John Bolton unveils new Trump Administration Africa policy; Joel Salatin on how past practices harmed Africa

On December 13, National Security Advisor John Bolton delivered an address at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. unveiling the Trump Administration’s new approach to relations with Africa. Part of the revised approach includes re-focusing US Aid efforts away from traditional government-to-government aid, and placing an increased focus on fostering private economic growth and governmental transparency. Continue Reading...

Sirico on Russell Kirk and populism

On November 15, Acton President and co-founder Rev. Robert Sirico participated in a panel conversation to not only honor the centenary of Russell Kirk’s birth but as well discuss the rise of populism in the United States and abroad. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 12.18.18

How the Catholic Church Created Our Liberal WorldTanner Greer, The American Conservative Trade, capitalism, secular power—all owe a greater debt to Catholicism than we like to think. A holy mess: Churches, other nonprofits confront parking taxBrian Faler, Politico Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the parking benefits that churches, synagogues, hospitals, colleges and other nonprofits offer their employees are suddenly taxable. Continue Reading...

Trade, nations, and war in an enlightened age

Between 1776 and 1815, Britain was at peace for just 10 years, notes Samuel Gregg, Acton’s Director of Research. Reading the Scottish defense of free trade without this in mind is a mistake: It’s easy to forget that the tremendous intellectual creativity flowing from the Scottish Enlightenment occurred against a background of war. Continue Reading...

The suffering of Cardinal Zen

This article is written by Moris Polanco, originally published by Instituto Fe y Libertad and republished with permission. The elderly cardinal Zen Ze-kiun, bishop emeritus of Hong Kong, said in his blog on February 5, 2018, “The brothers and sisters of mainland China are not afraid of being reduced to poverty, of being put into prison, of shedding their blood. Continue Reading...

People v. money: The flaws of Democratic Socialism

“This race is about people versus money,” said 28-year-old Democratic Socialist, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who last Tuesday usurped the nomination from high-ranking House Democrat, John Crowley. Her viral campaign video also accused the reigning King of Queens of not breathing the same air or drinking the same water as his constituents. Continue Reading...

Audio: Sam Gregg on the Vatican’s new statement on economics

Acton Institute Director of Research Samuel Gregg made an appearance yesterday on the Happy Hour with Mike & Vince show on WLCR in Louisville, Kentucky to discuss the Vatican’s recently released statement on “ethical discernment regarding some aspects of the present economic-financial system.” You can listen to the full discussion via the audio player below. Continue Reading...

Audio: Rev. Sirico on the air

Acton President Rev. Robert A. Sirico has been busy on the airwaves of late; here’s a roundup of his latest radio interviews: On September 19th, Rev. Sirico joined host Thaddeus Romansky on RED-C Catholic Radio in Waco and College Station, Texas to discuss the compatibility of social solidarity and free markets, and the interface of religion and economics more generally. Continue Reading...

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