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 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...

PowerLinks 10.19.16

Another Way Regulation Could Limit Economic Opportunity for Millions Mollie McNeill, The Daily Signal Yet again, the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act has spawned an out-of-touch regulation that could harm millions of Americans. Continue Reading...

How to read a supply curve

Note: This is the sixth post in a weekly video series on basic microeconomics. Last week we took a deeper look into the demand curve, examining how to read the demand curve, how demand curves shift, and consumer surplus. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 10.18.16

For Disaster Recovery, the Best Knowledge Is Local Knowledge Veronique de Rugy, Mercatus Center When it comes to the recovery after Hurricane Matthew, policymakers should remember that when social networks are broken by disasters, local knowledge is particularly powerful and holds an even bigger advantage over bureaucrats than usual, no matter how well-intentioned the public officials are. Continue Reading...

7 Figures: How young Americans view socialism, communism, and capitalism

The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation recently released its annual report on U.S. attitudes towards socialism. Here are seven figures you should know from the survey: 1. The percentage of millenials who are unfamiliar with: Mao Zedong (42 percent), Che Guevara (40 percent), Vladimir Lenin (33 percent), Karl Marx (32 percent), Vladimir Putin (18 percent), Joseph Stalin (18 percent). Continue Reading...

Rev. Sirico on defending the free market

Why should we care about human dignity, creativity and flourishing? Why value human creativity? Why even believe that human beings possess dignity and rights? As Rev. Robert Sirico writes in the Washington Times, the free market system assumes, rather than defends, the value of all these things—something easy to miss because most of us share these sentiments. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 10.17.16

About Those Unthinking, Backwards Catholics Charles J. Chaput, First Things The cultural damage done by the current White House has—apparently—made courting America’s bishops unnecessary. “Freedom” vs. “Liberty”: Why Religious Conservatives Have Begun to Favor One over the Other Stephanie Russell-Kraft, Religous Dispatches In most circles, “religious freedom” and “religious liberty” are interchangeable, but to call them identical wouldn’t quite be right. Continue Reading...