Category: PowerLinks

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.

Blog author: jcarter
Friday, December 9, 2016

Why The Media Would Pretend Catholics Are Trading Abortion For Climate Change
Daniel Payne, The Federalist

‘Catholic leaders’ believe that ‘climate change’ is on the ‘same level’ as abortion and the death penalty? If you know about Catholics, you’d be skeptical.

Why Understanding Economics Is So Important for Christians
Joseph Rossell, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

We all think economically, Christians included, whether or not we know it. We all make choices about how to obtain and spend scarce resources. Most of us also care deeply about how to deal with scarcity, distribute wealth, and maximize prosperity throughout our society. The only difference is how clearly we think through these choices and valuations.

The Five Institutions of the Market Economy
Henry Hazlitt, FEE

Let us see what the basic institutions of the market economy are. We may subdivide them for convenience of discussion into (1) private property, (2) free markets, (3) competition, (4) division and combination of labor, and (5) social cooperation. As we shall see, these are not separate institutions. They are mutually dependent: each implies the other, and makes it possible.

Ap Explains: How Trump Plans To Punish Firms That Leave Us
Paul Wiseman, Associated Press

President-elect Donald Trump threatened in a series of early-morning tweets Sunday to punish American companies that move plants and jobs to other countries.

Blog author: jcarter
Thursday, December 8, 2016

Trump’s 35 Percent Internal-Tariff is Economic Fools’ Gold
Tom Rogan, Opportunity Lives

As is his passion, President-elect Donald Trump on Sunday fired off some tweets. He promised a 35 percent internal-tariff on U.S. manufacturing companies that relocate jobs abroad.

Ten Reasons to Retain Tax Exemptions for Religious Institutions
Michael J. DeBoer, ERLC

The tax-exempt status of religious institutions remains a topic of discussion in American public life, and from time to time, public debate regarding this issue flares up and becomes more intense. This appears to be one of those times, which is evident from several recently published articles and opinion pieces in prominent news outlets debating the wisdom of tax exemptions.

Profits and an ‘Economy of Mutuality’
Tom Nelson, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

A corporation that has corporate social responsibility, not only to its shareholders but also toward the value supply chain of the local and global neighborhood, is even better.

266 Christians ransomed and freed from Islamic State
Associated Press

The millions in ransom money came in dollar by dollar, euro by euro from around the world. The donations, raised from church offerings, a Christmas concert, and the diaspora of Assyrian Christians on Facebook, landed in a bank account in Iraq. Its ultimate destination: the Islamic State group.

Blog author: jcarter
Wednesday, December 7, 2016

America’s Poor Still Lack Access to Basic Banking Services
Gillian B. White, The Atlantic

In recent years, the Treasury Department has made financial inclusion a priority. What’s to come?

Biblical Principles of Discernment for Developing Wise Leadership
Glenn Brooke, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

The King of Israel had observable facts but needed divine guidance to avoid danger.

What Is Cronyism and Why Is It a Cancer?
Daniel J. Mitchell, FEE

Cronyism is a cancer that compromises and erodes genuine capitalism.

Energy Poverty Is Much Worse for the Poor Than Climate Change
Ronald Bailey,

“Lifting all of humanity out of energy poverty does increase the risk of catastrophic climate change impacts to some unknowable degree,” concludes the Breakthrough Institute report. “But it is untenable morally and practically to insist that global climate change targets be balanced upon the backs of the poorest people on earth.”

Blog author: jcarter
Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Which Way Forward on Ed Reform?
Max Eden, City Journal

With new leadership in Washington, D.C., the discussion is shifting from whether to expand school choice to how.

U. of Wisconsin Lets Hecklers Veto Conservatives, But Welcomes Anti-Christian Hate Group
Rev. Gregory Jensen, The Stream

Recently, the University of Wisconsin-Madison sponsored a public Q&A session with the punk rock band P***y Riot. The group is famous for staging anti-Putin protests in Russia. Unfortunately, they have vented their anger by desecrating Orthodox churches.

Breaking Up With Your Church Over Politics
Clare Ansberry, Wall Street Journal

The contentious election is a ripe topic for sermons but is sending some churchgoers to the doors.

Donald Trump is an economic nationalist. What’s an economic nationalist?
Jeff Colgan, Washington Post

His team promises to bring America back to the good times of the 1950s and 1960s. Unfortunately, they also seem to want to bring back the worst policies of the 1930s. If you want to understand what economic nationalism is, where it comes from, and what it might do, read on.

Blog author: jcarter
Monday, December 5, 2016

Donald Trump’s Carrier Deal Is Just Cronyism as Usual
Robert Tracinski, The Federalist

The Carrier deal shows that Donald Trump isn’t going to ‘drain the swamp.’ He’s just going to favor a different set of swamp creatures.

How Stable Are Democracies? ‘Warning Signs Are Flashing Red’
Amanda Taub, New York Times

Their conclusion, to be published in the January issue of the Journal of Democracy, is that democracies are not as secure as people may think. Right now, Mr. Mounk said in an interview, “the warning signs are flashing red.”

It’s a Great Time to Be a Homeschooler
Kerry McDonald, FEE

Homeschooling networks are diverse, active, and far-reaching.

Lawmakers Missed Their Chance to Protect Religious Liberty
Sondra Clark, The Daily Signal

While we are celebrating that the National Defense Authorization Act doesn’t include a women’s draft, it’s disappointing that conservative lawmakers appear to be content to pass this bill without the Russell Amendment, meaning they will have missed a chance to protect religious liberty.

Blog author: jcarter
Friday, December 2, 2016

Study finds churches with conservative theology still growing
Emily McFarlan Miller, Religion News Service

Since the 1960s, overall membership in mainline Protestant Christian churches has been dropping in both the U.S. and Canada. But some congregations have continued to grow, and a team of researchers believes it now knows why. It’s the conservative theological beliefs of their members and clergy, according to researchers from Wilfrid Laurier University and Redeemer University College in Ontario.

Why Welfare and Work Go Hand-in-Hand
Tom Rogan, Opportunity Lives

To understand why welfare programs are politically popular, consider the word. Well. Fair. ‘Welfare’ seems to embody something that makes our society healthier, happier and more just. Something inherently moral and deserving of unquestioning support. For decades, supporters of welfare have used this understanding to protect welfare programs from reform.

What Persecuted Syrians Can Teach Us About American Politics
Mindy Belz, TGC

My persecuted brethren have given me important inspiration during a strange and disorienting American election. They have long been aliens in their own culture, though their roots run deeper than those who now torment them. Here in America, it’s not unusual for Christians to feel disconnected in a sometimes-toxic American culture, but it’s disorienting to feel the divisions within the church, over an election, and to see name-calling, insults, and recrimination continue after the votes have been counted.

What Is the Biblical Basis for Human Dignity?
R.C. Sproul, Ligonier Ministries

As a Christian, I do not believe that human beings have intrinsic dignity. I am totally committed to the idea that human beings have dignity, but the question is, is it intrinsic or extrinsic?