Category: PowerLinks

Blog author: jcarter
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
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How Government Cronies Redefined the Catfish
Veronique de Rugy, Reason.com

An industry clamored for more regulation—because it had a financial interest in doing so.

TANF and Two-Parent Families
Shawn Fremstad, Family Studies

There is little reason to think TANF is providing assistance to most struggling two-parent families.

Staking the Dracula of School Choice Myths
Jason Bedrick, FEE

The myth that there’s no evidence that school choice works has more lives than Dracula.

Judge rules birth control mandate violates religious rights
David Lieb, Associated Press

A federal judge has ruled in favor of a Missouri lawmaker who cited religious objections while challenging the inclusion of birth control coverage in his government-provided health insurance.

Blog author: jcarter
Monday, July 25, 2016
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How Does Economics Help Christians Contribute to the Kingdom of God?
Kathryn Feliciano, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

If Christians want to be more effective in their ministry, then economics is a very good mental tool to have in their toolbox.

Tolerance, Criticism, and Humility are Core Principles of Freedom
Sandy Ikeda, FEE

A free and flourishing society demands both tolerance and criticism from its citizens.

House GOP’s Anti-Poverty Plan Draws From State Successes in Kansas, Maine
Amelia Hamilton , Opportunity Lives

Earlier this summer, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) released “A Better Way,” the congressional Republicans’ agenda for moving Americans out of poverty and welfare dependency and into independence and success.

Are Africans Actually Getting Poorer?
The American Interest

GDP per capita is falling in Africa for the first time in more than two decades. It’s been a good run for growth on the continent, but at least for now, GDP growth is following below population growth.

Blog author: jcarter
Friday, July 22, 2016
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5 Facts about Captive Nations Week
Joe Carter, ERLC

In 1959, during the height of the Cold War, President Eisenhower signed into law a joint declaration of Congress recognizing “Captive Nations Week” and issued a proclamation that has been reissued by every U.S. president since. Here are five facts you should know about this annual commemoration.

Falling for ISIS Propaganda about Christians
Nina Shea, The American Interest

An influential international body endorses the discredited claim that ISIS wants to protect Christians—not commit genocide against them.

African farmers say they can feed the world, and we might soon need them to
Peter Schwartzstein, Quartz

“We’ve talked forever about what places like Ethiopia and Kenya could do. They have all this land; all this water,” said Giovanni Santo, an Italian apple exporter, as he eagerly chatted up possible clients. “So it’s good to finally see them here.”

Can Microfinance Really Help the Poor?
James Clark, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

Within the past decade microfinance became the new panacea for eliminating poverty, but recently it too has undergone increasing scrutiny, with Lesley Sherratt’s Can Microfinance Work? being only one of the most recent examples.

Blog author: jcarter
Thursday, July 21, 2016
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Pokemon Go and the Kindness of Strangers
Alexi Sargeant, First Things

What is Pokémon Go? Is it the epitome of decadence? Evidence of America’s precipitous decline? No. Every popular game has its naysayers, but a doom-and-gloom attitude is harder to justify when a game is pulling players out into the sunlight to discover the places and people around them—and to do some good deeds to strangers in the process.

“Buy Local” Would Even Spoil Farmers Markets
Joseph S. Diedrich, FEE

The market’s popularity, variety, energy owe themselves to trade and to quality—not to locality.

Religious liberty trouble in California: An interview with the President of Biola Univerity
Laura Gurskey, ERLC

Society profits from universities like Biola that produce ethical thinkers who can contribute to the marketplace of ideas. As a student who has benefitted greatly from receiving a distinctively Christian education, I am concerned by recent governmental threats to such institutions.

Profit Maximization: A Much Abused Doctrine
Anthony de Jasay, Library of Economics and Liberty

Business education tends to produce zombies with self-contradictory minds.

Blog author: jcarter
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
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Communism Still Persists. We Must Remember Nations Where People Are Not Free.
Lee Edwards, The Daily Signal

Communism is a cancer that must be removed lest it spread. That historical lesson led President Ronald Reagan, after four decades of containment and accommodation, to lay down a new policy to end the Cold War: “We win and they lose.”

Stop Making CEO Pay a Political Issue
Alex Edmans, Harvard Business Review

Presidential candidates once campaigned on taxes, government spending, and foreign policy. But more recently, executive compensation has suddenly become a hot topic for winning the public’s approval.

Countries That Transitioned Rapidly From Communism to Capitalism Fare Better
Marian Tupy, Reason.com

Former Soviet bloc countries that transitioned slowly now lag behind.

Mission Muffins: Serving the Poor in a Biblical, Sustainable, and Effective Way
Kathryn Feliciano, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

This organization is an example of program that is fighting poverty in a way that is biblical and effective.

Blog author: jcarter
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
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How American Corporations Shaped Conservative Christianity
David A. Bosch, TGC

Christians have been involved in the marketplace for as long as Christians and markets have existed. The Blessings of Business: How Corporations Shaped Conservative Christianity by Darren Grem catalogues how Christian men not only have been involved in business, but also shaped 20th-century conservative Christianity in the United States.

Is Liberalism A Heresy?
Francesca Aran Murphy, First Things

Why liberalism and a market economy are based on Christianity.

Why Americans Love The Sharing Economy
Jared Meyer, The Federalist

Regulators, who are still attempting to respond to the creation of the Internet, will never catch up to America’s entrepreneurs.

Providing Real, Active Help for the Unemployed
John Kyle, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

Losing your job stinks. Getting fired, laid off, or going bankrupt – the form it takes doesn’t matter. It feels terrible.

Blog author: jcarter
Monday, July 18, 2016
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We Need to Talk About Downward Mobility
The American Interest

Low levels of social mobility, more than raw inequality or slow growth, is probably the greatest challenge facing the American political-economic system today.

Africa is moving toward a massive and important free trade agreement
Luke Warford, Washington Post

African heads of state and government officials are meeting this week in Kigali, Rwanda, for the 27th African Union Summit. On their agenda will be taking the next steps to establish a free-trade area that would include all 54 African countries — which could be up and running by the end of 2017.

How Girls in Blue-Collar Communities Are Being Left Behind
Emily Deruy, The Atlantic

Schools often offer vocational classes at the expense of advanced courses, which can leave young women with few options.

Fed Economists Try to Portray Bitcoin as a Fiat Currency
Demelza Hays, FEE

A University of Pennsylvania economics professor and an advisor to the Philadelphia Federal Reserve recently released a working paper claiming that Bitcoin is a fiat currency.