Category: PowerLinks

Blog author: jcarter
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
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Russian Orthodox Official Warns Eating Potato Chips Is ‘Sinful’
The Moscow Times

Orthodox believers should shun unhealthy foods such as potato chips and products made by corrupt manufacturers because they are sinful, Moscow Patriarchate deputy speaker Roman Bogdasarov was cited as telling the Interfax news agency by the RBC news website on Sunday.

Why Intellectuals Hate Capitalism
Nick Gillespie, Reason.com

Whole Foods CEO John Mackey on entrepreneurship, snobbery, and the minimum wage.

World Catholic leaders appeal for bold climate change agreement
Philip Pullella, Reuters

Roman Catholic leaders from around the world made an unprecedented joint appeal on Monday to a forthcoming U.N. conference on climate change to produce “a truly transformational” agreement to stem global warming.

Ask Not Who’s Running For President, Ask Who’s Running For School Board
Stella Morabito, The Federalist

The decisions of our local officials have a far more direct impact on our lives than those of federal officials. Let’s keep it that way.

Blog author: jcarter
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
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How the invisible hand of the market literally saves lives
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry, The Week

It goes to show that when you let market forces play themselves out, you usually get a good outcome. What Economics 101 predicts would happen actually happened: A company with a monopolistic position tried to jack up the price of a product, only to be undercut by an enterprising firm.

Evangelicals and Animals
John Murdock, First Things

This is a tentative step back into a field that, in the absence of recent Christian leadership, has been mined by such fallacies as PETA’s assertion that “all animals are equal.” The cautious drafters bend over backwards to affirm that “we have no wish or desire to place this issue on a pedestal” and the statement closes by saying, “We need to work for the protection and preservation of all the kinds of animals God has created, while prioritizing human needs.”

Free Markets Make Us Healthier, Richer, and Happier
Marian L. Tupy and Chelsea German, Foundation for Economic Education

This morning, the Washington Post ran an article titled, “How free markets make us fatter, poorer and less happy.” Actually, the data suggest the exact opposite: free markets make us healthier, richer and happier.

Stat check: 1 in 10 of the world’s poorest adults is an American
Matthew Yglesias , Vox

Even Paul Buchheit, who wrote the piece, said it “seems impossible, with so many extremely poor countries, and it requires a second look at the data, and then a third look.” And he’s right. It seems impossible because it’s not true.

Blog author: jcarter
Monday, October 26, 2015
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Why the Left Isn’t Talking About Rural American Poverty
Lauren Gurley, In These Times

If you spend time among coastal liberals, it’s not unusual to hear denigrating remarks made about poor “middle Americans” slip out of mouths that are otherwise forthcoming about the injustices of poverty and inequality.

The Rise Of The Educated And Underbanked
Nicole Fisher, The Federalist

Young people are taking out increasingly large loans for education that has increasingly fewer returns.

The US just lifted a crushing burden on prison inmates and their families
Hanna Kozlowska, Quartz

Millions of American prison inmates and their loved ones will soon see an end to exorbitant phone fees, imposed by companies with monopolies on connecting inmates with the outside world.

Economic growth isn’t everything, but it’s tremendously important. Here’s why
James Pethokoukis, AEI Ideas

Economic growth is necessary but not sufficient for a flourishing society. An obvious, non-controversial statement, I would think. The recent Democratic presidential debate, however, suggests some policymakers have forgotten the “necessary” part as they debate the merits of “democratic socialism” and a more redistributive state. Now more than ever America needs a dynamic, competitive capitalism to drive the US economic engine.

Blog author: jcarter
Friday, October 23, 2015
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Not Just Jobs, Not Just Bibles: The Future of Fighting Extreme Poverty
Richard Stearns, Christianity Today

After a generation of massive global progress, aid and mission efforts are pointing the same direction.

Alabama court to poor offenders: Give blood or go to jail
Bonnie Kristian, The Week

In Perry County, Alabama, offenders who couldn’t afford to pay a fine at the local court house were presented with two options: Go to jail or give blood and get a $100 fine credit.

Religious freedom retreats in many countries, but not all
Erasmus, The Economist

Amidst all this gloom, the report found positive signs in a few places, including “encouraging improvements” in the status of Egypt’s large Christian population under the present regime.

States That Tax Less Give More, New Study Finds
Elise Daniel, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

A recent report by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) found that states that tax more give less.

Blog author: jcarter
Thursday, October 22, 2015
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Americans are more afraid of corrupt government officials than terrorist attacks or economic collapse
Bonnie Kristian, The Week

A poll conducted by Chapman University found that Americans’ greatest fear — above terrorist attacks, economic collapse, biological warfare, and more — is corrupt government officials.

Fair Trade Isn’t A Long-term Solution To Poverty
Kent Wong, Gauntlet

Fair trade, the social initiative that’s slapped on your coffee, tea and hot chocolate, is waging a bitter fight behind the scenes of your local coffee shop.

Concerns Over Religious Freedom Have Increased in Last Three Years
Barna

A new study from Barna Group reveals the tension many Americans are feeling on the topic of religious freedom. Overall, the research reveals a significant rise in Americans’ belief that religious freedom is worse today than 10 years ago (up from 33% in 2012 to 41% today).

Strong families, prosperous states: Do healthy families affect the wealth of states?
W. Bradford Wilcox, Robert I. Lerman, and Joseph Price, AEI

Economics has its roots in the Greek word oikonomia, which means the “management of the household.” Yet economists across the ideological spectrum have paid little attention to the links between household family structure and the macroeconomic outcomes of nations, states, and societies.

Blog author: jcarter
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
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UK: Counter-terrorism Bill risks branding Christians as ‘extremists’
Various, The Telegraph

Leaders of evangelical organisations and churches voice their concerns over Theresa May’s extremism disruption orders.

Silicon Harlem Showcases How Free Markets Empower People Of Color
Carrie Sheffield, Opportunity Lives

Charisse Taylor, Director of Youth Career Connect at New York City’s Department of Education, summed up the sentiment from many of her fellow panelists at the annual Silicon Harlem Tech Conference on Friday. “Technology is moving faster than government,” she said.

Nevada Families Fight ACLU’s Attempt to Destroy School Choice
Alexis Garcia & Nick Gillespie, Reason.com

“There is no one size fits all approach to education,” says Melanie Hildreth, director of development at the Institute for Justice, a libertarian public interest law firm based in Virginia. “Parents are in the best position to make choices for their own children.”

The Computer Glitch That’s Keeping Poor People From Their Money
Gillian B. White, The Atlantic

The final few days before a paycheck can be nerve wracking. That’s especially true for poorer Americans who generally have little wealth, no emergency cash, and limited access to credit to help them bridge the gap during a difficult time. And for those who rely on the alternative financing of RushCards—prepaid debit cards aimed specifically at underbanked Americans—things have gotten much more stressful after their cards stopped working a week ago.

Blog author: jcarter
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
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Religious freedom facing increased threats, US report finds
Bradley Klapper, Associated Press

The Islamic State led a campaign of attacks last year by militant extremist groups on religious freedom in large swaths of the world, the State Department said in a report Wednesday, pointing to increasing threats to religious minorities in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia.

India might become less corrupt as it becomes wealthier
TN Ninan, Quartz

An interesting hypothesis has been put forward that societies often get more corrupt as they start on the growth curve, but clean up their act once prosperity reaches a level where the majority in a society decide that tackling corruption is important. The countries that have the best scores (least corrupt) in the Corruption Perceptions Index compiled by Transparency International happen to be the wealthiest ones.

Wealth inequality isn’t a ‘crisis’ — and voters know it
Kyle Smith, New York Post

The American tendency to respect, and expect, success runs counter to the progressive plan to tax it away. Not only does constant chatter about inequality tend to make Americans more supportive of free enterprise, but it also leads to a blanket suspicion about what the regulatory and taxation elves really mean to do.

The Misplaced Fear of Religion in Classrooms
Melinda D. Anderson, The Atlantic

Many people, whether they are parents or lawmakers, seem surprised that it’s legal to teach about different religions in public schools.