PowerLinks 06.13.17

Christians faced widespread harassment in 2015, but mostly in Christian-majority countries Katayoun Kishi, Pew Research Christians were harassed by governments or social groups in a total of 128 countries in 2015 – more countries than any other religious group, according to the report. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 06.09.17

Venezuela cardinal says Socialist regime leaves people ‘cruelly repressed’ Inés San Martín, Crux Ahead of a Thursday meeting with Pope Francis as part of the country’s bishops’ conference, one of Venezuela’s cardinals told Crux that the socialist government of President Nicolas Maduro is leaving its people “cruelly repressed” and that any dialogue not aimed at forcing the government to accept new elections is a sham. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 06.08.17

Majority in US Still Say Religion Can Answer Most Problems Art Swift, Gallup A slim majority of Americans (55%) say religion can answer all or most of today’s problems. Although this percentage has declined substantially over time, it has been relatively stable over the past year and a half and is up from the all-time low of 51% in May 2015. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 06.07.17

A Biblical Myth at the Origin of Smith’s The Wealth of Nations Jordan Ballor, Moral Markets There is a subset of scholarly literature that asserts that the title of Adam Smith’s famous work, The Wealth of Nations, is an allusion to passages from the Bible, such as Isaiah 60:5. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 06.06.17

Free-Market Environmentalism Is Literally for the Birds Tate Watkins, FEE Markets helped transform farmers into conservationists. The Blessings of Capitalism Brian Domitrovic, The Imaginative Conservative Capitalism offers us outstanding new ways to be good. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 06.05.17

Marriage, Economics, and Culture Melissa Langsam Braunstein, Family Studies “Social context partially determines the family formation response to a positive income or earnings shock.” Cryptocurrency Might be a Path to Authoritarianism Ian Bogost, The Atlantic Extreme libertarians built blockchain to decentralize government and corporate power. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 06.02.17

What Is Human Dignity? Peter Augustine Lawler, Intercollegiate Review We use words like “rights” and “dignity” with such ease. It’s time we reflected on their origins. Why Do the Young Reject Capitalism? Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 06.01.17

Guaranteeing Everyone A Job Is Harder Than It Sounds Adam Ozimek, Forbes Will the employers being paid to create these “guaranteed jobs” actually create new jobs or just replace existing ones? Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 05.31.17

Is the Rule of Law in Danger? Allen Porter Mendenhall, The Imaginative Conservative Having flouted and subverted the rule of law for decades, the radical elements of the progressive left in the United States now face the inevitable consequence of their concerted activity. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 05.30.17

People of faith wrestle with major crackdown on panhandling Bobby Ross Jr., Reuters Whether or not people should be legally allowed to ask for money in public places is under review by many cities across the country. Continue Reading...