Category: PowerLinks

Blog author: jcarter
Thursday, October 20, 2016
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The Crony Economy
Robert Verbruggen , The American Conservative

Bipartisan outrage doesn’t stop government picking winners and losers.

Pricing the Poorest Out of Opportunity
Don Boudreaux, Cafe Hayek

Once upon a time the land of Tyrantia was ruled by an evil king who took intense pleasure in inflicting pain and suffering upon the poorest people in Tyrantia. “Ha, ha, ha!” laughed the evil king one night to his evil wife, “I’ve just devised an excellent scheme to cause poor people to needlessly suffer even more!”

Modern slavery is still rampant in the countries that produce most of the world’s goods
Abdi Latif Dahir, Quartz

For many in the West, slavery is a far off, historical concept. But a new index shows that consumers all over the world are getting products that at some stage were touched by the hands of modern-day slaves.

How American Capitalism Serves Poorer Nations
Tom Rogan, Opportunity Lives

It’s time the record was set straight: American capitalism is a great servant of poorer nations.

Blog author: jcarter
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
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Another Way Regulation Could Limit Economic Opportunity for Millions
Mollie McNeill, The Daily Signal

Yet again, the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act has spawned an out-of-touch regulation that could harm millions of Americans.

The intriguing possibilities of Catholic school reform
Frederick M. Hess, AEI

While in Milwaukee last week, I had the chance to spend some time visiting with the leadership team for Seton Catholic Schools, a network of about two dozen elementary schools enrolling about 8,300 students. As a Jewish kid who always attended (and taught in) traditional public schools, I always find parochial schools innately interesting. What they’re doing at Seton is doubly so.

European Young Conservatives Bring Free Markets Across the Pond
Katrina Jorgensen, Opportunity Lives

The European Young Conservatives (EYC) last weekend held its annual Freedom Summit, a conference for young leaders from center-right political parties across Europe. The group gathers for training, education and networking. This year, the event took place in Porto, Portugal.

The Case for Unilateral Free Trade
Louis Rouanet, Mises Wire

In the 2016 presidential election, Americans have been given a choice between two types of controlled and managed trade

Blog author: jcarter
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
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For Disaster Recovery, the Best Knowledge Is Local Knowledge
Veronique de Rugy, Mercatus Center

When it comes to the recovery after Hurricane Matthew, policymakers should remember that when social networks are broken by disasters, local knowledge is particularly powerful and holds an even bigger advantage over bureaucrats than usual, no matter how well-intentioned the public officials are.

Poverty, not income inequality, is our modern problem
Anne R. Bradley, Washington Times

Some say income inequality is the defining issue of our time. One of the most famous tweets ever came from Pope Francis, who wrote, “Inequality is the root of social evil.”

What Every 20-Year Old Should Know about Liberty
Jeffrey Tucker, FEE

What does the idea of human liberty imply about how you should understand the changing world?

Ludwig von Mises: A Primer
Israel Kirzner, The Imaginative Conservative

The bulk of Mises’ work in economics up to this time was under the influence of teachers imbued directly or indirectly with the ideas of the German Historical School, and Mises had, by the time he received his doctorate, already published several scholarly works in historical economics research.

Blog author: jcarter
Monday, October 17, 2016
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About Those Unthinking, Backwards Catholics
Charles J. Chaput, First Things

The cultural damage done by the current White House has—apparently—made courting America’s bishops unnecessary.

“Freedom” vs. “Liberty”: Why Religious Conservatives Have Begun to Favor One over the Other
Stephanie Russell-Kraft, Religous Dispatches

In most circles, “religious freedom” and “religious liberty” are interchangeable, but to call them identical wouldn’t quite be right.

Religious Freedom In Turkey: A New Shadow Emerges
Tim Scheiderer, The St. Charles Institute

“There’s an atmosphere in Turkey right now that anyone who isn’t Sunni is a threat to the stability of the nation,” said a pastor in Istanbul.

‘If you are the problem, you are also the promise’
Sen. Tim Scott, Washington Times

Our nation certainly faces challenges. We have nearly 48 million Americans who are living in poverty. My family’s story shows what is possible in America. We have gone from “Cotton to Congress” in one lifetime.

Blog author: jcarter
Friday, October 14, 2016
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Why Evangelicals Are Divided over Trump
Joe Carter, TGC

Here’s why conservative evangelicals are divided over Trump—and what we can do about it.

Should Christians Vote for Trump?
Eric Metaxas, Wall Street Journal

Trump’s behavior is odious, but Clinton has a deplorable basketful of deal breakers.

Faith leaders call on Obama, Congress to reject controversial religious liberty report
Kelsey Dallas, Deseret News

A diverse group of religious leaders, including the chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ ad hoc committee on religious liberty and the presiding bishop of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, have called on President Barack Obama and Congress to reject the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights’ recent report on religious freedom law.

A Christian Perspective on Innovation and Economic Growth
Anne Bradley, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

As a Christian economist, I’m often asked to comment on the incredible pace of change regarding technology, innovation, and its impact on the economy – and how Christians should approach these issues.

Blog author: jcarter
Thursday, October 13, 2016
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How to understand the three A’s of religious liberty as Christians
Andrew T. Walker, ERLC

Everyone worships something (adoration); everyone wants to live truthfully (authentically); and everyone has an ultimate standard for what they value (authority). These concepts are the building blocks of religious liberty.

How income varies among U.S. religious groups
David Masci, Pew Research

While there is a strong and proven correlation between education and income, it’s harder to know whether there also is a link between religion and wealth.

The case for free enterprise in a populist moment
Arthur C. Brooks, AEI

With no simple solution for reviving equal opportunity, conventional politicians struggle with increasingly angry voters.

How Medieval Towns Paved the Way for Capitalism
Richard M. Ebeling, FEE

It was in the towns of the Middle Ages that there began to emerge the economic, legal, and social prerequisites of the market economy.

Blog author: jcarter
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
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Aristotle on Economics and the Flourishing Life
Harvey C. Mansfield,

Modern economics makes its way without study of the “flourishing life,” which is one translation of what Aristotle meant by happiness. For him, as for common sense, happiness is the goal of ethics and politics, and ultimately of economics.

Elon Musk Isn’t Religious Enough to Colonize Mars
James Poulos, Foreign Policy

Silicon Valley wants to explore space as tech entrepreneurs. We should be traveling as pilgrims.

Sugar subsidies are the zombies of crony capitalism
Jazz Shaw, Hot Air

It’s probably too late to get either of the presidential candidates to focus on something as silly as destructive government policies which could absolutely be addressed by congress next year, but for what it’s worth we may as well give it a try.

Charter Schools and Choice: The Civil Rights Issue of our Day
Erik Root, Opportunity Lives

Charter schools are tuition-free public schools that serve a diverse constituency. In general, independent, nonprofit organizations run charter schools, which are granted contracts by a state or local agency and have a fair amount of leeway in exchange for greater accountability.