Category: PowerLinks

Blog author: jcarter
posted by on Monday, February 17, 2014

The Presidential Bible Class
Tevi Troy, Wall Street Journal

Abraham Lincoln’s diligent reading of the Good Book informed the Gettysburg Address.

The HHS Mandate Meets an Immovable Object
Ken Starr, National Review Online

RFRA was written to be easily strong enough to favor Hobby Lobby.

Yes, the Wealthy Can Be Deserving
N. Gregory Mankiw, New York Times

A fact that’s lost in the inequality debate: The top 1 percent of wage earners often accomplish extraordinary things, and at great risk.

Adoption and Foster Care: An Issue We Can’t Ignore
Kristie Eshelman, Values & Capitalism

“Not everyone can adopt,” Graham noted, “but everyone can care for a child in need,” by supporting a foster care family, financially or otherwise.

Blog author: jcarter
posted by on Friday, February 14, 2014

National Marriage Week: Fight Poverty by Strengthening Marriage
Rachel Sheffield, The Foundry

What’s one of the best ways to ensure a child is protected from poverty? Marriage. As such, it also helps protect families from ending up on welfare.

How the West Won—but “Western Civ” Lost
Rodney Stark, Intercollegiate Review

It’s remarkably unfashionable to study—or even talk about—the West these days.

Labor exploitation threatens millions of African children
Charles Braddix, Baptist Press

Every day millions of children in Africa are at risk of being exploited, resulting in slave-like working conditions. Their childhood is forever lost.

Ayn Rand and Christianity: An Interview with Mark David Henderson
Elise Amyx, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

Having grown up with a Christian father and atheist stepfather who adhered to Objectivism, the philosophy of Ayn Rand, Henderson is passionate about reconciling the differences and concentrating on the unity between these two worldviews.

Blog author: jcarter
posted by on Thursday, February 13, 2014

What is the Point of Religious Education?
Leroy Huizenga, Catholic World Report

The best education in the Faith is the practice of the Faith.

Sorry, TNR, America’s Legal System Needs More Justice, Not More Socialism
Gabriel Malor, The Federalist

Under the guise of “fairness,” socialized law would result in less justice, not more.

Should Christians Depend on Government Welfare?
T. Kurt Jaros, Values & Capitalism

By no means is it a necessity that Christians be politically conservative, but it just so happens that many are. A number of these politically conservative Christians also find themselves, from time to time, using the welfare system that is in place.

We need to stop obsessing about “bad” schools
Michael McShane, AEI Ideas

Rather than thinking we can regulate bad schools out of existence, a better goal is to develop a system that continuously improves what we think a “bad” school is.

Blog author: jcarter
posted by on Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Syrian Islamists Defecate in Church, Light Christian Man on Fire
Raheem Kassam, Breitbart

A new documentary short by the Journeyman.TV company operating out of the United Kingdom shows evidence of the targeting of Christians in Syria, and apparent fighting back in the north of the country.

The Mythology And Reality Of Unemployment Benefits
Scott Lincicome, The Federalist

If North Carolina’s experience tells us anything, it’s that the elimination of unemployment benefits not only won’t spell disaster for the American economy, but just might give our stagnant labor market a little boost.

Myth-Making About Economic Inequality
Robert Samuelson, Real Clear Politics

This incontestable reality has made economic inequality a misleading intellectual fad, blamed for many of our problems. Actually, the reverse is true: Economic inequality is usually a consequence of our problems and not a cause.

What the Bible Says about Property
Art Lindsley, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

From an economic standpoint, private property is one of the foundations of a free society. But is it biblical? It turns out that the Bible has a lot to say about private property, both in the Old and New Testaments.

Blog author: jcarter
posted by on Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Is The LEGO Movie The Most Subversive Pro-Liberty Film Ever?
Mollie Hemingway, The Federalist

“The LEGO Movie” isn’t just pro-business. It’s also about the importance of hard work, creativity, ownership, innovation and human dignity. There might not be a more classically liberal film in the history of film-making, when it’s all said and done.

Income Mobility Tied to Marriage
Collette Caprara, The Foundry

Recent research from the Equality of Opportunity Project found that “the strongest predictors of upward mobility are measures of family structure such as the fraction of single parents in the area.”

The Biblical Meaning of Success
Hugh Whelchel, The Gospel Coalition

We are called to steward all we have been given.

Is the Vatican Violating Children’s Rights?
Mark Movsesian, First Things

Here is the latest evidence of the clash between contemporary human rights norms and traditional religions. Last week, the UN’s Committee on the Rights of the Child reported on the Vatican’s compliance with an international treaty, the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Blog author: jcarter
posted by on Monday, February 10, 2014

In defense of the official poverty measure
Robert Doar, AEI Ideas

In leaving out all that government does to help the poor, the official measure focuses on what poor Americans are able to earn for themselves. It is a measure of their independence and ability to work and earn a sufficient amount to support themselves and their families on their own – which is what they want.

Why Unemployment is High in Parts of Michigan
Stephen Moore, The Foundry

The Motor City’s meltdown has overshadowed the muscular economic recovery in this region, whose success reflects a manufacturing and technology renaissance.

War on Poverty Needs New Strategy
Josh Good, The American

Since LBJ’s War on Poverty was launched, America has witnessed an unprecedented rise in cohabitation, divorce, and out-of-wedlock births. In 2014, reforms should promote personal dignity and encourage work and responsible fatherhood.

Global poverty is falling dramatically and so is global inequality, so why the obsession about inequality?
Mark J. Perry, AEI Ideas

In a recent article, Matt Ridley presents some of the facts behind the inequality debate and points out that despite the overblown obsession with inequality, few people are aware that at the global level, both inequality and poverty are falling dramatically.

Blog author: jcarter
posted by on Friday, February 7, 2014

UN Attacks Catholic Teaching Under the Pretext of Protecting Children
Anne Hendershott, Crisis Magazine

In their continuing quest to marginalize the influence of the Catholic Church on the culture war issues of abortion and same-sex marriage, the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child is attempting to resurrect yet again the moral panic surrounding exaggerated claims of clerical sexual abuse.

In Defense of the Christian Private School Bubble
Andrea Palpant Dilley, Christianity Today

Giving parents grace in a complex educational landscape.

How Obamacare Hurts The Poor
John Daniel Davidson, The Federalist

Encouraging dependence and discouraging work.

Why Extreme Poverty Will Not Always Be with Us
Anne Bradley, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

There are many reasons to be hopeful that we will stamp out extreme poverty in our lifetimes – and this is the first time in human history that we have been able to make this claim. Once we stamp out extreme poverty, then we can focus on how to bring about ever-increasing levels of flourishing for the least advantaged across the world.

Blog author: jcarter
posted by on Thursday, February 6, 2014

Mr. President, Why Do You Oppose School Choice?
Israel Ortega, The Foundry

In a largely unreported story, a couple in Pennsylvania is facing charges that could land them in jail for nearly seven years. Their crime? Sending their five year old daughter to a public school outside of their school district.

Freedom’s Just Another Word For Nothing Left To Do
John Hayward, Human Events

Carney topped off his disastrous press conference by claiming that “freedom” is just a “buzzword,” a line that’s going to show up on T-shirts for years to come. Way to make the entire United States recoil in disgust from your Administration, dude.

U.N. Overreaches, Tramples Religious Freedom
Marco Rubio, National Review

The U.N. is in very real danger of becoming obsolete in the 21st century. I believe it can still play an important role in global affairs, but without reforms to ensure greater accountability and transparency, its ineffective leadership, ethical abuses, and misspending will remain rampant.

How Do We Advance Subsidiarity?
James Kalb, Catholic World Report

Like other aspects of Catholic social teaching, what subsidiarity requires most of all is that Catholics live as Catholics.

Blog author: jcarter
posted by on Wednesday, February 5, 2014

“Extreme Religious Liberty Rights”
Mark Barrett, First Things

Terming the protections of RFRA as “extreme religious liberty rights,” the Foundation and associated groups go beyond even what the Obama administration requests, asserting not only that Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood don’t qualify for the law’s protections, but rather that RFRA itself is unconstitutional.

An Economic Lesson from the Sermon on the Mount
Brian Baugus, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

One of the most important lessons in the Sermon of the Mount deals with keeping one’s word in agreements and contracts.

Reason and Revelation: Why Christians Need Philosophy
Sherif Girgis, Public Discourse

Many Christians question the value of philosophical arguments for conjugal marriage, preferring to appeal to revelation. But our natural moral knowledge in some ways precedes revelation and helps us to understand it.

Mississippi Most Religious State, Vermont Least Religious
Frank Newport, Gallup

Religiousness across the U.S. in 2013 remained similar to previous years. With 61% of its residents classified as very religious, Mississippi held on to its position as the most religious state, while Vermont, with 22% very religious residents, remained the least religious.

Blog author: jcarter
posted by on Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Charter High Schools Increase Earnings and Educational Achievement
Alex Tabarrok, Marginal Revolution

Private and charter schools appear to have significant but modest effects on test scores but much larger effects on educational attainment and even on long-run earnings

Reason and Revelation: Why Christians Need Philosophy
Sherif Girgis, Public Discourse

Many Christians question the value of philosophical arguments for conjugal marriage, preferring to appeal to revelation. But our natural moral knowledge in some ways precedes revelation and helps us to understand it.

The Gains from Getting Rid of “Run Amok” Occupational Licensing
David Henderson, Econlog

If licensing causes pay to be about 14 percent higher, how would it do that? I think almost any economist, including the authors, would answer that it does so by restricting entry into those licensed occupations. Indeed, the authors state.

Why Religious Freedom Matters for Our Work
Hugh Whelchel, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

Today we fight another battle for freedom – religious freedom. Only this one isn’t on the fields of Stirling Bridge; it’s in the halls of the United States Supreme Court. But like the Battle of Stirling Bridge, this debate has implications for all of our lives – including the way we understand our work as a religious activity.