Category: PowerLinks

Blog author: jcarter
Monday, October 19, 2015

The Case for Private Property: A (New) Natural Law Analysis
Samuel Gregg, Public Discourse

At a time when debates about economic inequality occupy significant attention in the public square, Adam MacLeod offers a fresh way forward for thinking about private property and its contribution to the common good by rooting property rights in a robust account of freedom and human flourishing.

Weaker Unions or Fair Politics? Controversial bill passes in Pa. Senate
Matt Maisel, Fox43

Pennsylvania’s state senate approved a controversial bill Wednesday which would prevent unions from taking money from workers’ paychecks and using it for political purposes.

How India is fighting corruption—using the very people who pay bribes
Daniel Hough, Quartz

How can policymakers most effectively tackle corruption? The question is hardly new. And over the years, it is one that many have given plenty of thought to.

U.S. actions could benefit persecuted Christians overseas
Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Oppressed Christians and other religious adherents around the world stand to benefit from recent actions by the United States government.

Blog author: jcarter
Friday, October 16, 2015

A Biblical Answer to Poverty: God’s People and the Marketplace
Ed Stetzer, Christianity Today

We are eradicating poverty at faster rates than any economist would have predicted 30 years ago.

R.I.P., welfare?
Lawrence M. Mead, U.S. News & World Report

Reports of welfare’s demise have been greatly exaggerated.

God or Mammon: Choosing Christ in a World in Crisis
Joseph Pearce, The Imaginative Conservative

One of the biggest and most dangerous temptations that Christians face is the addiction to comfort. Our desire for comfort and our unwillingness to sacrifice ourselves for others is at the root of much that is evil and destructive in the world.

What’s Behind Maine’s 22% Decrease in Food Stamp Recipients Since 2012
Kate Scanlon, The Daily Signal

The Maine Department of Health and Human Services has announced that the state has fewer than 200,000 recipients enrolled in its Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for the first time since February 2009.

Blog author: jcarter
Thursday, October 15, 2015

Louisiana’s School Choice Experiment Could Be In Danger
Kevin Boyd, Opportunity Lives

Since Hurricane Katrina devastated much of Southeast Louisiana a decade ago, the state has on embarked one of the most aggressive school choice and charter school experiments in the country. But this month’s statewide elections may put those reforms in danger.

Is There a Wall of Separation Between Church and State?
Bruce Frohnen, Crisis Magazine

Sadly, many Americans mistakenly believe that the phrase “wall of separation between church and state” is literally written into the United States Constitution. Even worse, for decades they have been browbeaten into believing that this separation requires that religion be driven from the public square.

How Social Entrepreneurs Make Change Happen
Roger MartinSally R. Osberg, Harvard Business Review

Who drives transformation in our society and how do they do it? Roger Martin and Sally Osberg argue in their new book, Getting Beyond Better, that the answer is social entrepreneurs, who target unjust and unsustainable systems — or “equilibria” — and transform them into entirely new, superior, and sustainable equilibria.

Treasury Considers Plan to Help Puerto Rico
Michael Corkery and Mary Williams Walsh, New York Times

Officials in the Treasury Department are discussing a radical and aggressive response to the fiscal chaos engulfing Puerto Rico that could involve a broad debt exchange assisted by the federal government.

Blog author: jcarter
Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Conflict drives ‘alarming’ global hunger, report shows
Mark Kinver, BBC

Conflict is “development in reverse” and a key factor that is leaving almost 800 million without enough food, the 2015 Global Hunger Index has concluded.

Kuyper v. Benedict? This Is Not an Either/Or
Andrew Walker, Canon & Culture

The question of Christianity’s place in a rapidly changing society seems to be on everybody’s mind. Barely a day or week passes that even mainstream press is picking up on an undercurrent of conversation happening amongst religious conservatives.

Power-deficient India chooses electricity and economics over emissions goals
Craig Froome, Quartz

India’s formal climate pledge to the United Nations (UN) ahead of this year’s Paris summit highlights the crossroads at which the country’s electricity sector finds itself.

The Conservative Case For Criminal Justice Reform
Mike Lee, The Federalist

The newly introduced Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act is just one necessary step of many necessary towards restoring broken people to wholeness.

Blog author: jcarter
Tuesday, October 13, 2015

On Tyrannical Experts and Expert Tyrants
Angus Deaton, Review of Austrian Economics

We should indeed champion the rights of the poor and their full participation in a democratic state. But it is too optimistic to believe that rights and democracy by themselves will guarantee growth and prosperity, and the argument that rights and democracy are both necessary and sufficient for population health is largely wishful thinking.

The Pope’s Subversive Message
Arthur C. Brooks, New York Times

The central theme of Francis’ visit was a call for unity. He has frequently urged us “to dialogue together, to shorten the distance between us, to strengthen our bonds of brotherhood.”

This couple lives on 6% of their income so they can give $100,000 a year to charity
William MacAskill, Quartz

Julia Wise is a social worker and her husband, Jeff Kaufman, is a software engineer. In 2013, their combined income was just under $245,000, putting them in the top 10% of US households. And yet, excluding taxes and savings, they lived on just $15,280, or 6.25% of their income.

Former Obama White House economist: $15 minimum wage is a ‘risk not worth taking’
James Pethokoukis, AEI Ideas

The Democratic Party platform calls for a $15 per hour national minimum wage. Hmm. Here is economist Alan Krueger, a former chairman of President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers, on the “fight for 15.”

Blog author: jcarter
Monday, October 12, 2015

India is as rich as the US in 1881. A mesmerizing graphic shows where every country falls.
Dylan Matthews and Kavya Sukumar, Vox

As of 2013, India had a GDP per capita of $5,200, as measured in 2005 dollars. For comparison, the US had a GDP per capita (again, measured in 2005 dollars) of $5,200 in 1881.

Replace Welfare With a Negative Income Tax
Michael Shindler, Manhattan Institute

Amid years of perpetual congressional gridlock and partisan rivalry, the notion that both Republicans and Democrats could come together in support of sweeping welfare reform seems laughable. Yet, if it were to happen, the likeliest candidate for such a reformative policy might be the negative income tax (NIT).

The Case for Choice in Education
Veronique De Rugy, The Corner

The answer is and always has been that throwing money at the problem of failing schools, especially when the money will be spent on teachers’ salary and consultants, does nothing to address the structural problems and disincentives to perform that exist in these schools.

Study: Democrats Moving Left Faster Than Republicans Moving Right
The American Interest

At least since the 2010 midterms, it’s been a liberal talking point that Republican extremism is to blame for political polarization and gridlock.

Blog author: jcarter
Friday, October 9, 2015

What you need to know about the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom
Matthew Hawkins, ERLC

Authorization for the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) is about to expire. Below are five basic things you need to know about USCIRF and why it matters

International Religious Freedom Commission Lives to Fight Another Day
Faith McDonnell, Juicy Ecumenism

The United States government’s watchdog for those around the world who are being persecuted because of their religious beliefs will continue its work.

Wilberforce and the Road to Abolition: A Model for Christian Cultural Engagement
Andrew Spencer, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

Wilberforce’s greatest achievement was ending slavery in the British Empire. However, his impact spread to other social issues.

Gig Economy Is Piecework. But This Isn’t Dickens.
Megan McArdle, BloombergView

Manual labor in the Victorian era was not primarily awful because it involved short-term contracts; it was awful because the jobs were grim, the pay was low, and injured workers frequently ended up destitute. Getting paid $25 an hour for doing something much more pleasant than scrubbing floors with caustic chemicals does not tug at my heartstrings in the same way.