Category: PowerLinks

Blog author: jcarter
Friday, October 30, 2015

5 Ways Western Christians Can Help Persecuted Christians
David Curry, OnFaith

Let persecuted Christians around the world know they are not alone and not forgotten.

What Is Reformation Day?
Stephen Nichols, Ligonier Ministries

A single event on a single day changed the world. It was October 31, 1517. Brother Martin, a monk and a scholar, had struggled for years with his church, the church in Rome. He had been greatly disturbed by an unprecedented indulgence sale. The story has all the makings of a Hollywood blockbuster. Let’s meet the cast.

Work and family: The keys to reducing poverty
Robert Doar, AEI Ideas

My testimony today will be about how focusing on work and family can help poor Americans and reduce poverty, and on what Congress can do to improve our nation’s safety net programs to help more vulnerable Americans move up.

5 Facts About House Speaker Paul Ryan
Joe Carter, ERLC

Yesterday Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan was elected the 54th House speaker of the House of Representatives. Here are five facts about the man who is third in line to the U.S. presidency

Blog author: jcarter
Thursday, October 29, 2015

Money talk: It’s a part of the job
Barnabas Powell, The Pueblo Chieftan

Like most clergy I know, I’m uncomfortable with the topic, due to my perception of how my words will be interpreted: “Father wants a raise.” Or talk about giving, just two or three times a year, and it’s: “All Father talks about is money.” That’s what we clergy think you think we think. So we don’t like to bring it up.

The US military is chasing a runaway blimp over Pennsylvania—and it’s already a multibillion dollar boondoggle
Hanna Kozlowska, Quartz

Billed as “the future of defense” by military contractor Raytheon, the 17-year-old JLENS project has become a costly and ineffective “zombie” program, which has proven impossible to kill because of intense lobbying, an LA Times investigation found. Each JLENS blimp costs about $182 million, and the entire project has a pricetag of about $2.7 billion.

Your Dog Owns Your House
Anthony de Jasay, Library of Economics and Liberty

Did you know that your dog owns your house, or rather some portion of it? If this is not immediately obvious to you, you will find it helpful to consider some aspects of the ethics and economics of redistribution.

Blame Regulation, Not Capitalism
Jon Basil Utley, The American Conservative

Stagnant wages and standards of living are the product of too much government, not too little.

Blog author: jcarter
Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Russian Orthodox Official Warns Eating Potato Chips Is ‘Sinful’
The Moscow Times

Orthodox believers should shun unhealthy foods such as potato chips and products made by corrupt manufacturers because they are sinful, Moscow Patriarchate deputy speaker Roman Bogdasarov was cited as telling the Interfax news agency by the RBC news website on Sunday.

Why Intellectuals Hate Capitalism
Nick Gillespie,

Whole Foods CEO John Mackey on entrepreneurship, snobbery, and the minimum wage.

World Catholic leaders appeal for bold climate change agreement
Philip Pullella, Reuters

Roman Catholic leaders from around the world made an unprecedented joint appeal on Monday to a forthcoming U.N. conference on climate change to produce “a truly transformational” agreement to stem global warming.

Ask Not Who’s Running For President, Ask Who’s Running For School Board
Stella Morabito, The Federalist

The decisions of our local officials have a far more direct impact on our lives than those of federal officials. Let’s keep it that way.

Blog author: jcarter
Tuesday, October 27, 2015

How the invisible hand of the market literally saves lives
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry, The Week

It goes to show that when you let market forces play themselves out, you usually get a good outcome. What Economics 101 predicts would happen actually happened: A company with a monopolistic position tried to jack up the price of a product, only to be undercut by an enterprising firm.

Evangelicals and Animals
John Murdock, First Things

This is a tentative step back into a field that, in the absence of recent Christian leadership, has been mined by such fallacies as PETA’s assertion that “all animals are equal.” The cautious drafters bend over backwards to affirm that “we have no wish or desire to place this issue on a pedestal” and the statement closes by saying, “We need to work for the protection and preservation of all the kinds of animals God has created, while prioritizing human needs.”

Free Markets Make Us Healthier, Richer, and Happier
Marian L. Tupy and Chelsea German, Foundation for Economic Education

This morning, the Washington Post ran an article titled, “How free markets make us fatter, poorer and less happy.” Actually, the data suggest the exact opposite: free markets make us healthier, richer and happier.

Stat check: 1 in 10 of the world’s poorest adults is an American
Matthew Yglesias , Vox

Even Paul Buchheit, who wrote the piece, said it “seems impossible, with so many extremely poor countries, and it requires a second look at the data, and then a third look.” And he’s right. It seems impossible because it’s not true.

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.