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

Is foreign aid a sacred cow?

Last week a group of 106 faith leaders have collaborated on a letter they have signed and sent to the Democrat and Republican leadership of both houses of Congress. In this week’s Acton Commentary, Victor V. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 03.22.17

Conservatives Do Believe in Social Justice. Here’s What Our Vision Looks Like. Ryan T. Anderson , The Daily Signal The conservative vision of social justice sees economic empowerment as a means to more important ends, namely, the fulfillment of personal duties within the family, religious bodies, and the other private spheres of life. Continue Reading...

Judge Gorsuch, the rule of law, and David Foster Wallace’s fish

Embed from Getty Images   “We’re now like David Foster Wallace’s fish,” said Judge Neil Gorsuch earlier today in his nomination hearing. “We’re surrounded by the rule of law, it’s in the fabric of our lives.” Gorsuch made a similar claim in an article on “Law’s Irony” for the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy. Continue Reading...

How price controls can hurt the poor

Note: This is post #25 in a weekly video series on basic microeconomics. Suppose there is a mild winter on the West Coast and a harsh winter on the East Coast, says Alex Tabarrok, in this video by Marginal Revolution University. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 03.21.17

Freedom Is Essential For True Morality Alex Salter, FEE Virtue can be guided by cultural traditions and social institutions, but it cannot be coerced. Betsy DeVos and the Immoral Society S. Continue Reading...

Explainer: What you should know about the Meals on Wheels controversy

Embed from Getty Images What’s the story? Last week, numerous media outlets falsely reported that the Trump administration proposed 2018 budget would eliminate charities like Meals on Wheels. The reports also claimed that White House budget director Mick Mulvaney had said during a press conference that Meals on Wheels “doesn’t work.” (Representative headlines included Time’s “Trump’s Budget Would Kill a Program That Feeds 2.4 Million Senior Citizens” and Slate’s article: “Trump’s budget director says Meals on Wheels doesn’t work.” What is “Meals on Wheels”? Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 03.20.17

3 Ways the Trump Administration Could Stop Crony Capitalism Veronique de Rugy, Reason.com If the pre-budget rumors are true, President Donald Trump is making good on his promise to drain the swamp by putting a few corporate welfare programs, such as the Export-Import Bank and the Overseas Private Investment Corp., on the chopping block. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 03.17.17

Is God a Macro- or Micro- Economist? G. Patrick Lynch, EconLog Perhaps no recent critic has taken the economics profession to task quite as publicly as Pope Francis in his recent encyclical “Laudato Si,” which received a lot of attention from journalists, environmentalists and social justice advocates when it was published last year. Continue Reading...