Category: PowerLinks

Blog author: jcarter
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
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The Policy Prescriptions of Pope Francis
Barbara F. Walter, Political Violence at a Glance

Pope Francis has spoken surprisingly little about political violence. What he has said, however, has been powerful. In a speech on September 1, 2013, the pope spoke out against political violence by declaring that “war begets war, violence begets violence.”

Europe will help African migrants send remittances home at cheaper rates
Sibusiso Tshabalala, Quartz

Each year, over $30 billion in remittances is sent to sub-Saharan Africa by some 30 million African migrants living in the diaspora. The cash transfers help households pay for housing, healthcare and education, boost foreign reserves, and even compose a significant part of the GDP in some countries.

The Great Enrichment
Deirdre Nansen Mccloskey, National Review

What made us rich are the ideas backing the system — usually but misleadingly called modern “capitalism” — in place since the year of European political revolutions, 1848.

Latinos Want A Pathway To School Choice
Paul DiPerna, The Federalist

The results are in, and Latino families want drastically different school options than they’re getting. In fact, so do most Americans.

Blog author: jcarter
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
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Want less corruption? Free the markets
Nicole Gelinas, New York Post

If you’re powerful enough to take someone’s home, it stands to reason that you’re powerful enough to reap some benefits on the side. But if you’re desperate for a retail job at a new government-subsidized mall, so what?

Pope Francis pushes labor rights, human trafficking fight
Inés San Martín, Crux

Pope Francis on Saturday burnished his credentials as a “labor pope,” calling for the protection of women in the work force, a stronger safety net for the unemployed, and time off from work as a right.

Knowing About Economics and Knowing Economics
Don Boudreaux, Cafe Hayek

There are people who know a fair amount, or even a great deal, about economics. To know a lot about economics, however, is not to know economics; it’s not to know how to think like an economist.

Big Government is young. Let’s not forget it
Alberto Mingardi, EconLog

If government grows fast, however, culture changes fast too. The sense of entitlement takes root easily in society.

Blog author: jcarter
Monday, November 9, 2015
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In Praise of Lord Acton
David Henderson, EconLog

In preparing for a conference I’m attending in Indianapolis, I read two chapters from Lord Acton’s book of essays titled Essays in the History of Liberty. What a treat!

What Happens When Low-Wage Workers Are Given a Stake in Their Own Company?
Teresa Ghilarducci, The Atlantic

HEB, a Texas grocery chain, is divvying up 15 percent of the company’s stock among 55,000 of its employees.

After Kelo, Governments Keep Nabbing Property
Jared Meyer, The Federalist

After the Supreme Court allowed governments to take anyone’s property for just about any reason, lawmakers pretended to fix the problem. It’s still there.

Borrowing While Poor
Gillian B. White, The Atlantic

Upcoming regulation won’t fix the underlying problem of payday loans: a lack of access to credit.

Blog author: jcarter
Friday, November 6, 2015
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Where Should Christians Draw the Line on Religious Liberty?
Bryan Ballas, Juicy Ecumenism

Does this mean that the government has the right to crackdown on every matter of right and wrong, including theological wrongs? How do we know?

America’s Unexceptional Poverty Rate
Michael J. Petrilli & Brandon L. Wright, National Review

Does the U.S. lead the world in childhood poverty? Absolutely not.

Does inequality matter?
Ramesh Ponnuru, Bloomberg View

We conservatives tend to get less worked up about economic inequality than liberals do, and I think we’re right about that. We should want most people, and especially poor people, to be able to get ahead in absolute terms.

Clinton calls for U.S. minimum wage increase to $12 an hour
Amanda Becker, Reuters

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said on Tuesday at two campaign stops in Iowa that she would like to raise the federal minimum wage to $12 an hour from the current $7.25.

Blog author: jcarter
Thursday, November 5, 2015
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Why Should Christians Care About Government?
Mark Melton, Juicy Ecumenism

“God created war so that Americans would learn geography.” I really enjoy this Mark Twain quote. Sometimes it gets some chuckles, but the chuckles often turn into a tinge of sadness because there is some truth in it.

New article argues poverty not to blame for poor relative test scores
Angela Rachidi, AEI Ideas

An article in Education Next by Michael Petrilli and Brandon Wright of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute takes an important look at child poverty in America compared to other developed countries, and challenges the belief that high relative child poverty in the United States explains away poor academic performance compared to other countries.

Maine Liberals Reject $15 An Hour Minimum Wage
John Fund, The Corner

City voters rejected a proposed increase in the minimum wage to $15 an hour tonight by 58% to 42%.

12 Principles of Economic Wisdom
Darrell L. Bock and Greg Forster, Hendricks Center

In this episode, Darrell Bock and Greg Forster discuss theology and economics, focusing on twelve values of the Economic Wisdom Project.

Blog author: jcarter
Wednesday, November 4, 2015
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Outdated Regulations Keep These Entrepreneurial Women From Starting Their Own Businesses
Carrie Sheffield, Opportunity Lives

Bell’s plight is part of a nationwide problem: onerous occupational licensing, which Opportunity Lives has documented, is a problem in communities across the country, especially in communities of color and low-income areas.

America is full of high-earning poor people
Allison Schrager, Quartz

Do you earn a decent salary, but live paycheck-to-paycheck? If so, you are part of a growing segment of the American population: the income rich-ish and asset poor.

School Choice Is A Moral and Financial Imperative
Nick Gillespie & Justin Monticello , Reason.com

“Education is how people fulfill their humanity,” says school reformer Lisa Graham Keegan. “School choice meets that need precisely.”

The Cost Of Treating Troops As Free Labor Providers
Carl Forsling, Task & Purpose

Far too many leaders come at any problem with the assumption that labor is free.

Blog author: jcarter
Tuesday, November 3, 2015
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Michael Matheson Miller on Poverty, Inc
Russ Roberts, EconTalk

Michael Matheson Miller of the Acton Institute and the Director of the documentary Poverty, Inc., talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about his award-winning documentary on the barriers facing the poor around the world

It takes four days to officially start a business in New York—and 101 days in Sao Paulo
Ashley Rodriguez, Quartz

Starting a business is never easy. But the process of registering a company is much more difficult and time consuming in some countries around the world than in others.

Pope Francis urges world religions to fight extremism, fundamentalism
Inés San Martín, Crux

Pope Francis on Wednesday called on the world’s religions to join forces in the fight against fundamentalism and extremism, arguing instead for a focus on “positive values” such as the promotion of peace, care for the poor, and environmental protection.

Texas case sees religious liberty, home-school rules collide
Will Weissert, Associated Press

The Texas Supreme Court is hearing the case of an El Paso family that could shake up booming home-school ranks in Texas and beyond.