Category: PowerLinks

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.

Blog author: jcarter
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
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California’s state religion
Joel Kotkin, Orange County Register

In a state ruled by a former Jesuit, perhaps we should not be shocked to find ourselves in the grip of an incipient state religion. Of course, this religion is not actually Christianity, or even anything close to the dogma of Catholicism, but something that increasingly resembles the former Soviet Union, or present-day Iran and Saudi Arabia, than the supposed world center of free, untrammeled expression.

Almost the entire nation of Venezuela is too broke to eat
Ana Campoy, Quartz

Venezuelans are starving, and they are tired of waiting in line. In a revolt against president Nicolás Maduro’s flailing government, they are increasingly turning to rioting and looting to feed themselves.

The Other Campus Free-Speech Problem No One’s Talking About
Mary Eberstadt, The Federalist

Christian activists are not trying to shutter secular schools; but some progressive activists are trying to put Christian schools out of business.

ISIS suicide bomber targets Syrian Christian patriarch
Inés San Martín, Crux

An ISIS-affiliated suicide bomber tried to kill an Orthodox Syrian Christian patriarch on Sunday, during a special ceremony commemorating the 101 anniversary of the Ottoman genocide against Armenians and Assyrians.

Blog author: jcarter
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
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Seven Deadly Progressive Education Myths
Jane Robbins, The Federalist

Our schools are failing our kids, and ‘Seven Myths About Education’ explains how politics replaced pedagogy.

Why One Democratic Congresswoman Wants To Drug-Test The Rich
Danielle Kurtzleben, NPR

The richest Americans take heavy advantage of the tax code’s many deductions. So Rep. Gwen Moore has an idea: she wants rich Americans to get drug-tested before they can get those tax benefits.

EPA warns Flint, Michigan of long-term threats to water supply
Reuters

The city of Flint faces multiple long-term threats to its water supply, even though short-term progress has been made in reducing lead contamination in the drinking water, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has warned the city and the state of Michigan.

As Low-Skilled Jobs Disappear, Men Drop Out of the Workforce
Jeffrey Sparshott, Wall Street Journal

White House study looks at the causes of falling participation rates among men.

Blog author: jcarter
Monday, June 20, 2016
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One State Is Making It Easier for Government to Take Property
Melissa Quinn, The Daily Signal

Over the last two years, the shortfalls of the civil forfeiture system have garnered attention from both the media and state and federal lawmakers as more and more people who had property seized by police have come forward—the vast majority of whom were never charged with a crime.

I’m a rocket scientist designing wood stoves that burn without smoking–to save lives and save the planet
Ryan Gist, Quartz

“Where did you put the smoke?” When you hear that, you know a village demo is going well. It’s one of the best reactions we get in the field when we take our stove out into a public space, light a fire with a few pieces of wood, and gather a crowd just as a bright orange flame pops out from the top of the unit.

Would Money For Nothing Make Us Happy and Free?
Michael Gibson, FEE

The fatal flaw in the futurist case for a universal basic income (UBI).

Five Things You Do That Demonstrate How Profitable You Are
Anne Bradley, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

Most of us take for granted the abundance we experience every day. It’s a privilege to be able to take these things for granted. We should reflect on the amazing wonders of the modern world, brought to us by the God-given creativity of strangers, that allow us to be so blissfully ignorant. Let’s take a moment to be grateful for them.