PowerLinks 03.30.17

This Unpaid Pensions Case Could Crush Christian Hospitals Kate Shellnutt, Christianity Today Supreme Court will decide if religious organizations qualify for IRS church exemption. Human Conditions Improving at a Remarkable Speed Marian Tupy, Reason.com Over the last decade, GDP per person and life expectancy are up around the world while infant mortality and undernourished rates are down. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 03.29.17

Occupational Licensing Reform Gains an Unlikely Boost from the FTC J.D. Tuccille , Reason.com In the fight for economic freedom, entrepreneurs and consumers get new support against self-serving interests. Steve Bannon Dismisses Austrian Economics Jeff Deist, Mises Wire Writing in The New York Times Magazine about last week’s stillborn RyanCare bill, Robert Draper recalls a conversation he had with White House strategist Stephen Bannon earlier this year. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 03.28.17

Can Religious Charities Take the Place of the Emma Green, The Atlantic Supporters of Trump’s budget are eager to restore the central role of faith-based organizations in serving the poor—but it’s not clear they can be an adequate substitute for government. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 03.27.17

Neil Gorsuch, the Supreme Court, and Religious Freedom Richard W. Garnett, Religion & Politics What would the confirmation of Gorsuch to the Supreme Court of the United States mean for the First Amendment and for religious-freedom-under-law? Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 03.24.17

Shootout over Natural Law at Gorsuch Gulch? Ken Masugi, American Greatness Was Lincoln right in making the Declaration of Independence the basis of constitutional government? Was he correct in objecting to Senator Stephen Douglas’s assertion that all who question the correctness of the Court in Dred Scott are “offering violent resistance to it”? Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 03.23.17

What if You Fail? Lin-Manuel Miranda, ‘Hamilton’ and the Value of Work Nathaniel Williams, Intersect We may not be an award-winning Broadway playwright, but similar questions haunt us, too. Will our work be worth it? Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 03.22.17

Conservatives Do Believe in Social Justice. Here’s What Our Vision Looks Like. Ryan T. Anderson , The Daily Signal The conservative vision of social justice sees economic empowerment as a means to more important ends, namely, the fulfillment of personal duties within the family, religious bodies, and the other private spheres of life. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 03.21.17

Freedom Is Essential For True Morality Alex Salter, FEE Virtue can be guided by cultural traditions and social institutions, but it cannot be coerced. Betsy DeVos and the Immoral Society S. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 03.20.17

3 Ways the Trump Administration Could Stop Crony Capitalism Veronique de Rugy, Reason.com If the pre-budget rumors are true, President Donald Trump is making good on his promise to drain the swamp by putting a few corporate welfare programs, such as the Export-Import Bank and the Overseas Private Investment Corp., on the chopping block. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 03.17.17

Is God a Macro- or Micro- Economist? G. Patrick Lynch, EconLog Perhaps no recent critic has taken the economics profession to task quite as publicly as Pope Francis in his recent encyclical “Laudato Si,” which received a lot of attention from journalists, environmentalists and social justice advocates when it was published last year. Continue Reading...