Category: PowerLinks

Blog author: jcarter
Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Most of Europe Is a Lot Poorer than Most of the United States
Daniel J. Mitchell, FEE

It’s a sign of American prosperity that we can afford to buy more from other nations than they can afford to buy from us.

Look Out China, US Manufacturing is Headed for No. 1
Steve Minter, IndustryWeek

Advanced manufacturing technologies are helping to push the United States back toward being the most competitive manufacturing nation in the world, according to a new survey of global CEOs and other senior executives.

Mobile Phones Promise to Bring Banking to the World’s Poorest
Rodger Voorhies, Harvard Business Review

The rapid proliferation of mobile platforms and the digital services that move across them are transforming the world in countless ways.

The Panama Papers show how corruption really works in Russia
Mark Galeotti, Vox

Whereas in many countries corruption is the means by which elites turn their power into money, in Russia it is the other way around — corruption is a way to get and keep the political power that is so much more important than mere wealth.

Blog author: jcarter
Monday, April 4, 2016

The Perils of Religious Liberty
Yuval Levin, EPPC

he emphasis we are compelled now to put upon our first freedom risks distorting the moral message of religious and social conservatives in a number of important ways, and in the process undermining our case for liberty and tolerance.

Why Big Government Wants to Micromanage Your Parenting
Carrie Lukas, Acculturated

How many minutes is too long to leave a child in a car alone? Before answering that question, I bet you want a lot of additional information. How hot is it? Or is it very cold? How’s the neighborhood? Are you parked close to the street and near traffic? Can you see the car from wherever you are going? How old is the kid? Is she sleeping?

Sponsors of Georgia’s Religious Freedom Bill Decry Governor’s Veto
Mariana Barillas, The Daily Signal

The sponsors of the religious liberty bill vetoed by Georgia’s governor say they are disappointed and disheartened by his action.

How Capitalism Can Kill Class
David Chadwick, FEE

The relationship between class and clothes is a particularly British phenomenon, dating back to the days of Chaucer. The cut of your cloth has always mattered here.

Blog author: jcarter
Friday, April 1, 2016

We are facing an unprecedented age of terror
Jonathan Sacks, The Telegraph

The ethnic cleansing of Christians around the world is one of the great crimes of our age

“Pro-Business” or “Pro-Market”? And What’s the Difference?
Charles Koch Institute

Critics of free markets tend to mistakenly conflate a “pro-business” position with a pro-market one. In fact, the two positions are quite different.

How Crony Capitalism Works
The American Interest

A major source of growing inequality, he says, is not an excess of capitalism, but the distortion of it: The force of market competition has been concentrated on workers and small businesses, while elite professionals and financiers (who encompass the lion’s share of the 1%) have managed to engineer protectionist rackets.

$15-an-Hour Minimum Wage in California? Plan Has Some Worried
Noam Scheiber and Ian Lovett, New York Times

California is on the verge of making itself a guinea pig in a bold economics experiment.

Blog author: jcarter
Thursday, March 31, 2016

An Ethicist Reads The Art of the Deal
John Paul Rollert , The Atlantic

Donald Trump succumbs to the age-old temptation to see capitalism not as an economic system but a morality play.

Welfare System Is ‘Anti-Work,’ Researchers Say
Mariana Barillas, The Daily Signal

The war on poverty is a war on work, the authors of a new book that criticizes the nation’s welfare system assert.

Again, What Is Economic Freedom?
Jeffrey Tucker, FEE

Quite often when I am interviewed, I get the question: What precisely do you mean by “capitalism”? It’s an excellent question. The great debate among capitalism, fascism, and socialism suffers from a lack of clear language.

Nafta May Have Saved Many Autoworkers’ Jobs
Eduardo Porter, New York Times

There are still more than 800,000 jobs in the American auto sector. And there is a good case to be made that without Nafta, there might not be much left of Detroit at all.

Blog author: jcarter
Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Supreme Court asks for additional briefs in Little Sisters case
Melinda Skea, The Becket Fund

Less than a week after it heard the case of the Little Sisters of the Poor, the U.S. Supreme Court took the unusual step of asking for additional information, telling both sides to discuss alternative ways to avoid forcing religious women to provide services against their faith.

To Fight Poverty, Cut Regulations
An interview with Patrick McLaughlin, Forbes

When policymakers create or expand regulations, they often assume that the cost of compliance falls on businesses.

Do European Labor Laws Lead to Terrorism?
Alex Tabarrok, FEE

Inimum wages disemploy and disaffect young immigrants.

Condolences to Apple for its Big Win
Kaveh Waddell, The Atlantic

The company no longer has to help the FBI hack an iPhone, but now it has to deal with questions about its security features.

Blog author: jcarter
Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Georgia’s Republican Governor Rejects a Religious-Freedom Bill
Russell Berman, The Atlantic

Nathan Deal sides with corporations and gay-rights advocates who objected to the legislation backed by conservative evangelicals.

California Nears Deal to Adopt a $15 State Minimum Wage
Adam Nagourney, New York Times

California lawmakers have reached a tentative deal to raise the state minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022, potentially signaling the biggest advance yet in a campaign to increase pay for low-income workers that has reverberated in the Democratic presidential contest and in cities across the country.

Why many Christians in China have turned to underground churches
John Sudworth, BBC

If Jesus was alive today, would he be a member of the Chinese Communist Party?

A New Car Will Cost You at Least $3,800 Extra Because of Government Regulation
Salim Furth and David Kreutzer, The Daily Signal

The most modest of the independent estimates works out to $3,800 per vehicle, even after the fuel savings are taken into account.

Blog author: jcarter
Monday, March 28, 2016

Mayors Rise to the Defense of Free Trade
Ronald Brownstein , The Atlantic

As presidential candidates from both parties attack TPP, it’s municipal leaders who are offering the most cogent vision of global engagement.

A few takeaways from oral arguments in the Little Sisters of the Poor case
Kevin C. Walsh, Mirror of Justice

Most reports of yesterday’s oral arguments in the Little Sisters of the Poor case suggest that the Court is likely to split 4-4. That may be, I suppose, but who knows? In any event, this suggestion of an split understates just how bad of a day it was for the federal government. If Justice Scalia were still on the Court, the stories would be describing the argument as a government rout.

Millennials’ Approach to Trade
Bryan Riley, The Daily Signal

More than any other age group, people under the age of thirty (“millennials”) understand the important role international trade plays in the U.S. economy. Strong support from millennials gives an optimistic outlook for the future of international free trade.

A New Way To Feed Africa And Grow Upward Mobility
Evan Smith, Opportunity Lives

Many African nations are facing a serious agriculture problem. With conditions uncertain — weather changes, crop disease and price volatility being the most common factors of distress – it can be tough for farmers to obtain loans to help finance their yearly crops.