PowerLinks 08.20.18

Obesity is a market failure and innovation, not sin taxes, may be the solution Brendan Markey-Towler, The Conversation The standard economic response to high and rising obesity is to levy what’s known as a “sin tax”. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 08.17.18

A Libertarian Case for the Common Good Stephanie Slade, America Economic freedom can be morally, not just materially, empowering. The Virtues of the Market: Wilhelm Röpke as a Cultural Economist Erwin Dekker, Think Markets Neo-liberalism is often associated with an excessive focus on the market at the expense of both the state and society. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 08.16.18

Universal Basic Income is a disastrous solution to a nonproblem Jack Adeney, CapX A basic income could leave the poorest families worse off. How You Can Find Socialism in a Capitalist World Bryan Caplan, Library of Law and Liberty If capitalism made my flesh crawl and I knew socialism wasn’t coming anytime soon, how would I cope? Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 08.15.18

Love Your Competitor as Yourself Greg Forster, TGC Can Christians love their neighbors while striving to outdo them? Perhaps surprisingly, the answer is “yes.” Do Economic Crises Motivate Liberalization or More State Control? Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 08.14.18

Hardly anyone wants to admit America is beating poverty Bruce D. Meyer and James X. Sullivan, AEI The White House tells the truth, but partisans on both sides are wedded to the idea of failure. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 08.13.18

Why Capitalism Needs Reformation (An Interview with Kenneth Barnes) Bruce Ashford Please allow me to introduce you to one of this year’s best books: Kenneth Barnes’ Redeeming Capitalism. It was published by Eerdmans this year; it is critically acclaimed as a thoughtful and probing evaluation of capitalism through the lens of Christian theology and ethics. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 08.10.18

Why the Left Is So Afraid of Jordan Peterson Caitlin Flanagan, The Atlantic The left is afraid not of Peterson, but of the ideas he promotes, which are completely inconsistent with identity politics of any kind. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 08.09.18

Can you really have free markets and a big welfare state? Kai Weiss, CapX There is a well-documented tension between diversity and a big welfare state. Down Goes Socialism Bill Scher, Politico The Ocasio-Cortez wing of the Democratic Party thinks its policies are the path to victory in red states. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 08.08.18

The Kuyperian Impulse of the Benedict Option James D. Clark, Themelios Evangelicals have criticized Rod Dreher’s Benedict Option and the idea of strategic withdrawal, with some citing Abraham Kuyper as a model of how Christians should engage the world today. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 08.07.18

For a Charity Nowadays, Everything’s Political Naomi Schaefer Riley, Wall Street Journal Bethany Christian Services faces protests and lawsuits for its work with migrants and foster children. Debt Is Not a Money Problem Paul Tripp, Desiring God It is both impossible and dangerous to solve personal debt by only talking about money. Continue Reading...

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