Category: PowerLinks

Blog author: jcarter
Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Aristotle on Economics and the Flourishing Life
Harvey C. Mansfield,

Modern economics makes its way without study of the “flourishing life,” which is one translation of what Aristotle meant by happiness. For him, as for common sense, happiness is the goal of ethics and politics, and ultimately of economics.

Elon Musk Isn’t Religious Enough to Colonize Mars
James Poulos, Foreign Policy

Silicon Valley wants to explore space as tech entrepreneurs. We should be traveling as pilgrims.

Sugar subsidies are the zombies of crony capitalism
Jazz Shaw, Hot Air

It’s probably too late to get either of the presidential candidates to focus on something as silly as destructive government policies which could absolutely be addressed by congress next year, but for what it’s worth we may as well give it a try.

Charter Schools and Choice: The Civil Rights Issue of our Day
Erik Root, Opportunity Lives

Charter schools are tuition-free public schools that serve a diverse constituency. In general, independent, nonprofit organizations run charter schools, which are granted contracts by a state or local agency and have a fair amount of leeway in exchange for greater accountability.

Blog author: jcarter
Tuesday, October 11, 2016

We Abandon Social Conservatism at Our Own Peril
Carlos D. Flores, Public Discourse

Fiscal conservativism cannot exist without social conservatism. Strong families form the foundation of healthy societies and strong economies.

Straight Talk About Christopher Columbus
David Tucker, Wall Street Journal

Europeans acted the way that conquerors always did. We judge them harshly because they spread a then-novel idea: equality.

Turkey Builds 9,000 Mosques, Bans Orthodox Christian Liturgy
Robert Jones, PJ Media

While the Turkish government has built so many mosques across the country with state funds, it has banned Orthodox Christian liturgy in the Sumela Monastery, a historic site in Trabzon.

Will Americans Ever Trust Their Government Again?
Salena Zito, The Federalist

It’s not just scandals like Watergate that have crippled voters’ trust. It’s also attitudes of entitlement and media fear-mongering.

Blog author: jcarter
Monday, October 10, 2016

France Shows That “Free” College Is Neither Free Nor Fair
Bill Wirtz, FEE

These subsidies have created a generation of people who attend college because it is free, even if an apprenticeship might suit them better.

“Sharing Economy” Reveals that Licensing Laws Are Really About Shutting Down the Competition
Brittany Hunter, Mises Wire

The sharing economy has completely reshaped the way we do business with each other as well as expanded opportunities for those looking to go into business for themselves.

How U.S. AID Offers a Guide to Good Government and American Exceptionalism
Tom Rogan, Opportunity Lives

The mission of the U.S. Agency for International Development (US-AID) is “to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential.”

Three Essential Requirements for Flourishing
Anne Bradley, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

To be free in a world where we can love and serve strangers by doing our work well, we need certain institutions: property rights, prices, and the rule of law.

Blog author: jcarter
Friday, October 7, 2016

The Case for Trade, and Why American Leaders Need to Make It
Robert B. Zoellick, Harvard Business Review

Trade is in trouble in U.S. politics. Both the Republican and Democratic presidential candidates, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, have blamed U.S. trade agreements for loss of jobs and a rash of economic ills.

Catholics Don’t Have To Be Commies
John Zmirak, FEE

Every single thing in the universe was created good by God, including the impulse to create, to improve, to innovate, and to accumulate a legacy to pass on to one’s children.

Antonio Guterres: I will serve most vulnerable as UN chief

Antonio Guterres, the man formally nominated to be the next UN secretary general, says he plans to “serve the most vulnerable”.

What Do the Old Testament and the New Testament Have to Say about Private Property? As It Turns Out, Quite a Lot.
Art Lindsley, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

The Bible upholds the importance of owning and being able to use private property. It is especially wrong to steal or to covet someone else’s property. Strictly speaking, all property is owned by the Lord.

Blog author: jcarter
Thursday, October 6, 2016

To reduce recidivism rates, give prisoners more books
Ephrat Livni, Quartz

The US Bureau of Justice Statistics reports that 75% of released inmates are rearrested within five years—which is not just a societal problem, but also a major taxpayer expense. Yet a cheap, effective, and simple solution exists, several studies have shown: Reading reduces recidivism.

Supreme Court to Rule on Legality of Insider Tips
Ben Protess and Matthew Goldstein, New York Times

The issue turns on whether friendship or family relationship amounts to a benefit comparable to money that would make providing an insider tip illegal.

Working-Class White Men Are Falling Further and Further Behind College Graduates
Ben Leubsdorf, Wall Street Journal

New analysis finds incomes have surged for white men with college degrees as they declined for high-school graduates.

US shuts down sex trafficking ring targeting Thai women

Seventeen people will face charges over a sex trafficking ring that brought hundreds of Thai women to US cities and “forced them to live a nightmare”.

Blog author: jcarter
Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Tradinistas: Angry, Churchy Millennials Who Scorn Freedom and Demand a Guaranteed Income for Breathing
John Zmirak, The Stream

For years, I have been warning of a rising movement among younger, self-styled “orthodox” Catholics (and some other Christians) which rejects important moral truths and embraces crude economic errors.

Back to the Roots: The Founders & the Separation of Church and State
John Rossomando, The Imaginative Conservative

Like all historical documents, the Bill of Rights must be read within the context of what its framers meant when they penned the establishment clause. To get inside the minds of the authors, we must first recall the period in which they wrote.

Bigger Government (Still) Doesn’t Foster Economic Growth
Daniel J. Mitchell, FEE

The bottom line is that small government and free markets is the recipe for growth and prosperity in all nations.

IMF warns of protectionist threat to global growth
Douglas Gillison, AFP

The IMF on Tuesday left its global economic forecasts unchanged into 2017 but called on governments to take action against the threats of low growth and protectionism.

Blog author: jcarter
Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Can You Have a Good Life if You Don’t Have a Good Job?
Michael Lind, New York Times

Should the goal of public policy be to ensure that all Americans can have good jobs — or good lives? Politicians of both parties say one thing. Policy experts of both parties say another.

To reduce recidivism rates, give prisoners more books
Ephrat Livni, Quartz

The US Bureau of Justice Statistics reports that 75% of released inmates are rearrested within five years—which is not just a societal problem, but also a major taxpayer expense. Yet a cheap, effective, and simple solution exists, several studies have shown: Reading reduces recidivism.

Immigrants Play a Disproportionate Role in American Entrepreneurship
Sari Pekkala KerrWilliam R. Kerr, Harvard Business Review

Immigration is one of the most divisive and polarizing topics today. Do immigrants take American jobs, or help our economy grow? Do immigrants drain our welfare funds, or can they help refill public coffers as our baby boomers retire?

How the Faith of C.S. Lewis Influenced His Views of Human Nature, Economics, and Politics
Art Lindsley, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

“The more that people in government control our lives, the more Lewis encourages us to ask “why, this time power should not corrupt as it always has done before?””