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

The minimum wage as a price floor

Note: This is post #27 in a weekly video series on basic microeconomics. Minimum wages are a type of price floor, and as with all prices floors, when prices are kept artificially high they can lead to several consequences that hurt the consumer. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 04.04.17

Does the ‘Populist Pope’ have a beef with populism? Claire Giangravè, Crux Pope Francis has not held back his criticism of populism in the past describing it as “evil” and a form of “egotism,” yet the media hails him as the ‘populist pope.’ But the unique approach to the masses adopted by this pontificate cannot be understood without the three P’s: populism, proximity, and the peripheries. Continue Reading...

Why protectionism harms human dignity

From an economic perspective, protectionism is one of the most foolish policies a country can adopt. It not only hurts the nation’s economy, but makes individual households poorer. Why then do so many people who are aware of this reality still support protectionist policies? Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 04.03.17

Apprenticeships can be the key to Trump’s promise to create millions of new American jobs Nicholas Wyman, Quartz The power of apprenticeship programs in reducing youth unemployment and narrowing the skills gap by creating custom skilled workers has long been demonstrated in northern Europe, where this centuries-old form of learning remains strong and enjoys both business and societal support. Continue Reading...

The worst humanitarian crisis since World War II

Embed from Getty Images   The world is facing its largest humanitarian crisis since 1945, according to the United Nations. “We stand at a critical point in history. Already at the beginning of the year we are facing the largest humanitarian crisis since the creation of the UN,” UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien recently told the UN’s Security Council. Continue Reading...

How socialism ruined Brazil

The popularity of the Bernie Sanders’s presidential campaign revealed how popular socialism is with a large swath of Americans. But how has socialism worked out in other countries? Felipe Moura Brasil, a journalist and columnist for Veja magazine, explains how his country has fared under socialism. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 03.31.17

‘Religious left’ emerging as U.S. political force in Trump era Scott Malone, Reuters Some in the religious left are inspired by Pope Francis, the Roman Catholic leader who has been an outspoken critic of anti-immigrant policies and a champion of helping the needy. Continue Reading...

In Western countries, what’s the greatest predictor of misery?

Embed from Getty Images   A few weeks after leaving the presidency, Thomas Jefferson wrote in a message to the citizens of Maryland that, “The care of human life and happiness and not their destruction is the first and only legitimate object of good government.” For many conservatives and libertarians, the best way for government to make us happy is to stay out of our lives as much as possible. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 03.30.17

This Unpaid Pensions Case Could Crush Christian Hospitals Kate Shellnutt, Christianity Today Supreme Court will decide if religious organizations qualify for IRS church exemption. Human Conditions Improving at a Remarkable Speed Marian Tupy, Reason.com Over the last decade, GDP per person and life expectancy are up around the world while infant mortality and undernourished rates are down. Continue Reading...