Category: PowerLinks

Blog author: jcarter
Friday, October 2, 2015

It’s sleazy, it’s totally illegal, and yet it could become the future of retirement
Jeff Guo, Washington Post

Over 100 years ago in America — before Social Security, before IRAs, corporate pensions and 401(k)s — there was a ludicrously popular (and somewhat sleazy) retirement scheme called the tontine.

World Bank rethinks poverty measure
Noel King, Marketplace

The United Nations General Assembly meets in New York City this week, and poverty is high on the agenda. Eradicating extreme poverty by the year 2030 is No. 1 on the U.N. list of sustainable development goals. The World Bank, which sets the benchmark for the global extreme poverty line, is expected to shift the line soon from $1.25 a day to $1.90 a day.

Evangelicals Going to the Dogs — and Cats — With Major Statement on Animal Welfare
David Briggs, Huffington Post

First, Pope Francis issued a major encyclical in June stating any act of cruelty toward any creature “is contrary to human dignity.” Now, evangelicals are turning their attention to all creatures great and small.

How important is inequality to voters?
Karlyn Bowman and Heather Sims, AEI Ideas

What are Americans saying about the issue that Mayor de Blasio and the candidates should know? Do people think the deck is stacked against them? Do they believe inequality is getting worse? How important will the issue be in 2016?

Blog author: jcarter
Thursday, October 1, 2015

The public value of religious faith
Mark DeForrest, The New Reform Club

In the midst of the “new atheist” attack on the value of religion as a public good, British philosopher Roger Scruton took part in a discussion regarding that topic over at the UK Independent online: Scruton defended religion as a force for good in society.

Cards Against Humanitarians
Ilya Lozovsky, Foreign Policy

How a satirical card game is skewering the international development industry — and raising uncomfortable critiques of the global development agenda.

Victims of China’s Religious Liberty ‘Crackdown’ Appeal to Obama. But Will He Help?
Madaline Donnelly, The Daily Signal

Earlier this week, as devout American Catholics took to the streets of Washington to celebrate the arrival of Pope Francis, four Chinese human rights activists sat in a small, plain congressional office room on Capitol Hill.

A Place for the Stateless: Can a Startup City Solve the Refugee Crisis?
Mark Lutter, Foundation for Economic Education

Can refugees (and billionaire investors) build their own state?

Blog author: jcarter
Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The Free Market: It’s Like Uber, But for Everything
Robert Tracinski, The Federalist

If it sometimes seems like it’s impossible to restore the free market, as if every new wave of government regulation is irreversible, then consider that one form of regulation, which is common in the most dogmatically big-government enclaves in the country, is being pretty much completely dismantled before our eyes. And it’s the hippest thing ever.

A Millennial’s Take on Godly Civil Disobedience
Bryan Ballas, Juicy Ecumenism

So was Kim Davis in the right? To answer this question we must approach the issue from two angles: the authority of government and the duty of the Christian in the face of unjust orders.

Right To Work 2.0: A Vision For New Business And Economic Growth
Jay Caruso, Opportunity Lives

Big business loves regulation because it prevents competition. Amazon, Home Depot, Best Buy, and other big online retailers support an Internet sales tax because smaller online retailers will have difficulty complying.

Seven-in-ten people globally live on $10 or less per day
Rakesh Kochhar, Pew Research

Following his election in March 2013, Pope Francis wasted little time in conveying his great unease with the state of global poverty and inequality.

Blog author: jcarter
Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Taxing Churches Would Marry Church And State
Paul R. DeHart and Kevin Stuart, The Federalist

Saying government can tax religious organizations affirms the sovereignty of state over church.

Bulgaria should not let more migrants in, Orthodox Church says
Sofia News Agency

The Bulgarian Orthodox Church has announced it will help migrants who have arrived in Bulgaria, but has urged authorities not to let any more migrants in.

What the four previous popes had to say about socialism
Mark J. Perry, AEI Ideas

Pope Pius XI further emphasized the fundamental opposition between Communism and Christianity, and made it clear that no Catholic could subscribe even to moderate Socialism.

How We Should Help the Poor Escape Poverty
Collette Caprara, The Daily Signal

The Census Bureau’s most recent poverty data was released last week and, predictably, vast expenditures on anti-poverty programs have not budged the numbers: more than 45 million Americans are living in poverty.

Blog author: jcarter
Monday, September 28, 2015

The 4 Types of Poverty, and How to Cure Them
Robert L. Woodson Sr., The Daily Signal

Over the past 10 years, in spite of massive and growing funding of America’s anti-poverty agenda, the percentage of individuals able to support themselves free of government welfare has declined. The fundamental reason the nation has failed to effectively reduce dependency and promote self-sufficiency is that we’ve been misdiagnosing poverty.

Obama Welcomes the Pope but Not the Pope’s Core Beliefs about Life and Liberty
Rob Schwarzwalder, The Stream

President Obama’s remarks upon greeting the Pope at the White House generally were lovely. There was also, within them, a great deal of moral irony.

Pope Francis challenges us to include the poor in society
Timothy P. Carney, AEI Ideas

Pope Francis never stops talking about the poor — and that’s good. The question is whether we Americans can understand what he’s saying.

Do public goods have to be public? Not in some African countries.
Danielle Carter Kushner, Lauren M. MacLean and Jeffrey W. Paller , Washington Post

Private schools are part of a larger trend across the world, in which more and more intergovernmental organizations, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), faith-based organizations, multinational corporations, for-profit businesses, and community-based organizations deliver a range of services that we’re used to getting from the government.

Blog author: jcarter
Friday, September 25, 2015

What Pope Francis Told Obama About Religious Liberty
Leah Jessen, The Daily Signal

In his speech, the pope made clear that religious liberty is an important freedom in the United States.

Los Angeles to declare ‘state of emergency’ on homelessness
Catherine Garcia, The Week

The city of Los Angeles plans to declare a “state of emergency” on homelessness and will dedicate $100 million to use toward housing and other services for the homeless.

Religious Liberty, the Founders, and Us
Rob Schwarzwalder, Christian Headlines

Religious liberty is more than the right to sanctify in one’s mind the beliefs he holds dear. It involves the right to live in accordance with these beliefs, not only in the privacy of his home or the confines of his house of worship.

The Myth That Links Poor Families to Fast Food
Adam Chandler, The Atlantic

A new CDC study further debunks the misconception that low-income Americans are the biggest consumers of quick-chain fare.

Blog author: jcarter
Thursday, September 24, 2015

Is Capitalism Unchristian?
Kevin DeYoung, The Gospel Coalition

Capitalism is not required by Christianity. But Christian principles do undergird capitalism.

God and Mrs. Thatcher: The Battle for Britain’s Soul
Eliza Filby, Heritage Foundation

A woman demonized by the left and sanctified by the right, there has always been a religious undercurrent to discussions of Margaret Thatcher.

The Pope’s Visit Is An Opportunity For Conservatives To Discuss Poverty
Israel Ortega, Opportunity Lives

Much of the pope’s message about caring for “the least of these” is consistent with what Jesus was preaching two millennia ago. Underpinning the call to care for the poor is the understanding that life has an intrinsic value and that we are all created in God’s image. That was a revolutionary statement in Jesus’ time, as it is today.

Pope Francis’ blind spot on capitalism
James Pethokoukis, AEI Ideas

Pope Francis and China’s President Xi Jinping will each be in Washington this week to meet with President Barack Obama. Too bad they’re not meeting with each other, too. It would be an interesting chat, especially if they discussed the merits of modern capitalism.

Blog author: jcarter
Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Poll: More Americans, majority of Christian Millennials believe religious freedom is worse than 10 years ago
Alliance Defending Freedom

ADF-commissioned Barna study shows many believe religious freedom has gotten worse in past decade

In clash with pope’s climate call, U.S. Church leases drilling rights
Richard Valdmanis, Reuters

On Francis’ first visit to the United States this week, the business dealings suggest that some leaders of the U.S. Catholic Church are practicing a different approach to the environment than the pontiff is preaching.

The many ways to measure economic inequality
Drew DeSilver, Pew Research

As Federal Reserve economist Arthur Kennickell wrote in a 2009 paper, “‘Inequality’ may seem a simple term, but operationally it may mean many different things, depending on the point of view.”

Entrepreneurship: An Opportunity for Personal, Individual Flourishing
Tim Hoerr, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

Just what is it about entrepreneurial environments that make them such fertile soil for personal flourishing? There are at least three reasons.

Blog author: jcarter
Tuesday, September 22, 2015

27 Facts About Pope Francis
Kate Scanlon, The Daily Signal

Pope Francis is about to make his first visit to the United States. According to his schedule, Francis will arrive in the United States on Sept. 22, and he will visit Washington, New York City, and Philadelphia.

Homeschooling in the City
Matthew Hennessey, City Journal

Frustrated with the public schools, middle-class urbanites embrace an educational movement.

We Can’t Solve Poverty Without Addressing Families
Maura Corrigan, The Federalist

New poverty statistics can’t show that fighting poverty is more difficult and more expensive because of America’s fragmenting and chaotic families.

Perhaps the most powerful defense of market capitalism you will ever read
James Pethokoukis, AEI Ideas

“The Great Enrichment of the past two centuries has dwarfed any of the previous and temporary enrichments. Explaining it is the central scientific task of economics and economic history, and it matters for any other sort of social science or recent history.”

Blog author: jcarter
Monday, September 21, 2015

If we really care about the poor, shouldn’t we want better official data on poverty?
Nicholas Eberstadt, AEI Ideas

One might think that a truly compassionate society would demand detailed, accurate and useful data to guide anti-poverty efforts and improve social outcomes. It is a shame — some might say a scandal — that we as a nation have manifestly failed to do so. Indeed, we have largely neglected the task of generating policy-relevant data about the condition of our poor and vulnerable for the past 40 years.

What Makes a Society Thrive?
James Stoner and Harold James, Public Discourse

A collection of essays helps the public understand the elements that make up a society where people can flourish, the reasons for our society’s current problems, and some avenues for potential reform.

Nightmare Of Sex Trafficking
Melissa Boughton and Dave Munday, The Post and Courier

Victims in s.c. Pay a high price in an industry fueled by greed, lust.

Freedom in the New Testament
Art Lindsley, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

It is not that political freedom or freedom from slavery was unimportant, but that there was an even deeper bondage that had to be overcome first of all. With the Greeks, the problem was with the mind, but in the New Testament, the problem was the bondage of the will.