PowerLinks 05.24.13

Morality and Economic Freedom: A Response to Gregg Robert T. Miller, Public Discourse Aristotelian-Thomistic moral philosophy doesn’t imply that every economy should be capitalist. Natural Law and the Economy: A Reply to Miller Samuel Gregg, Public Discourse Natural law does not demand capitalism, but we can deduce from natural law that some institutions that are key to market economies are normally just, while practices key to socialist arrangements are usually unjust. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 05.23.13

State Dept. urged to list key rel. liberty violators Tom Strode, Baptist Press The U.S. State Department disappointed religious freedom advocates by again failing to designate in its latest annual report the world’s worst violators of the human right. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 05.22.13

Economics, Politics, and the Kingdom of God Anne Bradley, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics The journey we are on in life matters for the future we are building. It matters for the work God has called us to accomplish. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 05.21.13

Are school vouchers losing steam? Abby Rapoport, Washington Post Vouchers have been at the center of the school choice movement for many reformers, but they may be in trouble. Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor, but Not Your Homeschoolers Joseph Knippenberg, First Things The Romeike family, about whose case I previously posted, has lost its latest round in the federal courts. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 05.20.13

The Common Good: Instrumental But Not Just Contractual Robert P. George, Public Discourse Is the fundamental and essential point of forming the polity the polity itself, or is the polity primarily a means of protecting and achieving many other valuable ends? Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 05.17.13

Man the Political Animal: On the Intrinsic Goodness of Political Community Michael W. Hannon , Public Discourse Our arguments for limited government should recognize political community as an intrinsic good, not mistake it for a merely instrumental one. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 05.16.13

Liberty Without Virtue: A Nation Without Its Heart Tyler Castle, Values & Capitalism Having witnessed the same act of kindness twice in only two or three days, my first thought was that people apparently have a very hard time holding on to their clothing accessories. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 05.15.13

Religious Literacy Training for Law Students? Dan Crane, Center for Law and Religion Forum Comments drawing on religious teachings or metaphors—Moses’ smashing of the tablets, the parable of the Good Samaritan, etc.—are often greeted with blank stares, uncomfortable silence, or nervous giggles, as if I were making oblique references to early 80s Swedish disco music. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks – 05.14.13

Pope warns comfortable living causes ‘gentrification of the heart’ Francis X. Rocca, Catholic News Service Pope Francis warned against “gentrification of the heart” as a consequence of comfortable living, and called on the faithful to “touch the flesh of Christ” by caring for the needy. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks – 05.13.13

Cronyism, competition, and finance: A discussion with Cliff Asness AEI Ideas After providing a definition of cronyism, Asness offered an explanation for the growth of cronyism today, which is rooted in the increasing size and scope of government. Continue Reading...