Category: PowerLinks

Blog author: jcarter
Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Christians Who Pray to ‘St. Marx’ are Building the Next Gulag
Rev. Hans Jacobse, The Stream

The Tradinistas don’t understand Marx, but worse, they don’t understand their Christian faith either.

When It Comes to Economic Mobility, Family Matters
Israel Ortega, Opportunity Lives

After nearly half a century spending trillions of dollars in the War on Poverty, the numbers show we’ve hardly made a dent. If a lack of money is not to blame for the rise in poverty, what gives?

Is Economic Growth Environmentally Sustainable?
Ronald Bailey,

Economic growth and environmental renewal go hand-in-hand.

What the Third Amendment Teaches About Individual Rights and Responsibilities
Colleen Sheehan, The Daily Signal

James Madison, the prime sponsor of the Bill of Rights, drew an analogy between the Third Amendment and the right he considered the most fundamental of all, the freedom of conscience.

Blog author: jcarter
Monday, December 19, 2016

EPA Finds No Widespread Water Pollution From Fracking
Steve Everley, The Daily Signal

A landmark report from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, released earlier this month, finally puts that talking point to bed. After more than half a decade of study, the EPA concluded that “the number of identified cases of drinking water contamination is small” compared to the total number of hydraulically fractured wells.

Bitcoin Economics in One Lesson
John Blocke, FEE

The end result of restricting the available supply of Bitcoin transactions is that more and more pressure is put on unrationed commodities. Whether those unrationed commodities are traditional payment methods or altcoins, the end result spells disaster for Bitcoin.

Seeing God’s Presence in Government Work
Russell Gehrlein, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

I want to share how I have experienced God’s presence as a government employee. Many readers of my blog know I refer to God’s presence in our various professions as “Immanuel Labor.”

Key findings on how world religions differ by education
Caryle Murphy, Pew Research

While there are big gaps in average education levels among different religious groups, these disparities have been narrowing in recent decades because those at the bottom made the biggest educational strides.

Blog author: jcarter
Friday, December 16, 2016

The Supreme Court Case That Could Bankrupt Religious Schools and Hospitals
Emma Green, The Atlantic

Advocate Health Care Network v. Stapleton pits financially strained organizations against their own workers, who fear their promised pensions may not be there when they retire.

Are We Really Worse Off than our Parents?
Steven Horwitz, FEE

Even if you make less than your parents, would you go back in time to the world they lived in at your current age even with their higher real money income?

Ronald Bailey,

A Reason writer returns to Appalachia to ask: Why don’t people who live in places with no opportunity just leave?

A Quick Primer on the Role of the U.S. in Foreign Kleptocracy and Corruption
Ted C. Moorman, Providence

Money corrupted in the third world often boomerangs to the first world to escape suspicion. Kleptocrats use developed markets to preserve stolen wealth.

Blog author: jcarter
Thursday, December 15, 2016

Time for a tipping point on anti-Christian persecution
John L. Allen Jr., Crux

In the eyes of those truly paying attention, anti-Christian persecution is one of the transcendent human rights challenges of our time, and a priority that requires something greater than simply exhorting national governments such as Egypt to step up their own efforts.

The Biblical Basis for Putting Dignity and Respect at the Core of Any Poverty-Fighting Program
Kathryn Feliciano, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

If we truly believe that all people are made in the image of God, treating those we serve with dignity and respect must be at the core of any poverty-fighting program.

Business Tips From A Refugee Camp
Richard Davies, The Economist

Many of the Syrians who have fled to the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan have started companies there. Their business acumen would impress any management consultant.

How Trump Can Curb the Power of Unelected Regulators
Trey Kovacs and Daniel Cody, The Daily Signal

Do federal agencies face any limits on their power? Recently, a federal appeals court ruled that Richard Cordray’s position as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is unconstitutional in its design because the position wielded immense authority over American businesses and consumers with little to no checks on that power.

Blog author: jcarter
Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Preserving Limited Government In Difficult Times
Pete Spiliakos, First Things

The concerns of conventional economic conservatives are sound but insufficient. All else being equal, lower taxes and regulation will be better for growth. The question is what to do on the margin and for those who have been left behind.

What these Cabinet posts might mean for anti-poverty policy
Angela Rachidi, AEI Ideas

With the almost daily announcement of new Cabinet posts by President-elect Trump, his administration is starting to take shape. Still somewhat unclear, however, is his approach to anti-poverty programs.

State vs. Family: The Tyranny of the “Emerging Orthodoxy”
Paul Diamond, Public Discourse

State agencies used to intervene in family life only when it was in the “best interests of the child.” Now, however, their power is being exercised to advance an ideological agenda.

The Most Important Graph in the World
Marian Tupy,

There has been a massive increase in wealth throughout the world in the last two centuries.

Blog author: jcarter
Tuesday, December 13, 2016

To Help The Poorest Of The Poor, First You Have To Find Them
Mark H. Kim, NPR

In the quest to help the poor, it’s difficult to know whose needs are the greatest. Without clear data, it’s tough to know who to help first.

Adam Ferguson and the Spontaneous Order of Society
Richard M. Ebeling, FEE

He believed the origin and nature of man in society had to be derived from historical investigation and not abstract imaginings of fictitious “states of nature.”

Religious freedom report highlights threat of ‘Islamic hyper-extremism’
Inés San Martín, Crux

A new report from the papal charity Aid to the Church in Need finds a mounting spiral of violence and persecution for religious reasons around the world, including what it describes as the lethal impact of the rise of “Islamist hyper-extremism.”

Protectionism or Trade Freedom: What Do the Experts Say?
Jaron Crapo, The Daily Signal

When it comes to the benefits of global trade, nearly all U.S. economists stand in agreement.

Blog author: jcarter
Monday, December 12, 2016

Trump the Progressive
Kevin D. Williamson, National Review

Progressivism is not a set of cultural inclinations but a body of public-policy views.

Bread for the World says global hunger can end by 2030
Matt Hadro, Catholic News Agency

Bread for the World believes that world hunger can be eliminated by 2030, but insists it will happen only if the United States and other major global powers train their resources on the difficulties afflicting “fragile states” around the world.

The Meaning Americans Find in Their Jobs
Bourree Lam and Adrienne Green , The Atlantic

Conversations with 100 people about their work and how it shapes who they are.

Definitive data on what poor people buy when they’re just given cash
Dan Kopf, Quartz

It is increasingly common for governments to give poor people money. Rather than grant services or particular goods to those in poverty, such as food or housing, governments have found that it is more effective and efficient to simply hand out cash.