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

How to be an unapologetic patriot

Today is Patriots’ Day, an annual observance of the anniversary of when the American colonies first took up arms against the British Crown on April 19, 1775. Patriot’s Day has become a forgotten holiday, due in part to the fact we Americans have a peculiar relationship to the term “patriot.” To question someone’s patriotism is considered an insult, while to praise their patriotism is (usually) a compliment. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 04.19.18

Why Free Trade, Not Tariffs, Actually Increases American Jobs David Weinberger, The Federalist Sheltering inefficient work—like Sam’s bread business—prevents workers like Sam from finding and developing a skill set that the economy needs. Continue Reading...

New York City ideologues get indigestion over Chick-fil-A

America’s fastest-growing food chain has come to New York City. But as Hunter Baker notes in this week’s Acton Commentary, the “company’s success sticks in the craw of some who find it to be an alien presence due to the Christianity of the family who owns the company and their traditional values.” A recent New Yorker piece refers to the Chick-fil-A expansion as a “creepy infiltration” of the city. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 04.18.18

Econ Majors Graduate With a Huge Knowledge Gap Noah Smith, Bloomberg View What’s needed is a mandatory course on ethics and the limits of knowledge. You Can’t Cut the Flower of Freedom Off from its Divine Roots Jonathan Leeman, Christianity Today Patrick Deneen claims our political order has a deficient understanding of man. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 04.17.18

Hard-Won Homeschooling Freedoms Are Under Threat and Must Be Defended Kerry McDonald, FEE Our modern homeschooling freedoms come with the responsibility to protect those freedoms. US doctors are offering free tax preparation for low-income families right in the waiting room Anne Quito, Quartz The Boston-based pediatrician branched out to accounting after learning that a large fraction of her low-income patients were losing thousands of dollars because they didn’t file the tax-season paperwork to receive money they were eligible to collect from the government. Continue Reading...

Explainer: House GOP proposes changes to ‘food stamp’ program

What just happened? Last week the House Agriculture Committee introduced the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, more commonly known as the Farm Bill. The new Farm Bill makes significant changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the “largest program in the domestic hunger safety net.” What is SNAP? Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 04.16.18

You can’t argue against socialism’s 100 per cent record of failure Kristian Niemietz, CapX No one may set out to curb democracy and human rights, but every socialist country has done so. Continue Reading...

6 Quotes: Thomas Jefferson on liberty and government

Today is the 275th birthday of Thomas Jefferson. Since our third president would object to us celebrating his birthday (“The only birthday I ever commemorate,” Jefferson once said, “is that of our Independence, the Fourth of July.”) let’s take this opportunity to instead look at six quotes by Jefferson on liberty and government. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 04.13.18

These 3 Charts Show the Importance of Economic Freedom Patrick Tyrrell, The Daily Signal Those who live in countries with greater economic freedom enjoy greater prosperity and higher levels of education. Continue Reading...