PowerLinks 06.28.17

People Differences vs. Place Differences: What Causes Social Mobility? Robert VerBruggen, Family Studies Can you improve a poor child’s life by moving his family to a better place? Low-skill workers aren’t actually the ones most threatened by robots Dan Kopf, Quartz There are a lot of jobs that can only be completed with significant training, but don’t involve much critical thinking once the skill is learned—machine operators and office clerks, for examples. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 06.27.17

The Supreme Court Strikes Down a Major Church-State Barrier Emma Green, The Atlantic Trinity Lutheran v. Comer is the first-ever case to hold that governments have to provide money directly to a house of worship. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 06.26.17

Can Jonathan Haidt Calm the Culture Wars? Evan R. Goldstein, The Chronicle of Higher Education “There is a horror of being associated with anything or anyone conservative,” [Bromwich] says, calling it “a mark of the timidity of the academic personality in our time. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 06.23.17

The future for Africa’s refugees is as economic partners, not dependents Yinka Adegoke, Quartz Increasingly, African countries are at the forefront of a more progressive understanding that refugees are, as Adichie says, more than just refugees. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 06.22.17

Can Conservatives, Christians, And Environmentalists Co-Exist In Caring For Creation? The Federalist Joel Salatin is a self-described Christian libertarian environmentalist capitalist lunatic farmer. He joins Gracy Olmstead, associate managing editor, to make explain why environmentalism should not be reserved for secular liberals, but can be part of a Christian’s calling to stewardship. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 06.21.17

Can Conservatives, Christians, And Environmentalists Co-Exist In Caring For Creation? The Federalist Joel Salatin is a self-described Christian libertarian environmentalist capitalist lunatic farmer. He joins Gracy Olmstead, associate managing editor, to make explain why environmentalism should not be reserved for secular liberals, but can be part of a Christian’s calling to stewardship. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 06.20.17

John Stuart Mill’s Intolerant Faith and the Religion of Liberalism Samuel Gregg, Public Discourse John Stuart Mill foreshadows the deeply intolerant faith and agenda of contemporary liberalism. The US Supreme Court just ruled that using social media is a constitutional right Ephrat Livni, Quartz Public space in the digital age has no shape and no physical place. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 06.19.17

How Science Is Losing Its Humanity Ron Clutz, Science Matters Today science and the “philosophy of mind”—its thoughtful assistant, which is sometimes smarter than the boss—are threatening Western culture with the exact opposite of humanism. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 06.15.17

Is America Encouraging the Wrong Kind of Entrepreneurship? Robert E. LitanIan Hathaway, Harvard Business Review Baumol was worried, however, by a very different sort of entrepreneur: the “unproductive” ones, who exploit special relationships with the government to construct regulatory moats, secure public spending for their own benefit, or bend specific rules to their will, in the process stifling competition to create advantage for their firms. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 06.14.17

California’s descent to socialism Joel Kotkin, Orange County Register California is widely celebrated as the fount of technical, cultural and political innovation. Now we seem primed to outdo even ourselves, creating a new kind of socialism that, in the end, more resembles feudalism than social democracy. Continue Reading...