PowerLinks 01.02.17

A US law meant to safeguard religious minorities abroad now covers atheists, too Neha Thirani Bagri, Quartz By updating an 18-year-old religious freedom law, the US Congress has for the first time taken steps to explicitly protect people who identify as atheists. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 12.30.16

The Morality of Banking in It’s a Wonderful Life Bourree Lam and Gillian B. White, The Atlantic In addition to its holiday cheesiness and religious moralizing, the 1946 classic touches on financial themes that remain painfully relevant. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 12.29.16

Where’s the Pope on Syria? William McGurn, Wall Street Journal No papal prayer vigils to protest the military solution Putin has imposed on Aleppo. Who went insane? BuzzFeed editors or the Greek Orthodox believer who leads the GOP? Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 12.28.16

Top Ten Religious Liberty and Church-State Developments of 2016 Howard Friedman, Religion Clause Each year in December, I attempt to pick the most important church-state and religious liberty developments of the past year. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 12.27.16

Is scarcity as much about psychology as it is economics? Dan Nixon, Bank Underground “Unlimited wants, scarce resources”. This is the economic problem. But once basic needs are met, how much should scarcity – having “enough” – be understood as a psychological problem? Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 12.26.16

The Spiritual Crisis of the Modern Economy Victor Tan Chen, The Atlantic The main source of meaning in American life is a meritocratic competition that makes those who struggle feel inferior. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 12.23.16

The Six Mysterious Elves of the Commercial Marketplace Jeffrey Tucker, FEE We were born into a world of amazing prosperity that our generation did not create. A 2-country, 2-transaction example to understand trade, trade deficits, capital flows, and the balance of payments Mark J. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 12.22.16

Surveys Find Charter School Parents More Satisfied Than District-School Parents Daniel Huizinga, Opportunity Lives Politicians and policy experts have argued for two decades about the merits of charter schools, with many studies showing the alternative public schools perform as well or better than traditional tax-funded schools. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 12.21.16

Stereotypes Are Poisoning American Politics William R. Easterly, Bloomberg View J.D. Vance calls on Appalachians to alter a “culture that increasingly encourages social decay.” To what Central Committee on Appalachian Culture is he appealing? Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 12.20.16

Christians Who Pray to ‘St. Marx’ are Building the Next Gulag Rev. Hans Jacobse, The Stream The Tradinistas don’t understand Marx, but worse, they don’t understand their Christian faith either. When It Comes to Economic Mobility, Family Matters Israel Ortega, Opportunity Lives After nearly half a century spending trillions of dollars in the War on Poverty, the numbers show we’ve hardly made a dent. Continue Reading...