Category: PowerLinks

Blog author: jcarter
Monday, October 26, 2015

Why the Left Isn’t Talking About Rural American Poverty
Lauren Gurley, In These Times

If you spend time among coastal liberals, it’s not unusual to hear denigrating remarks made about poor “middle Americans” slip out of mouths that are otherwise forthcoming about the injustices of poverty and inequality.

The Rise Of The Educated And Underbanked
Nicole Fisher, The Federalist

Young people are taking out increasingly large loans for education that has increasingly fewer returns.

The US just lifted a crushing burden on prison inmates and their families
Hanna Kozlowska, Quartz

Millions of American prison inmates and their loved ones will soon see an end to exorbitant phone fees, imposed by companies with monopolies on connecting inmates with the outside world.

Economic growth isn’t everything, but it’s tremendously important. Here’s why
James Pethokoukis, AEI Ideas

Economic growth is necessary but not sufficient for a flourishing society. An obvious, non-controversial statement, I would think. The recent Democratic presidential debate, however, suggests some policymakers have forgotten the “necessary” part as they debate the merits of “democratic socialism” and a more redistributive state. Now more than ever America needs a dynamic, competitive capitalism to drive the US economic engine.

Blog author: jcarter
Friday, October 23, 2015

Not Just Jobs, Not Just Bibles: The Future of Fighting Extreme Poverty
Richard Stearns, Christianity Today

After a generation of massive global progress, aid and mission efforts are pointing the same direction.

Alabama court to poor offenders: Give blood or go to jail
Bonnie Kristian, The Week

In Perry County, Alabama, offenders who couldn’t afford to pay a fine at the local court house were presented with two options: Go to jail or give blood and get a $100 fine credit.

Religious freedom retreats in many countries, but not all
Erasmus, The Economist

Amidst all this gloom, the report found positive signs in a few places, including “encouraging improvements” in the status of Egypt’s large Christian population under the present regime.

States That Tax Less Give More, New Study Finds
Elise Daniel, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

A recent report by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) found that states that tax more give less.

Blog author: jcarter
Thursday, October 22, 2015

Americans are more afraid of corrupt government officials than terrorist attacks or economic collapse
Bonnie Kristian, The Week

A poll conducted by Chapman University found that Americans’ greatest fear — above terrorist attacks, economic collapse, biological warfare, and more — is corrupt government officials.

Fair Trade Isn’t A Long-term Solution To Poverty
Kent Wong, Gauntlet

Fair trade, the social initiative that’s slapped on your coffee, tea and hot chocolate, is waging a bitter fight behind the scenes of your local coffee shop.

Concerns Over Religious Freedom Have Increased in Last Three Years

A new study from Barna Group reveals the tension many Americans are feeling on the topic of religious freedom. Overall, the research reveals a significant rise in Americans’ belief that religious freedom is worse today than 10 years ago (up from 33% in 2012 to 41% today).

Strong families, prosperous states: Do healthy families affect the wealth of states?
W. Bradford Wilcox, Robert I. Lerman, and Joseph Price, AEI

Economics has its roots in the Greek word oikonomia, which means the “management of the household.” Yet economists across the ideological spectrum have paid little attention to the links between household family structure and the macroeconomic outcomes of nations, states, and societies.

Blog author: jcarter
Wednesday, October 21, 2015

UK: Counter-terrorism Bill risks branding Christians as ‘extremists’
Various, The Telegraph

Leaders of evangelical organisations and churches voice their concerns over Theresa May’s extremism disruption orders.

Silicon Harlem Showcases How Free Markets Empower People Of Color
Carrie Sheffield, Opportunity Lives

Charisse Taylor, Director of Youth Career Connect at New York City’s Department of Education, summed up the sentiment from many of her fellow panelists at the annual Silicon Harlem Tech Conference on Friday. “Technology is moving faster than government,” she said.

Nevada Families Fight ACLU’s Attempt to Destroy School Choice
Alexis Garcia & Nick Gillespie,

“There is no one size fits all approach to education,” says Melanie Hildreth, director of development at the Institute for Justice, a libertarian public interest law firm based in Virginia. “Parents are in the best position to make choices for their own children.”

The Computer Glitch That’s Keeping Poor People From Their Money
Gillian B. White, The Atlantic

The final few days before a paycheck can be nerve wracking. That’s especially true for poorer Americans who generally have little wealth, no emergency cash, and limited access to credit to help them bridge the gap during a difficult time. And for those who rely on the alternative financing of RushCards—prepaid debit cards aimed specifically at underbanked Americans—things have gotten much more stressful after their cards stopped working a week ago.

Blog author: jcarter
Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Religious freedom facing increased threats, US report finds
Bradley Klapper, Associated Press

The Islamic State led a campaign of attacks last year by militant extremist groups on religious freedom in large swaths of the world, the State Department said in a report Wednesday, pointing to increasing threats to religious minorities in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia.

India might become less corrupt as it becomes wealthier
TN Ninan, Quartz

An interesting hypothesis has been put forward that societies often get more corrupt as they start on the growth curve, but clean up their act once prosperity reaches a level where the majority in a society decide that tackling corruption is important. The countries that have the best scores (least corrupt) in the Corruption Perceptions Index compiled by Transparency International happen to be the wealthiest ones.

Wealth inequality isn’t a ‘crisis’ — and voters know it
Kyle Smith, New York Post

The American tendency to respect, and expect, success runs counter to the progressive plan to tax it away. Not only does constant chatter about inequality tend to make Americans more supportive of free enterprise, but it also leads to a blanket suspicion about what the regulatory and taxation elves really mean to do.

The Misplaced Fear of Religion in Classrooms
Melinda D. Anderson, The Atlantic

Many people, whether they are parents or lawmakers, seem surprised that it’s legal to teach about different religions in public schools.

Blog author: jcarter
Monday, October 19, 2015

The Case for Private Property: A (New) Natural Law Analysis
Samuel Gregg, Public Discourse

At a time when debates about economic inequality occupy significant attention in the public square, Adam MacLeod offers a fresh way forward for thinking about private property and its contribution to the common good by rooting property rights in a robust account of freedom and human flourishing.

Weaker Unions or Fair Politics? Controversial bill passes in Pa. Senate
Matt Maisel, Fox43

Pennsylvania’s state senate approved a controversial bill Wednesday which would prevent unions from taking money from workers’ paychecks and using it for political purposes.

How India is fighting corruption—using the very people who pay bribes
Daniel Hough, Quartz

How can policymakers most effectively tackle corruption? The question is hardly new. And over the years, it is one that many have given plenty of thought to.

U.S. actions could benefit persecuted Christians overseas
Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Oppressed Christians and other religious adherents around the world stand to benefit from recent actions by the United States government.

Blog author: jcarter
Friday, October 16, 2015

A Biblical Answer to Poverty: God’s People and the Marketplace
Ed Stetzer, Christianity Today

We are eradicating poverty at faster rates than any economist would have predicted 30 years ago.

R.I.P., welfare?
Lawrence M. Mead, U.S. News & World Report

Reports of welfare’s demise have been greatly exaggerated.

God or Mammon: Choosing Christ in a World in Crisis
Joseph Pearce, The Imaginative Conservative

One of the biggest and most dangerous temptations that Christians face is the addiction to comfort. Our desire for comfort and our unwillingness to sacrifice ourselves for others is at the root of much that is evil and destructive in the world.

What’s Behind Maine’s 22% Decrease in Food Stamp Recipients Since 2012
Kate Scanlon, The Daily Signal

The Maine Department of Health and Human Services has announced that the state has fewer than 200,000 recipients enrolled in its Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for the first time since February 2009.