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Daniel Garza

Daniel Garza at the Acton Lecture Series – November 17, 2016

On this edition of Radio Free Acton, we speak with Daniel Garza, Executive Director of The LIBRE Initiative, a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the principles and values of economic freedom within the Latino community.

According to political conventional wisdom, the Latino community is a natural constituency of progressive politicians and part of an emerging progressive permanent majority in the United States. Garza counters this narrative by noting the fact that conservative values are well represented in the Latino community, and that the success of progressives in attracting Latino votes can at least in part be attributed to a failure to effectively communicate the principles of free markets and individual liberty to Latino voters.

You can listen to this edition of Radio Free Acton via the audio player below.

In this edition of Radio Free Acton, we speak with cultural historian and author Victoria Coates on the capacity of democracy to inspire great works of art. Coates is the author of David’s Sling: The History of Democracy in Ten Works of Art, and spoke on the topic as part of the 2016 Acton Lecture Series. You can listen to the podcast via the audio player below, and her full Acton Lecture Series presentation is available here.

Radio Free ActonOn this edition of Radio Free Acton, Jordan Ballor – Acton Research Fellow, Director of Publishing, and Executive Editor of the Journal of Markets and Morality – talks with Benjamin Domenech, publisher of The Federalist, about the current populist moment in American politics, the roots of American populism, and what the possible outcomes of the current populist uprising may be for the United States.

For more from Ben Domenech, be sure to check out The Federalist Radio Hour, and subscribe to The Transom. After the jump, I’ve included video from Domenech’s excellent Acton Lecture Series address, which is well worth your time if you haven’t yet had the opportunity to check it out.

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Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy In America is renowned as one of the best examinations of early American society and politics, and remains one of the most insightful commentaries ever written on the practice of democracy in the United States. In this edition of Radio Free Acton, we are joined by John Wilsey, Assistant Professor of History and Christian Apologetics at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, to discuss Tocqueville’s masterwork and its continuing relevance for modern America.

We also discuss the work of Tocqueville’s traveling companion, Gustave de Beaumont, who wrote another important work that perhaps should be seen as a companion to Democracy In America: a novel entitled Marie, or Slavery in the United States, which examines the darker side of 1830s America.

Wilsey is also the author of books examining the ideas of “Christian America” and American Exceptionalism, both of which are highly recommended: One Nation Under God?: An Evangelical Critique of Christian America and American Exceptionalism and Civil Religion: Reassessing the History of an Idea.

You can listen to the podcast via the audio player below.

 

On this edition of Radio Free Acton, we speak with Karl Zinsmeister, Vice President at Philanthropy Roundtable and former chief domestic policy advisor to President George W. Bush, about efforts to improve public education outcomes over the years, why charter schools are succeeding where past reform efforts have failed, and the role of private philanthropy in fostering that success.

Karl will be kicking off our Evenings at Acton series this fall on Monday, October 3rd with a lecture entitled Indispensable: How Philanthropy Fuels American Success. We hope you’ll be able to join us!

You can listen to the podcast via the audio player below.

kuyper1On this edition of Radio Free Acton, we speak with Jordan Ballor, a general editor of the Abraham Kuyper Collected Works in Public Theology, a major series of new translations of Abraham Kuyper’s key works. We discuss the genesis and scope of the project, and examine what Kuyper has to say to modern Christians and why his contributions remain relevant a century after their initial publication.

You can listen to the podcast via the audio player below.

Acton Institute Director of Programs Paul Bonicelli walked a few blocks down the road here in Grand Rapids, Michigan this morning for an in-studio interview with host Justin Barclay on WOOD Radio’s West Michigan Live. Paul is a recent addition to Acton’s staff and does a fine job of introducing himself, and also provides a preview of Acton’s upcoming fall events calendar. You can listen to the full interview via the audio player below.