PowerLinks 02.24.17

US Economic Freedom Has Hit a Historic Low. What Happened? Anthony B. Kim, The Daily Signal It’s already been eight years since the Great Recession, yet the U.S. economy has been just inching along, with its productivity flagging and millions being locked out of the labor market. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 02.23.17

Whatever Happened to Democratic Capitalism? Peter Augustine Lawler, The Corner Not only is capitalism more productive, it, contrary to the claims of the Marxists, consistently improves the lot of the ordinary person. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 02.22.17

Michael Novak: Theologian of the free economy Flavio Felice, AEI Novak stands in the tradition of thought that, in a sense, runs from Polybius to the Federalist Papers and the American Constitution, and then to the social doctrine of the Church. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 02.21.17

An Alternative to Increasing the Minimum Wage Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry, National Review Subsidizing the pay of low-skilled workers would have many advantages for all. Skills and bills: What state governors have to say about vocational education Jenn Hatfield, AEI Ideas From apprenticeship programs to vocational charter schools, vocational education has been getting more attention in education reform circles lately as the costs of college continue to increase and students seek other paths to financial security. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 02.20.17

Michael Novak, theologian who made a spiritual case for capitalism, dies at 83 Emily Langer, Washington Post Michael Novak, a Catholic philosopher who helped carve a space for religion in modern politics, diplomacy and economics, arguing that capitalism is the economic system most likely to achieve the spiritual goods of defeating poverty and encouraging human creativity, died Feb. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 02.17.17

The Catholic Schools Saved by Vouchers Laura McKenna, The Atlantic Parishes staved off closures by participating in a school-choice program, but that also resulted in fewer donations to the church. Say’s Law: The Antidote to Countless Economic Fallacies Russell Lamberti, Mises Wire To understand the principle that has been called Say’s Law, it is useful to start by thinking about what unhampered exchange is: the mutual offering of goods and services between people. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 02.16.17

Subsidiarity and Trump’s Cabinet Andy Smarick, Opportunity Lives We might hope that the president’s preference for successful private-sector leaders would lead to non-technocratic policy-making. But Trump appears to have little aversion to a robust federal government, so long as he controls it. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 02.15.17

Does Religion Have a Place in Public Schools? Benjamin Justice and Colin Macleod, The Atlantic “The question of what to do with religion in school-choice programs is how, or whether, to keep the baby while ditching the bathwater.” Lawmakers and Regulators Act Like They Hate Farmers Markets Baylen Linnekin , Reason.com Is the purist or the modern vision of a farmers market the proper one? Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 02.14.17

Your Work Is a Cursed Blessing Justin Dillehay, TGC Work is a blessing—few things are as fulfilling as a job well done. And yet it can also feel like a curse—how many people do you know who hate their job? Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 02.13.17

The Gorsuch Confirmation And The Finnis Connection Steven Hayward, PowerLine Never heard of John Finnis? I predict you will in the confirmation hearings. And the likelihood is that Democrats will make fools of themselves, or at the very least unwittingly reveal their essential contempt for the American Founding, and the only question is whether Gorsuch, who appears to be a gentleman of the first order, will restrain himself from embarrassing them out of the political calculus of merely wanting to get to a confirmation vote with the least amount of controversy. Continue Reading...