Category: PowerLinks

Blog author: jcarter
Monday, January 4, 2016

The public thinks the average company makes a 36% profit margin, which is about 5X too high
Mark J. Perry, AEI Ideas

When a random sample of American adults were asked the question “Just a rough guess, what percent profit on each dollar of sales do you think the average company makes after taxes?” for the Reason-Rupe poll in May 2013, the average response was 36%!

It’s Time for a ‘Persecuted Christians First’ Foreign Policy
Jason Jones and John Zmirak , The Stream

We must love our enemies, but not at the cost of letting them murder our friends.

Pope Francis urges an end to ‘indifference’ in 2016
Catherine Garcia, The Week

Speaking to thousands of people below him in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis shared his wishes for peace and compassion from a window in the Vatican on Friday.

Everything You Need to Know for Making an Annual Plan that Honors God and Gets Things Done
Glenn Brooke, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

Far too many of us build an annual plan, file it away, and (maybe) don’t review it until it’s time for the end-of-year performance review or end-of-year report to donors or shareholders.

Blog author: jcarter
Thursday, December 31, 2015

Five Poverty Busters You Should Know
Bruce Wydick, Christianity Today

Why? Because research shows they are making a real difference.

Why Is the Middle Class Shrinking?
Steven Horwitz, The Freeman

A close look at the data shows that the middle class has shrunk since 1971 because more members of the middle class have moved up the income ladder than down it.

Why I am not a ‘capitalist’
James Pethokoukis, AEI

The short form should be called innovism, meaning trade-tested betterment, because if it’s just innovation that isn’t enough. President Obama thinks he can tell people that wind power is a good innovation. But innovation is not enough. It has got to be tested, whether it is profitable, to work.

The Most Educated Poor in History
Bryan Caplan, EconLog

“As the adults migrated up the educational bins, they took the poverty into the higher educational bins with them”

Blog author: jcarter
Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Parenting in America
Pew Research Center

Outlook, worries, aspirations are strongly linked to financial situation

How My Mind has Changed on Trade
Gideon Strauss, Providence

The most significant way in which I’ve changed my mind over the past year has been with regard to the role of the state in governing the international trade of developing economies.

Bay Area Job Growth Slows After Minimum-Wage Hikes
Jed Graham, Investor’s Business Daily

The pace of hiring in the leisure and hospitality sector fell to a five-year low for the Bay Area last month, Labor Department data show. Job gains have slowed to less than half the rate that preceded Oakland’s and San Francisco’s adoption last spring of the highest citywide minimum wage in country.

Despite Bloody 2015, the World Really Is Safer Than Ever
Michael A. Cohen, World Politics Review

Looking back on the past year, it would seem from merely scanning the headlines that the world is becoming a deadlier, more violent place

Blog author: jcarter
Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Comparative Advantage: An Idea Whose Time Has Passed
Michael Munger, Foundation for Economic Education

The division of labor is the engine that drives prosperity.

Green benefits of school choice
Lisa Snell, Orange County Register

[A]llowing parents to choose the public, private or charter school that is best for their kids – isn’t just good for education results, but is also good for the environment and can serve as a means to reduce environmental impacts and promote economic revitalization in cities across the nation.

Go to Work on Purpose
Keith Welton, Desiring God

The average person will spend about 70,000 hours at work. That’s a significant part of one’s life, and yet many find themselves lacking joy and purpose in it.

The Price of Prosperity in China: How Can We Promote Freedom While Protecting Human Life?
Anne Bradley, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

The trend of Chinese parents moving from rural villages to larger cities in search of work is real. There are 250 million migrant workers in China, leaving 60 million children behind. Some are left with grandparents, but many are left alone. As a parent myself, living in the United States, this seems unfathomable

Blog author: jcarter
Monday, December 28, 2015

A maverick voice in Russia’s national church loses his job
Erasmus, The Economist

Contrary to some impressions, Russian Orthodoxy is not, or not yet, a political monolith. Nor is it an army marching in perfect obedience to President Vladimir Putin. In some ways, its ranks include more openly expressed diversity than the country’s legislature or academic establishment.

Why Education Does Not Fix Poverty
Matt Bruenig, Demos

If the poverty rates for each educational bin remained the same, then the upward redistribution of adults from the lower bins to the higher bins would have led to lower overall poverty. But that’s not what happened.

Christian Entrepreneurship Program Launches Ask an Advisor Program
Center for Christian Business Ethics

Are you an entrepreneur struggling with running a better business? Here is an opportunity that could have your questions answered for free.

Top Ten Religious Liberty and Church-State Developments of 2015
Howard Friedman, Religion Clause

Each year in December I attempt to pick the most important church-state and religious liberty developments of the past year. This year was rich with possibilities, and some of my picks actually arose in a broader context but have will have an important impact on religious liberty claims or church-state challenges.

Blog author: jcarter
Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Property Rights and Religious Liberty
Larry P. Arnn, Imprimis

Many Christians, while they cherish religious liberty, seem to believe that property rights, and the commerce that arises from the establishment of property rights, are somehow un-Christian.

Has capitalism devoured Christmas?
Michael R. Strain, Washington Post

Christmas comes once a year, but it highlights a larger question: Does capitalism, and the consumerism it enables, have adverse effects on the moral character of individuals and society? Is modern capitalism incompatible with Christian living?

Christmas and Vocation
Gene Veith, Cranach

One thing you learn from the doctrine of vocation is that the Christian life includes what we might describe as the secular. The realm of “Christian” does not consist just of overtly devout exercises.

Actually, things are pretty good
Glenn Harlan Reynolds, USA Today

Free markets and free inquiry have changed the historic ‘norms’ of poverty and violence.

Blog author: jcarter
Tuesday, December 22, 2015

The Best and Worst Cities for School Choice
Amelia Hamilton,

A recent report by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute ranking America’s best and worst cities for school choice includes two consistent winners—New Orleans and Washington, D.C.—at the top, and a trio of Texas cities in the bottom half of the 30 areas surveyed, with Albany, N.Y., bringing up the rear.

Kenyan Muslims shield Christians in Mandera bus attack

A group of Kenyan Muslims travelling on a bus ambushed by Islamist gunmen protected Christian passengers by refusing to be split into groups, according to eyewitnesses.

What Do Employers Owe Their Workers?
David Lapp, Family Studies

Many workers today adhere to a “one-way honor system”: they’re loyal employees, but expect little from employers.

2016 Appropriations Act Includes Focus On International Religious Liberty
Howard Friedman, Religion Clause

The massive Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016 signed into law by President Obama last week includes a number of provisions specifically relating to international religious freedom.