Category: PowerLinks

Blog author: jcarter
posted by on Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Power Tends to Corrupt
Christopher Lazarski, Liberty Law Blog

In this podcast, Lazarski underscores Lord Acton’s historical quest to find the conditions of liberty, as well as his formal understanding of what constituted liberty.

Pope Francis’ Missionary Church
James V. Schall, S.J., Catholic World Report

The Pontiff’s focus (and impatience) is “this-worldly,” but it is not “utopian” or modernist.

Beyond Social Work: Reflections on Poverty Alleviation
Greg Lane, Patheos

How should Christians approach poverty alleviation? By following Scriptural commands for helping the poor, and by working with families, churches, businesses, and government to effect lasting change.

What Can George Bailey, Jerry Maguire, and Gordon Gekko Teach Us About Entrepreneurship and Evangelism?
Hugh Whelchel, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

What follows is an entertaining history of entrepreneurship as seen through the eyes of movie and television writers, including everyone from Ralph Kramden of The Honeymooners to the creators of the current reality show Shark Tank.

Blog author: jcarter
posted by on Monday, December 16, 2013

Pope: I’m not a Marxist
Daniel Burke, CNN

In a new interview, Pope Francis responded to critics who call his stance on capitalism “Marxist,” saying that the political and economic philosophy is flat “wrong.”

Charlie Brown, Pope Francis and Political Economy
Fr Gregory, Koinonia

Christian defenders of classical political and economic liberalism need to bear in mind I think that both the free market and democracy depend on a virtuous citizenry.

3 charts that show what’s really going on with economic mobility in the US
James Pethokoukis, AEI Ideas

Conservatives would prefer to talk about economic mobility rather than income inequality, at least for now. As far as the former goes, Richard Reeves and Kerry Searle Grannis of Brookings put together a great blog post with some must-see charts on the topic.

Sex Trafficking in Your Backyard
Caitlin Bootsma, Crisis Magazine

News of mothers selling their pre-adolescent daughters into sex slavery cannot help but raise the ire of concerned people around the world. The stories out of Svay Pak, Cambodia are heartbreaking, with a large percentage of 8-12 year olds being farmed out to “sex tourists” and young virgins being rented out for the weekend to the highest rapist bidder.

Blog author: jcarter
posted by on Friday, December 13, 2013

Raising minimum wage would be disastrous for minorities
Mark J. Perry, AEI Ideas

Probably the most vulnerable, at-risk group in the labor market would have to be black male teenagers, judging by the 44.3% jobless rate for that group in November.

Churches Gain, Islamists Lose in Latest Draft of Egypt’s Constitution
Jayson Casper, Christianity Today

Egyptian Christians will soon have a law to regulate church building. But this is only one achievement celebrated by Copts in the revised national charter scrubbed of most of its Islamist tinge.

May the Most Well-Connected Win: How Cronyism Steals our Wealth and our Values
Anne Bradley, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

What if you or someone you knew were kept from pursuing a vocation or making a living because someone else had the power to put you down or block you from opportunities? What if that theft were legal? It is, and some people – even some Christians – think it’s legitimate.

Human Rights Day: Still pursuing religious freedom
Katrina Lantos Swett and Mary Ann Glendon, Reuters

75 percent of the world’s population now lives in countries in which this freedom is highly restricted, according to a recent Pew study.

Blog author: jcarter
posted by on Thursday, December 12, 2013

Pope Francis and America’s Obligations to the Poor
Ryan T. Anderson, The Foundry

Our obligations to the poor extend into the political arena and require good public policy. Crafting such policy requires sound principles, prudence, and technical expertise to determine any given policy’s likely economic, social, and cultural effects

Subsidiarity
James Kalb, Catholic World Report

Why is this basic principle of Catholic social teaching praised more than it is practiced?

Do Mennonites Who Make Cabinets Have Religious Liberty in America?
Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review

“When my father started the company, he never would have imagined that he would be filing a lawsuit to protect one of his core Christian values, both personally and professionally.”

Christian History’s Radical Approach to Poverty
Richard Turnbull, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

How can Christians learn from history how best to serve the poor?

Blog author: jcarter
posted by on Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Ukraine protest is spiritual movement, bishop says
Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service

Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant clergy have been assisting the demonstrators.

Business Is a Community Service
Joy Pullmann, Values & Capitalism

In short, providing something people need at a price that keeps buyers happy and the business running is a community service.

How to Help Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions
Amy Payne, The Foundry

Those who buy health insurance on their own in the individual market—about 10 percent of the private market—are the ones who need the protection. So let’s send the help there.

The Controversy Over Evangelii Gaudium
Rachel Lu, Crisis Magazine

My friends seem to think I have a problem because I’m a Catholic who likes free markets. More specifically, I take my faith seriously, but I also incline towards the view that global markets are less free than they should be.

Blog author: jcarter
posted by on Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Is Religious Freedom in Peril?
Kevin Allen, Ancient Faith Radio

GetReligion blogger and newspaper columnist Terry Mattingly and Fr. Hans Jacobse, founder of the American Orthodox Institute and an Acton University lecturer, join host Kevin Allen in a wide ranging conversation about “the complex issues surrounding religious freedom as well as the prospects of losing it.”

71 Christians Killed In Nigeria In November
Pravoslavie.ru

At least 71 Christians were killed in November in Nigeria as a result of attacks on Christian villages by the nomadic Fulani people and the Boko Haram militants.

The economic benefits of childbearing
Nicole M. King, MercatorNet

When American parents take on the burden of bearing and rearing a child, they deliver a huge dividend to society.

How To Choose a Career: Advice From a Puritan Pastor
Jeff Haanen

Richard Baxter, a 17th century Puritan pastor, answered just such questions about calling from his flock. But he didn’t answer them the way we would.

Blog author: jcarter
posted by on Monday, December 9, 2013

When Kuyper Came to Princeton
Jordan Ballor, The Calvinist International

In his book, Creating a Christian Worldview: Abraham Kuyper’s Lectures on Calvinism, Peter Heslam provides some background to Kuyper’s visit.

Poll Finds Young People Souring on Health Law and Obama
Sheryl Gay Stolberg, New York Times

A majority of 18- to 29-year-olds – a constituency crucial to the success of President Obama’s health overhaul — disapprove of the law, and fewer than a third of those who are uninsured are likely to sign up for coverage, according to a new poll by Harvard University’s Institute of Politics.

Peonage for the Twenty-First Century
Anthony Esolen, Public Discourse

The Common Core exists only because we have forgotten that parents have a right to educate their children. The state has no educational authority of its own apart from what parents delegate to it.

Discrimination Against Christians?
Grégor Puppinck, First Things

In our subjectivist culture, populated with supposed irrational subjects, individual conscience has lost its authority, so much that the positive law would be the only admissible and workable objective social norm: the “single thought.”

Blog author: jcarter
posted by on Friday, December 6, 2013

Turkish leaders want to convert the Hagia Sophia back into a mosque
Jacob Resneck, Religion News Service

“If it is to reopen as a house of worship, then it should open as a Christian church,” the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew — the Archbishop of Constantinople — told Turkish newspaper Milliyet in February, saying that the Hagia Sophia had served as a Christian church for hundreds of years before Constantinople fell to the Ottoman Turks in 1453.

The Free Market is Answer to World Poverty, Says Theologian
Tyler O’Neil, Christian Post

In a presentation of his new book at the Family Research Council, biblical theologian Wayne Grudem argued that poor countries can become rich only by producing their own prosperity, and that the free market is not only the economic answer, but in tune with the Bible’s moral teachings.

Why Do You Work?
Stephen Nichols, Ligonier Ministries

Why do you work? I once heard a rather depressing answer that went something like this: “We get a job so we can buy our kids shoes, so they can go to school, so they can get a job someday, so that they can buy their kids shoes, so that they … ”

Separation of Church and Church
Bailey Pritchett, The Weekly Standard

When property law and canon law collide.

Blog author: jcarter
posted by on Thursday, December 5, 2013

Rousseau on the Reformation
Jordan Ballor, The Calvinist International

In a recent interview, the historian Molly Worthen describes her investigation into the relationship between evangelicals and authority, and provides an explanation that what is often identified as evangelical “anti-intellectualism” is actually a struggle to reconcile different sources of authority.

Ukrainian Protesters Find Powerful Ally in Orthodox Church
David M. Herszenhorn, New York Times

In recent days, the Kyivan Patriarchate, which controls St. Michael’s, has emerged as a powerful ally of the thousands of protesters demanding the resignation of President Viktor F. Yanukovich and the revival of the far-reaching political and trade accords with the European Union that he has refused to sign.

Obama’s corporatist contraceptive mandate
Timothy P. Carney, Washington Examiner

Look at the contraception mandate from almost any angle, and you see the corporatism. Sometimes it’s on the surface, and sometimes it’s implicit in the arguments.

Fighting Poverty With Actual Evidence
Stephen J. Dubner, Freakonomics

What are the best evidence-based ways to alleviate poverty?

Blog author: jcarter
posted by on Wednesday, December 4, 2013

What Is the Religious Freedom Restoration Act?
Eugene Volokh, The Volokh Conspiracy

Should you be entitled to an exemption from the generally applicable law, because of your religious beliefs? Or should the government be free to apply the law to you just as it does to others?

The history of the left-right divide: A centuries-old argument defines our politics, and offers a way forward
Yuval Levin, Salon

The modern divide between liberals and conservatives dates back to Burke and Paine. But there’s also common ground.

Placing Blame Where Blame is Due
Nicholas Freiling, Values & Capitalism

As human beings find themselves in dire financial, medical, social or emotional circumstances, they often cope with guilt by shifting blame from themselves to others, or even to objects.

Some Questions for Minimum-Wage Proponents
Don Boudreaux, Cafe Hayek

Are National Football League officials unscientific dolts when they assume that increasing the fines for helmet-to-helmet hits will reduce the frequency of such hits?