PowerLinks 06.07.17

A Biblical Myth at the Origin of Smith’s The Wealth of Nations Jordan Ballor, Moral Markets There is a subset of scholarly literature that asserts that the title of Adam Smith’s famous work, The Wealth of Nations, is an allusion to passages from the Bible, such as Isaiah 60:5. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 06.06.17

Free-Market Environmentalism Is Literally for the Birds Tate Watkins, FEE Markets helped transform farmers into conservationists. The Blessings of Capitalism Brian Domitrovic, The Imaginative Conservative Capitalism offers us outstanding new ways to be good. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 06.05.17

Marriage, Economics, and Culture Melissa Langsam Braunstein, Family Studies “Social context partially determines the family formation response to a positive income or earnings shock.” Cryptocurrency Might be a Path to Authoritarianism Ian Bogost, The Atlantic Extreme libertarians built blockchain to decentralize government and corporate power. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 06.02.17

What Is Human Dignity? Peter Augustine Lawler, Intercollegiate Review We use words like “rights” and “dignity” with such ease. It’s time we reflected on their origins. Why Do the Young Reject Capitalism? Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 06.01.17

Guaranteeing Everyone A Job Is Harder Than It Sounds Adam Ozimek, Forbes Will the employers being paid to create these “guaranteed jobs” actually create new jobs or just replace existing ones? Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 05.31.17

Is the Rule of Law in Danger? Allen Porter Mendenhall, The Imaginative Conservative Having flouted and subverted the rule of law for decades, the radical elements of the progressive left in the United States now face the inevitable consequence of their concerted activity. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 05.30.17

People of faith wrestle with major crackdown on panhandling Bobby Ross Jr., Reuters Whether or not people should be legally allowed to ask for money in public places is under review by many cities across the country. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 05.29.17

Teachers Unions Losing Long War Over Parental Choice Steven Greenhut, Reason.com Choice advocates win in school board race in second largest district in country. College Freshmen Are Less Religious Than Ever Allen Downey, Scientific American Data from a nationwide survey shows students who list their affiliation as “none” has skyrocketed. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 05.26.17

Dolan presses White House on relief for persecuted Christians John Allen, Inés San Martín and Claire Giangravè, Crux Despite expectations that the meeting between Pope Francis and President Donald Trump on Wednesday would be contentious, it proved surprisingly upbeat. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 05.25.17

Pope and Trump focused on life, religious freedom and conscience, Vatican says Crux Pope Francis and President Donald Trump had a “cordial” talk Wednesday morning, according to a Vatican statement, which said they focused on areas of agreement including a “joint commitment in favor of life, and freedom of worship and conscience.” The dark side of paid parental leave James Pethokoukis, The Week Democrats, progressives, and even some reform-minded conservatives have slammed President Trump’s new budget as a cruel, math-challenged non-starter. Continue Reading...