PowerLinks 10.18.16

For Disaster Recovery, the Best Knowledge Is Local Knowledge Veronique de Rugy, Mercatus Center When it comes to the recovery after Hurricane Matthew, policymakers should remember that when social networks are broken by disasters, local knowledge is particularly powerful and holds an even bigger advantage over bureaucrats than usual, no matter how well-intentioned the public officials are. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 10.17.16

About Those Unthinking, Backwards Catholics Charles J. Chaput, First Things The cultural damage done by the current White House has—apparently—made courting America’s bishops unnecessary. “Freedom” vs. “Liberty”: Why Religious Conservatives Have Begun to Favor One over the Other Stephanie Russell-Kraft, Religous Dispatches In most circles, “religious freedom” and “religious liberty” are interchangeable, but to call them identical wouldn’t quite be right. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 10.14.16

Why Evangelicals Are Divided over Trump Joe Carter, TGC Here’s why conservative evangelicals are divided over Trump—and what we can do about it. Should Christians Vote for Trump? Eric Metaxas, Wall Street Journal Trump’s behavior is odious, but Clinton has a deplorable basketful of deal breakers. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 10.13.16

How to understand the three A’s of religious liberty as Christians Andrew T. Walker, ERLC Everyone worships something (adoration); everyone wants to live truthfully (authentically); and everyone has an ultimate standard for what they value (authority). Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 10.12.16

Aristotle on Economics and the Flourishing Life Harvey C. Mansfield, Modern economics makes its way without study of the “flourishing life,” which is one translation of what Aristotle meant by happiness. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 10.11.16

We Abandon Social Conservatism at Our Own Peril Carlos D. Flores, Public Discourse Fiscal conservativism cannot exist without social conservatism. Strong families form the foundation of healthy societies and strong economies. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 10.10.16

France Shows That “Free” College Is Neither Free Nor Fair Bill Wirtz, FEE These subsidies have created a generation of people who attend college because it is free, even if an apprenticeship might suit them better. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 10.07.16

The Case for Trade, and Why American Leaders Need to Make It Robert B. Zoellick, Harvard Business Review Trade is in trouble in U.S. politics. Both the Republican and Democratic presidential candidates, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, have blamed U.S. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 10.06.16

To reduce recidivism rates, give prisoners more books Ephrat Livni, Quartz The US Bureau of Justice Statistics reports that 75% of released inmates are rearrested within five years—which is not just a societal problem, but also a major taxpayer expense. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 10.05.16

Tradinistas: Angry, Churchy Millennials Who Scorn Freedom and Demand a Guaranteed Income for Breathing John Zmirak, The Stream For years, I have been warning of a rising movement among younger, self-styled “orthodox” Catholics (and some other Christians) which rejects important moral truths and embraces crude economic errors. Continue Reading...