Category: PowerLinks

Blog author: jcarter
Friday, July 1, 2016
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A Christian Speaks Up for Capitalism
James D. Gwartney, FEE

In this August 1986 essay, “A Christian Speaks Up for Capitalism,” Jim points out that “capitalism does not force individuals to worship ‘the almighty dollar.’ A person is as free to be an ascetic Christian as to be a hedonist.”

Where Have All The Free Traders Gone?
David Harsanyi, The Federalist

Few Republicans pushed back against Donald Trump’s litany of absurdities regarding international trade. Democrats were no better.

How Government Helps White Criminals
Learn Liberty

In an attempt to help black people and ex-convicts land jobs, policymakers have increased the employment prospects of white ex-convicts.

6 Problems With the Senate’s Mandatory GMO Labeling Bill
Daren Bakst, The Daily Signal

Senate agriculture leaders have come up with misguided legislation that would mandate labels for genetically engineered food (GMO).

Blog author: jcarter
Thursday, June 30, 2016
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Supreme Court rejects pharmacists’ appeal on contraception
Associated Press

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to hear an appeal from Washington state pharmacists who said they have religious objections to dispensing Plan B or other emergency contraceptives.

After slamming trade deals, Trump tangles with business leaders
Ginger Gibson, Reuters

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump fired back at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, saying the nation’s largest business association needed to “fight harder” for American workers, after it issued a scathing criticism of his economic platform.

Free Ebooks: These Five Freedom Philosophers Will Liberate Your Mind
Dan Sanchez, FEE

We at FEE are happy to present the Essential series, five free ebooks collecting the key works of five great freedom philosophers: Leonard Read, Ludwig von Mises, Henry Hazlitt, F.A. Hayek, and Frédéric Bastiat. In each of these compact anthologies, you will find a powerful case for liberty.

What is the anthropological vision of work in a world in which work is unnecessary?
Rob Vischer, Mirror of Justice

I have always suspected that the movie “Wall-E” was a more accurate glimpse of the future than I care to admit — how do we get our minds around a world in which technology has made systemic underemployment a permanent and growing reality?

Blog author: jcarter
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
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Professor raised under communism explains academics’ love of socialism – and why they’re wrong
Julianne Stanford, The College Fix

The difference between ideas and facts is lost on leftist scholars.

What Is the Promise of the Free Enterprise System?
David Azerrad, The Imaginative Conservative

The Free Enterprise System is dynamic. It is disruptive, yet also full of opportunities in its competitive nature. It requires hard work and virtue in order for it to be possible. If capitalism is to rise above cronyism, a proper understanding must not only be cultivated but also promoted. Dr. David Azerrad offers us such an understanding.

The West Is Turning against Free Trade, Again
Diego Zuluaga, FEE

We should be concerned: free trade has been responsible for a large proportion of the dramatic drop in poverty rates across the world in the last fifty years.

Brexit or Fixit
John Cochrane, The Grumpy Economist

Many commenters compare Brexit to the American revolution. I think the constitutional convention is a better analogy for the moment and challenge ahead. A first attempt at union resulted in an unworkable Federal structure. Europe needs a constitutional convention to fix its union.

Blog author: jcarter
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
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Thomas Sowell’s Escape from Socialism
Joe Carter, The Stream

Sowell thought his way into Marxism, then back out again into a vision of freedom.

How Failures Helped Lead to Success in New York’s War on Poverty
Linda Gibbs and Robert Doar, Washington Monthly

“You might say, why should we pay people for doing what they are supposed to do?” Bloomberg asked a crowd at the National Press Club in Washington, DC in August 2007. “I think it is a fair question.”

North Carolina’s Light Rail System A New Poster Boy For Cronyism
Greg Pulscher , Opportunity Lives

The contrast is striking: legislators on one hand force taxpayers to subsidize wildly expensive and inefficient light rail lines while imposing charges on wildly popular, affordable, and efficient transportation alternatives developed by free-market entrepreneurs.

Hayek in the Hill Country
Kevin D. Williamson, National Review

In Austin, a textbook case of arbitrary regulation and its costs.

Blog author: jcarter
Monday, June 27, 2016
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Right wing doesn’t mean pro-free market
Scott Sumner, EconLog

When a politician runs on a platform of opposition to reforming runaway social programs and opposition to free trade and investment, don’t assume they are going to implement free market policies if elected, just because they represent the “right-wing” party.

‘Freedom of Worship’ Isn’t Enough
John J. Miller, Wall Street Journal

Naturalization tests will now refer to ‘freedom of religion’ as a basic right.

California’s skyrocketing housing costs, taxes prompt exodus of residents
George Avalos, Mercury News

Skyrocketing costs for housing, food and gasoline, along with the area’s insufferable gridlock, prompted the four-decade Bay Area resident to seek greener pastures — 2,000 miles away in Ohio.

Muslim farmers build church for Christian neighbours
BBC

Muslim farmers in a village in near the city of Gojra in Pakistan’s Punjab province are putting their savings together and helping build a church for the Christians in their neighbourhood.

Blog author: jcarter
Friday, June 24, 2016
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It’s official: Britain votes for Brexit, and will quit the European Union
Quartz

With the vast majority of votes counted in Britain’s EU referendum, the result is clear. Voters in the UK narrowly chose to exit the European Union—a so-called “Brexit”—by a margin of 52% to 48%.

How an ‘infrastructure for innovation’ can defeat poverty
Robert Doar and Linda Gibbs, Washington Monthly

When Mayor Michael Bloomberg declared a war on poverty in New York City in 2005, he had two clear instructions: First, he wanted a focus on helping people achieve economic success, not escape poverty through bigger transfer payments.

Sorry, Everyone: The American Middle Class Is Winning
David Harsanyi, The Federalist

Stop your whining, bourgeois! You’re basically the luckiest people to ever walk the earth.

Rights First, Government Second
Adam Freedman, City Journal

Randy Barnett’s new book calls for limits on the power of the federal government.

Blog author: jcarter
Thursday, June 23, 2016
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California Bill Would Ultimately Erase Religious Schools
Holly Scheer, The Federalist

Proponents of Senate Bill 1146 say they need to give students grounds to sue religious schools for teaching their religion, because ‘discrimination.’ Whatever happened to freedom of religion?

When Poverty Is Profitable
Gillian B. White, The Atlantic

A new book details how foster-care agencies and other safety-net programs hire consultants to maximize their funding and divert it from its intended use.

Cotton subsidies: Gifts that keep on giving
Joe Glauber and Daniel A. Sumner, Inside Sources

The United States Department of Agriculture has just awarded cotton producers “one-time only” payments that cover “cotton ginning costs” based on their 2015 production.

This Single Labor Rule Hurts Business Owners, Colleges, and Habitat for Humanity
Melissa Quinn, The Daily Signal

Under the Department of Labor’s new rule, beginning Dec. 1 any employee making up to $47,476 a year must receive overtime pay.