Radio Free Acton: Christian Democracy in America

On this edition of Radio Free Acton, Hunter Baker, Micah Watson, Paul Bonicelli and Jordan Ballor discuss the prospects for a Christian democratic political movement in the United States. Hunter Baker is a university fellow and associate professor of political science at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. Continue Reading...

Radio Free Acton: Avik Roy on how to transcend Obamacare

On this edition of Radio Free Acton, we’re joined by Avik Roy, Opinion Editor at Forbes magazine and the founder and president of The Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity. He’s been an insightful critic of the health care reform process in the US since Congress began debating the legislation that we now know as Obamacare in 2009. Continue Reading...

Audio & Video: Sirico & Bonicelli on the Trump Administration

As the Trump Administration begins its work this week, the media continues to call on the Acton Institute for analysis and commentary, both in the US and abroad. Internationally, Acton Director of Programs and Education Paul Bonicelli joined host Alex Jensen on tbs eFM 101.3’s “This Morning” program in Seoul, South Korea on January 22nd to discuss the economic challenges facing the incoming administration, and the likelihood of potential trade conflicts between the United States and other nations down the road based on the protectionist rhetoric from Trump both on the campaign trail and during the presidential transition. Continue Reading...

Radio Free Acton: Victoria Coates on the art of democracy

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. Continue Reading...

Radio Free Acton: Benjamin Domenech On The Roots And Rise Of American Populism

On 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. Continue Reading...

Radio Free Acton: Karl Zinsmeister on Philanthropy and Education Reform

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. Continue Reading...