Category: PowerLinks

Blog author: jcarter
Thursday, March 3, 2016

How To Redirect Today’s Socialism And Fascism Towards Limited Government
Rachel Lu, The Federalist

In the midst of the nightmare, we might take comfort in this silver lining: if we wake up, there may still be a path forward.

Myth of the Rational Voter 2016
Bryan Caplan, EconLog

While the public perennially exhibits what I call anti-market and anti-foreign biases, 2016 is egregious. Sanders is anti-market bias personified, Trump is anti-foreign bias personified. Sadly, my claim that the median American is a “moderate national socialist – statist to the core on both economic and social policy” looks truer than ever.

Two States That Are Working to Protect Religious Liberty
Sarah Torre, The Daily Signal

With state legislatures entering the busiest time of their legislative calendar, a number of states are considering Religious Freedom Restoration Acts (RFRA) that would protect citizens’ fundamental rights from unreasonable and unnecessary government coercion.

Understanding Injustices against the Excluded Poor
Baylee Molloy, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

There is something missing in the fight against global poverty: economic freedom. In our constant effort to define poverty, we have focused too narrowly on the symptoms of poverty and not enough on the actual cause.

Blog author: jcarter
Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Are Working Class Gripes Real, Or Exaggerated?
Joy Pullmann, The Federalist

If you just look in economic terms, America’s bottom third has it better than 99 percent of people in world history. They’ve still got legitimate grievances.

The Concentration of Poverty in American Schools
Janie Boschma and Ronald Brownstein, The Atlantic

An exclusive analysis uncovers that students of color in the largest 100 cities in the United States are much more likely to attend schools where most of their peers are poor or low-income.

Poll: Only 15 percent say they have benefited from ObamaCare
Sarah Ferris, The Hill

Just 15 percent of people say they have personally benefited from ObamaCare, although more than one-third believe it has helped the people of their state, according to a poll released Monday.

Why liberals may be out of step with everyday Americans when it comes to religion
Arthur C. Brooks, AEI

During this wild and unconventional GOP presidential primary, one axiom of conservative politics seems to have stayed in place – faith matters. In their own unique way, each of the remaining candidates has leveraged their religious views to connect with everyday voters. However, some seem to think that this approach is anachronistic and out of touch with the pulse of American politics in the 21st century.

Blog author: jcarter
Tuesday, March 1, 2016

The Bible and Hayek on What We Owe Strangers
Sarah Skwire, FEE

It’s so much easier to sympathize with our own problems and with the problems of those we love than with the problems of complete strangers.

Raising the Minimum Wage Won’t Reduce Inequality
Christos Makridis, The New Republic

Many of the articles in the mainstream press promoting minimum wages are incompatible with basic economic principles.

The Troubling Stakes of the Originalism-Living Constitutionalism Debate
S. Adam Seagrave, Public Discourse

Any defense of constitutional originalism depends on accepting the principles of natural law and natural rights on which the Constitution was founded. Unfortunately, these principles no longer have meaning for most judges, politicians, and ordinary citizens today—which has troubling implications for the future of our republic.

Candidates Make Mishmash of Religious Liberty
Quin Hillyer, PJ Media

Perhaps a modern presidential primary debate, full of political one-upmanship, is not the best place to look for thoughtful answers to serious questions – but, still, it was infuriating to see the way every Republican on stage Thursday night made a complete hash of the issue of religious liberty.

Blog author: jcarter
Monday, February 29, 2016

Why Do We Need Religion?
Greg Forster, TGC

I may never have had a more frustrating assignment than reviewing Miroslav Volf’s Flourishing: Why We Need Religion in a Globalized World. This book provides deep theological insights on a topic where insight is urgently needed. But Volf, professor of religion at Yale University, adopts a method that forces him to leave the big question at the center of the book underdeveloped.

How To Stop US Companies From Leaving the US
David Allen, The Daily Signal

What’s holding us back? While there are many contributing factors, one of the most important is our broken corporate tax system.

This Group Helps Ex-Cons Adopt Free-Market Principles For Success

It has become a common sentiment in recent political rhetoric that a prison sentence is not limited to the time one spends behind bars. The scrutiny and scorn faced by ex-cons with felony records has, in many ways, taken on the attributes of a life sentence, as ex-cons struggle to find gainful employment and adapt to life after prison.

Charity That Hurts vs. Empowerment That Helps
Baylee Molloy, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

While the intentions behind charity may be good, the West’s charity efforts are outdated and have harmful effects on the poor.

Blog author: jcarter
Friday, February 26, 2016

When Will Flint’s Water Be Safe To Drink?
Anna Maria Barry-Jester, FiveThirtyEight

Residents might have a hard time trusting that it ever is.

Obama’s Economic Report Mentions Freedom Once, Inequality 235 Times
Bryan Riley, The Daily Signal

The newly released Economic Report of the president from the Council of Economic Advisors mentions “inequality” 235 times and “freedom” just once—and that’s with respect to freedom not even in the United States, but in Malaysia and Vietnam!

How The Working Class Can Regain Its Dignity
Rachel Lu, The Federalist

The working class feels disrespected, but perhaps their anger also reflects their insecurities.

Debtors’ Prison in 21st-Century America
Whitney Benns and Blake Strode , The Atlantic

For failing to pay parking tickets, court fees, and other petty municipal citations, black residents of Greater St. Louis are ending up behind bars.

Blog author: jcarter
Thursday, February 25, 2016

An Economist’s Rational Road to Christianity
Eric G. Falkenstein, Falkenblog

In Christianity, the perfect is not the enemy of the good, because it assumes that all people are imperfect, that such is the crooked timber of humanity. A Christian does not expect heaven on Earth, in that people are base, fallen, yet God loves us anyway if we love Him.

An economist’s radical idea to make India less corrupt
Kaushik Basu, Quartz

How contentious the law can be, I learned by fire, when I was chief economic adviser in India. Corruption has been a long-standing problem in India that successive regimes and governments have battled or given the impression of battling and mostly failed.

Think tank calls for payday loan market reforms
Emma Crawford Hampel, Business Vancouver

Changes to payday loan regulations in Canada are needed to protect both borrowers and society in general, according to a new report by Ottawa-based research organization Cardus.

California’s Bipartisan Push Against Occupational Licensing
Steven Greenhut ,

In an election year, it’s hard to imagine any substantive issue transcending the din of partisan bickering and resulting in meaningful proposals embraced by members of both parties. Yet such an issue is emerging in California.

Blog author: jcarter
Wednesday, February 24, 2016

“Libertarian but very pro-government”: the distinctive ideology of Silicon Valley
Timonthy B. Lee, Vox

If you’re used to thinking about politics along conventional left-right lines, the Silicon Valley ideology Ferenstein sketches might initially seem like a mass of contradictions — it’s simultaneously anti-regulation and pro-government, libertarian and pro-Obamacare.

There’s nothing magical about pre-K
Katharine B. Stevens, U.S. News and World Report

Treating pre-kindergarten like a silver bullet isn’t helping the disadvantaged kids who need it most.

When a State Balks at a City’s Minimum Wage
Alan Blinder, New York Times

The Alabama Senate is expected as soon as this week to consider a proposal, which the House approved overwhelmingly last week, that supporters believe would effectively end Birmingham’s ambitions for its own minimum wage of $10.10 an hour.

The Green Energy Goal That Is Condemning Many to Prolonged Poverty
David Kreutzer, The Daily Signal

Poverty and energy poverty go hand in hand. It is estimated that three billion people still rely on solid fuel (firewood, cornstalks, etc.) for cooking, which, according to the World Health Organization, causes four million deaths per year from the indoor air pollution.