Category: PowerLinks

Blog author: jcarter
Monday, September 5, 2016
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Pope calls global warming sin, says protecting creation is work of mercy
Inés San Martín, Crux

On a day marked by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople as a day of prayer for creation, Pope Francis on Thursday reaffirmed that he regards environmental damage such as global warming as a serious sin against creation and wants Christians to resist it.

The Ethics of Entrepreneurship and Profit
Hans-Hermann Hoppe, Mises Wire

In the most fundamental sense we are all, with each of our actions, always and invariably profit-seeking entrepreneurs.

Religious Freedom Doesn’t Protect Child Abuse
Emma Green, The Atlantic

An Indiana woman’s claim that she beat her son because of her faith is unlikely to succeed in court, but it could have implications for how Americans perceive these kinds of arguments in the future.

Socialism in Jesus’ Name?
R.C. Sproul Jr., Ligonier Ministries

“Jesus wants us to care for the poor. Socialism cares for the poor. Therefore Jesus wants socialism.” It’s a pretty simple syllogism. It is, nevertheless, a terribly flawed one.

Blog author: jcarter
Friday, September 2, 2016
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Minimum-Wage Hikes Go Straight to the Ballot Box
Russell Berman, The Atlantic

Blocked by lawmakers, voters in Arizona, Colorado, Maine, and Washington state will decide for themselves this November whether workers get a raise.

Biofuels Less Green Than Gasoline
The American Interest

New research published in the journal Climatic Change levies a serious accusation against biofuels: namely that they’re worse for the planet’s climate than regular ol’ gasoline.

FDA Efficacy Requirements Hurt the Poor
Jonathan Nelson, RealClearHealth

Contrary to the popular belief that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) protects American consumers from dangerous drugs produced by malicious drug companies, FDA drug regulations actually benefit big pharma.

Thinking At the Margin: It’s Revolutionary
Don Boudreaux, Cafe Hayek

The lower pay of fire fighters and school teachers simply reflects the happy reality that we’re blessed with a much larger supply of superb first-responders and educators than we are of superb jocks and thespians.

Blog author: jcarter
Thursday, September 1, 2016
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Court Costs Entrap Nonwhite, Poor Juvenile Offenders
Erik Eckholm, New York Times

Fees and fines are levied on young offenders in every state but have an outsize effect on racial minorities and the poor, creating a two-tiered system of justice.

California Legislature Adopts Bill That Would Make It Tougher for Government to Take Your Stuff
Jason Snead, The Daily Signal

The California Senate unanimously approved a landmark civil asset forfeiture reform package last week.

Markets Are Breaking Down India’s Caste System, Turning Untouchables into Millionaires
Malavika Nair and G.P. Manish, FEE

Being born an untouchable meant a lifetime of being trapped in a low income “dirty” job with very low social status.

Restoring Our Constitutional Morality
Bruce Frohnen and George W. Carey, The Imaginative Conservative

Lacking an appropriate constitutional morality, those who govern will continue to do so through quasi-law, with all the consequences attendant thereto.

Blog author: jcarter
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
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Employers Are Mediating Institutions, Too
David Lapp, Family Studies

What about employers who pay poverty wages and shepherd people into government dependence?

Concern for the Poor Involves Considering the True Nature of Poverty
Paul Cleveland, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

Poverty is a symptom or a signal. It is not a thing and it is not evil in and of itself.

Study: NIMBYism Makes States More Liberal
The American Interest

According to a recent study from Jason Sorens of Dartmouth University (h/t Tyler Cowen), states’ land use regulations don’t just affect their economies; they affect their political complexions as well.

Study: The Most Generous Cities All Have This One Thing In Common

Thomas Phippen, The Daily Caller

In the most generous cities in America, most adults donate overwhelmingly through local churches, according to a new study.

Blog author: jcarter
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
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The Greatest Thinker You’ve Never Read: Ludwig von Mises
Art Carden, Forbes

Had he not passed away at the tender age of 92 in 1973, Ludwig von Mises would have turned 131 years old today. In my humble opinion, he was the greatest social thinker of the twentieth century.

The Top 5 Struggles of Christian Business Leaders
Jeff Haanen

Behind the veneer of confidence, bold risk-taking, and decisive leadership, all of us in positions of influence struggle – especially CEOs.

Progressives embrace religious liberty to defend social action
G. Jeffrey MacDonald, Religion News Service

American progressives have long recoiled from arguments based on religious freedom, often seeing it as the wars of culture in another guise, but now they are using those arguments themselves to defend social action from tent cities for the homeless to solar panels.

Did Welfare Reform Reduce Poverty? Define ‘Poverty’
Megan McArdle, Bloomberg

As the 1990s wore on into the 2000s, some of the critics began to moderate. Poverty didn’t rise as the doomsayers had predicted.

Blog author: jcarter
Monday, August 29, 2016
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Diocese says government slow to resolve contraception impasse
Ann Rodgers, Catholic News Service

The Pittsburgh Diocese continues to try to resolve the issues it has with mandated insurance coverage of things which it finds religiously objectionable.

Can Satellites Learn to ‘See’ Poverty?
Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic

A new team improves on the old “Earth at Night” technique.

Nobody In America Lives On $2 Per Day
Scott Winship, The Federalist

Contrary to what some say, welfare reform has not increased the number of Americans living, like people in the Third World, on $2 per day.

Four Lessons from the People Who Made Welfare Reform Happen
Patrick Brennan, Opportunity Lives

The legislation cut poverty rates (especially for children) dramatically, got millions of poor Americans to work and may have even played a role in cutting teen pregnancy.

Blog author: jcarter
Friday, August 26, 2016
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Don’t Blame Capitalism for Your Pricey EpiPen
Jay Stooksberry, FEE

What is usually left out in any anti-capitalist blather written in response to this controversy is an accurate depiction of how free markets actually work.

The Feudal Origins of America’s Most-Hated Tax
Alana Semuels, The Atlantic

Property tax—one of the most criticized taxes on U.S. residents—stems from a system put in place by William the Conqueror.

Surprise! Minimum Wage Hikes Lead to Massive Job Losses in DC Restaurants
Opportunity Lives

Eight jobs a day, every day. That’s how many jobs were lost in the restaurant industry of Washington, D.C. alone during the past six months.

With Wyoming Judge’s Case, Left Aims To Ban Religious People From Legal Field
Holly Scheer, The Federalist

The case of Judge Ruth Neely in Wyoming shows, in stark clarity, that it doesn’t actually matter whether religious people do their jobs well and keep their religion to themselves.