accustomed to having their rights limited, and will be more lethargic in countering possible oppression from a growing and intrusive state.” Nothstine wrote those words in 2008 — and they’ve proven to be distressingly prophetic. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 07.01.16

A Christian Speaks Up for Capitalism James D. Gwartney, FEE In this August 1986 essay, “A Christian Speaks Up for Capitalism,” Jim points out that “capitalism does not force individuals to worship ‘the almighty dollar.’ A person is as free to be an ascetic Christian as to be a hedonist.” Where Have All The Free Traders Gone? Continue Reading...

It’s All in Bastiat!

“It’s all in Plato, all in Plato: bless me, what do they teach them at these schools!” – Digory Kirke in C.S. Lewis’s The Last Battle The way Professor Kirk feels about Plato is how I feel about Frederick Bastiat. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 06.30.16

Supreme Court rejects pharmacists’ appeal on contraception Associated Press The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to hear an appeal from Washington state pharmacists who said they have religious objections to dispensing Plan B or other emergency contraceptives. Continue Reading...

Yes, Law Is Inherently Violent. That’s Not the Problem.

“Law professors and lawyers instinctively shy away from considering the problem of law’s violence,” says Yale law professor Stephen L. Carter. “Every law is violent. We try not to think about this, but we should.” Carter, one of the most astute legal minds in America, rightfully points out the inherent violence embedded in the law. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 06.29.16

Professor raised under communism explains academics’ love of socialism – and why they’re wrong Julianne Stanford, The College Fix The difference between ideas and facts is lost on leftist scholars. What Is the Promise of the Free Enterprise System? Continue Reading...

How Are Jobs Created?

Trump promises he’ll be “the greatest jobs president that God ever created.” And Sanders says he’d spend $18 billion to create jobs. But can the president actually create jobs? And if so, do we want the government to do so? Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 06.28.16

Thomas Sowell’s Escape from Socialism Joe Carter, The Stream Sowell thought his way into Marxism, then back out again into a vision of freedom. How Failures Helped Lead to Success in New York’s War on Poverty Linda Gibbs and Robert Doar, Washington Monthly “You might say, why should we pay people for doing what they are supposed to do?” Bloomberg asked a crowd at the National Press Club in Washington, DC in August 2007. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 06.27.16

Right wing doesn’t mean pro-free market Scott Sumner, EconLog When a politician runs on a platform of opposition to reforming runaway social programs and opposition to free trade and investment, don’t assume they are going to implement free market policies if elected, just because they represent the “right-wing” party. Continue Reading...