Category: PowerLinks

Blog author: jcarter
Thursday, October 22, 2015

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

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

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,

“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

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.

Blog author: jcarter
Monday, October 19, 2015

The Case for Private Property: A (New) Natural Law Analysis
Samuel Gregg, Public Discourse

At a time when debates about economic inequality occupy significant attention in the public square, Adam MacLeod offers a fresh way forward for thinking about private property and its contribution to the common good by rooting property rights in a robust account of freedom and human flourishing.

Weaker Unions or Fair Politics? Controversial bill passes in Pa. Senate
Matt Maisel, Fox43

Pennsylvania’s state senate approved a controversial bill Wednesday which would prevent unions from taking money from workers’ paychecks and using it for political purposes.

How India is fighting corruption—using the very people who pay bribes
Daniel Hough, Quartz

How can policymakers most effectively tackle corruption? The question is hardly new. And over the years, it is one that many have given plenty of thought to.

U.S. actions could benefit persecuted Christians overseas
Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Oppressed Christians and other religious adherents around the world stand to benefit from recent actions by the United States government.

Blog author: jcarter
Friday, October 16, 2015

A Biblical Answer to Poverty: God’s People and the Marketplace
Ed Stetzer, Christianity Today

We are eradicating poverty at faster rates than any economist would have predicted 30 years ago.

R.I.P., welfare?
Lawrence M. Mead, U.S. News & World Report

Reports of welfare’s demise have been greatly exaggerated.

God or Mammon: Choosing Christ in a World in Crisis
Joseph Pearce, The Imaginative Conservative

One of the biggest and most dangerous temptations that Christians face is the addiction to comfort. Our desire for comfort and our unwillingness to sacrifice ourselves for others is at the root of much that is evil and destructive in the world.

What’s Behind Maine’s 22% Decrease in Food Stamp Recipients Since 2012
Kate Scanlon, The Daily Signal

The Maine Department of Health and Human Services has announced that the state has fewer than 200,000 recipients enrolled in its Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for the first time since February 2009.

Blog author: jcarter
Thursday, October 15, 2015

Louisiana’s School Choice Experiment Could Be In Danger
Kevin Boyd, Opportunity Lives

Since Hurricane Katrina devastated much of Southeast Louisiana a decade ago, the state has on embarked one of the most aggressive school choice and charter school experiments in the country. But this month’s statewide elections may put those reforms in danger.

Is There a Wall of Separation Between Church and State?
Bruce Frohnen, Crisis Magazine

Sadly, many Americans mistakenly believe that the phrase “wall of separation between church and state” is literally written into the United States Constitution. Even worse, for decades they have been browbeaten into believing that this separation requires that religion be driven from the public square.

How Social Entrepreneurs Make Change Happen
Roger MartinSally R. Osberg, Harvard Business Review

Who drives transformation in our society and how do they do it? Roger Martin and Sally Osberg argue in their new book, Getting Beyond Better, that the answer is social entrepreneurs, who target unjust and unsustainable systems — or “equilibria” — and transform them into entirely new, superior, and sustainable equilibria.

Treasury Considers Plan to Help Puerto Rico
Michael Corkery and Mary Williams Walsh, New York Times

Officials in the Treasury Department are discussing a radical and aggressive response to the fiscal chaos engulfing Puerto Rico that could involve a broad debt exchange assisted by the federal government.

Blog author: jcarter
Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Conflict drives ‘alarming’ global hunger, report shows
Mark Kinver, BBC

Conflict is “development in reverse” and a key factor that is leaving almost 800 million without enough food, the 2015 Global Hunger Index has concluded.

Kuyper v. Benedict? This Is Not an Either/Or
Andrew Walker, Canon & Culture

The question of Christianity’s place in a rapidly changing society seems to be on everybody’s mind. Barely a day or week passes that even mainstream press is picking up on an undercurrent of conversation happening amongst religious conservatives.

Power-deficient India chooses electricity and economics over emissions goals
Craig Froome, Quartz

India’s formal climate pledge to the United Nations (UN) ahead of this year’s Paris summit highlights the crossroads at which the country’s electricity sector finds itself.

The Conservative Case For Criminal Justice Reform
Mike Lee, The Federalist

The newly introduced Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act is just one necessary step of many necessary towards restoring broken people to wholeness.