PowerLinks 04.13.17

An Open Letter from 1,470 Economists on Immigration New American Economy The undersigned economists represent a broad swath of political and economic views. Among us are Republicans and Democrats alike. Some of us favor free markets while others have championed for a larger role for government in the economy. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 04.12.17

How Pope Francis is leading the Catholic Church against anti-migrant populism Anthony Faiola and Sarah Pulliam Bailey, Washington Post As politicians around the world including President Trump take an increasingly hard line on immigration, a powerful force is rallying to the side of migrants: the Roman Catholic Church led by Pope Francis. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 04.11.17

Nigeria Needs Trade as Much as it Needs Food Tirzah Duren, FEE In a country of over 170 million people, there are fewer than 5,000 tractors. Why Corruption Is an Urgent Justice Issue Dorcas Cheng-tozun, Christianity Today While living abroad, I discovered the corrosive effects of corruption and the suffering it causes. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 04.10.17

Ten Conservative Principles Russell Kirk, Modern Age Conservatism is not a fixed ideology or a rigid set of policy positions, talking points, or dogmata. Still, certain foundational principles unite conservatives, as Modern Age founder Russell Kirk shows in this timeless piece, which is excerpted from his book The Politics of Prudence. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 04.07.17

Christians remain world’s largest religious group, but they are dying out in Europe Conrad Hackett and David Mcclendon, Pew Research Christians remained the largest religious group in the world in 2015, making up nearly a third (31%) of Earth’s 7.3 billion people, according to a new Pew Research Center demographic analysis. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 04.06.17

Development must focus on human person, Vatican officials say Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service Cardinal Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and Cardinal Peter Turkson, prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, opened the conference marking the 50th anniversary of Blessed Paul VI’s encyclical “Populorum Progressio,” a social encyclical on development. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 04.05.17

Is Capitalism the Enemy of the Family? Donald Devine, The Imaginative Conservative Does capitalism—in its need for efficient, low-paying, and universal labor—have a vested interest in family weakness? Modern-day slavery is a lurking, pervasive problem in American restaurants Chase Purdy, Quartz If a restaurant dishwasher working in the US illegally wanted to leave his or her job, could they? Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 04.04.17

Does the ‘Populist Pope’ have a beef with populism? Claire Giangravè, Crux Pope Francis has not held back his criticism of populism in the past describing it as “evil” and a form of “egotism,” yet the media hails him as the ‘populist pope.’ But the unique approach to the masses adopted by this pontificate cannot be understood without the three P’s: populism, proximity, and the peripheries. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 04.03.17

Apprenticeships can be the key to Trump’s promise to create millions of new American jobs Nicholas Wyman, Quartz The power of apprenticeship programs in reducing youth unemployment and narrowing the skills gap by creating custom skilled workers has long been demonstrated in northern Europe, where this centuries-old form of learning remains strong and enjoys both business and societal support. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 03.31.17

‘Religious left’ emerging as U.S. political force in Trump era Scott Malone, Reuters Some in the religious left are inspired by Pope Francis, the Roman Catholic leader who has been an outspoken critic of anti-immigrant policies and a champion of helping the needy. Continue Reading...