Sarah Stanley

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Is Donald Trump a mercantilist?

“Donald Trump” Greg Allen/ Invision/ AP Being “pro business” doesn’t necessarily mean “pro free markets.” Reality TV star and wannabe Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump reminds us of this. Writing for The Stream, Acton’s Director of Research, Samuel Gregg, argues that not only does Trump seem to be a mercantilist, but, if implemented, this medieval economic system would weaken the United States. Continue Reading...

Does capitalism reduce violence?

Trading $ for groceries > Murdering people and stealing their food It’s been said before, but it’s certainly worth saying again. Not only does the free market lead to material wealth, but it reduces violence. Continue Reading...

Acton Institute named a top think tank in the world in new report

Acton Institute and Instituto Acton have taken top spots in a new ranking. Earlier today, the University of Pennsylvania’s Think Tank & Civil Societies Program released the 2015 Global Go-To Think Tanks Report which maintains data on almost 7,000 organizations worldwide and creates a detailed report ranking them in various categories. Continue Reading...

The predicament facing France (and the rest of Europe)

Pens are piled up as people hold a vigil at the Place de la Republique for victims of the terrorist attack on January 7, 2015 in Paris. Dan Kitwood / Getty Images “Dramatic events often focus our minds on the dilemmas we would prefer to ignore,” begins Samuel Gregg in a recent article for the Library of Law and Liberty. Continue Reading...

Conference brings together Pope and corporate executives

Pope Francis receives Christine Lagarde, managing director of the IMF, in Vatican City on Monday. Photo: Vatican press office/European Pressphoto Agency Corporate leaders are working to find common ground with the Roman Catholic Church when it comes to ethics and global business. Continue Reading...

North Korea’s H-bomb of ‘justice’

Poster released by KCNA, Jan. 31, 2003. The Korean Banner reads: “Ruthless Punishment to U.S. Imperialism.” (Korea News Service/AP Photo) North Koreans might not have food to eat this year, but their government has announced that it has successfully tested a miniaturized hydrogen bomb. Continue Reading...

Alexis de Tocqueville Vs. Bernie Sanders

Sen. Bernie Sanders Self-described democratic socialist, Sen. Bernie Sanders is doing relatively well in the race for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination. He recently polled at 34 percent (an increase from 30 percent in November) and, anecdotally, I passed several “Bernie” bumper-stickered cars on fairly empty roads this morning. Continue Reading...