Category: PowerLinks

Blog author: jcarter
Monday, February 29, 2016
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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
Staff

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While the intentions behind charity may be good, the West’s charity efforts are outdated and have harmful effects on the poor.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

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
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“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.

Blog author: jcarter
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
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More Red Tape, More Income Inequality
Jon Sanders, Carolina Journal

The report, “How State Occupational Licensing Hinders Low-Income Entrepreneurship,” by Stephen Slivinski, uses research findings to argue that entrepreneurship can be a ladder out of poverty for low-income individuals as well as a boon to low-income neighborhoods.

Why Natural Law is a Superior Guide to Life
James Kalb, Crisis Magazine

Catholics talk about natural law, but what’s it all about? Basically, it’s a system of principles that guides human life in accordance with our nature and our good, insofar as those can be known by natural reason.

A Free-Market Plan to Save the American West From Drought
Abrahm Lustgarten and Propublica, The Atlantic

A maverick investor is buying up water rights. Will he rescue a region, or just end up hurting the poor?

Is Financial Independence Biblical?
Gisle Sorli, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

At first, this sounds like a good idea. Who doesn’t want to be independent? It has the ring of responsibility to it. But as I’ve learned to integrate biblical thinking about wealth into my work and think about how to best walk with my clients on their journey to God-honoring personal finance and wealth management, I’ve come to ask, “Is financial independence what we really want? Is it biblical? Does it bring joy?”

Blog author: jcarter
Monday, February 22, 2016
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Who Has the Power? Lessons from ‘Poverty, Inc.’
Baylee Molloy, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

I recently watched a compelling documentary film called Poverty, Inc. by Michael Matheson Miller. Poverty, Inc. challenges the current institutional mechanisms of today’s foreign aid and development system.

Bitcoin could help cut power bills
BBC

The technology behind the Bitcoin virtual currency could help cut electricity bills, suggests research.

5 facts about the Supreme Court
Bruce Drake, Pew Research

The death of Justice Antonin Scalia has set off another of those battles. As President Barack Obama prepares to face off with a Republican-controlled Senate, here are five facts on how Americans view the Supreme Court.

Why Thatcher Matters—More Than Ever
David Frum, The Atlantic

Charles Moore’s biography charts a path forward for modern conservatives.

Blog author: jcarter
Friday, February 19, 2016
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Little Sisters Of The Poor Prepare To Defend Themselves Before The Supreme Court
The Federalist

Little Sisters of the Poor are making their case to the public by launching a new website as they prepare to take their legal battle to the Supreme Court.

Finding Jesus at Work
Emma Green, The Atlantic

Why are more and more companies offering access to chaplains as an employee benefit?

Almost Half of US Residents Still Pay No Federal Income Tax
Patrick Tyrrell, The Daily Signal

According to data published by the IRS and the U.S. Census Bureau, 44.2 percent of U.S. residents paid no federal income tax in 2013 (the most recent year for which data is available).

Christianity, Environment, & Economic Development
Joseph Rossell, Juicy Ecumenism

Why Christians need to be informed when it comes to environmental and economic policy, and how the Church can make an impact around the world by taking a prayerful, strategic stand.