PowerLinks 01.30.18

What Causes Poverty? An Interview with Charles Murray, AEI It’s an age-old debate between the left and the right. The left says poverty—inner-city poverty and working-class poverty—is mostly about economics. The right says culture has at least as much to do with it. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 01.29.18

Davos is Crony Capitalism on Steroids Ross Marchand, The American Conservative “Where the elite, meet”—and reaffirm their mutual interests on either side of the revolving door. Economic Issues Decline Among Public’s Policy Priorities Pew Research Environment, transportation, addiction rise on public’s agenda. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 01.26.18

Why the U.S. just fell off the list of top 10 most innovative countries Stephen Johnson, Big Think South Korea again took first place in the Bloomberg Innovation Index, while the U.S. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 01.25.18

The Moral Case Against Trump’s Import Tariffs Andrew Wilford, The American Conservative Free trade is seen as the domain of elites, but punishing select industries will hurt, not help, the everyman. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 01.24.18

Cardinal O’Malley: America has always had preferential option for the poor Christopher White, Crux The United States of America – not just the Catholic Church – has always had a preferential option for the poor according to Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 01.23.18

Why the government shutdown actually costs money Danny Vinik, Politico Turning off the lights and locking the doors could cost taxpayers billions of dollars. How to Root Out Corruption Without Introducing More Tyler Cowen, Bloomberg View The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act is open to political abuse, but that’s no reason to scrap it. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 01.22.18

How a Charity Uses Fake Money and Auction Markets to Help Feed America Lawrence J. McQuillan, The Beacon The new system works so well that it convinced a skeptical socialist that he was wrong: market incentives can allocate food better than central command and control. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 01.19.18

No One Wants Your Used Clothes Anymore Adam Minter, Bloomberg View A once-virtuous cycle is breaking down. What now? Solving the Mystery of Altruism Regis Nicoll, Crisis Magazine The yawning gap between ought and is attests that we are not evolved as genetic automatons but, rather, we are created as free-willed agents. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 01.18.18

A Very Bad Bargain Editorial Board, Wall Street Journal A Cornell study says students suffer from collective bargaining. Rule of Law: Order Versus Justice Randall Holcombe, The Beacon Rule of law removes the opportunity to prosper through connections and cronyism, and creates opportunities to prosper through mutually-advantageous exchange. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 01.17.18

How Automation Will Change Work, Purpose, and Meaning Robert C. Wolcott, Harvard Business Review The promise of AI and automation raises new questions about the role of work in our lives. Continue Reading...