Category: PowerLinks

Blog author: jcarter
Friday, May 27, 2016

MacArthur’s Thought Police
Lane Davis and Milo Yiannopoulos, Capital Research Center

A foundation helps Twitter and other social media enforce left-wing ideology.

We Know What’s Solving Poverty Around the World
Tori Whiting, The Daily Signal

For nations all around the world, as well as right here at home, lawmakers struggle with how to achieve economic and social progress.

Millennials Reject Capitalism in Name – but Socialism in Fact
B.K. Marcus, FEE

So we’re not entirely sure what “capitalism” means to those surveyed, but we think it has something to do with the system we currently live in.

US official warns ‘door for Christians in Iraq is closing’
Ines San Martin, Crux

A U.S. government official visiting Rome on Monday said that as a result of Islamic terrorist groups such as ISIS, the “door for Christians in Iraq is closing” and the window of time to prevent their eradication is narrowing.

Blog author: jcarter
Thursday, May 26, 2016

Exclusive: Lawmakers Move to Make It Harder for IRS to Seize Money From Innocent People
Melissa Quinn, The Daily Signal

On the heels of the House Judiciary Committee’s legislation reforming federal civil forfeiture laws, House Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Peter Roskam, R-Ill., and Rep. Joseph Crowley, D-N.Y., are introducing a bill further protecting people from having money wrongfully seized by the government, The Daily Signal has learned.

Bishop threatens to close schools rather than pay property taxes

After an Italian mayor asked the local archdiocese to pay back property taxes on Catholic schools amounting to around U.S. $112,000, the archbishop has written to the country’s prime minister threatening to close those schools if the Church is forced to pay.

How do school choice laws treat parents?
Gerard Robinson, AEI Ideas

School choice not only allows children to attend the schools best suited to their specific needs, but it can also help empower parents to be thoughtful advocates for their child’s education. And yet, there is very little dialogue on how school choice laws actually treat parents.

What Trade Deals Are Good For
Gene Grossman, Harvard Business Review

In recent months, trade agreements have moved from the arcane pages of academic journals to the front pages of newspapers, from university lecture halls to the presidential campaign trail. What are these agreements about? Why do governments sign them? Why do some candidates lambast them? Do they deserve the attention they have received?

Blog author: jcarter
Wednesday, May 25, 2016

When leaders cheat, followers … follow
Glenn Harlan Reynolds, USA Today

The trust that underlies a law-abiding society is rotting away thanks to double-dealing in Washington.

A billion prices can’t be wrong
Tim Hartford, The Undercover Economist

‘A “big data” approach to inflation is helping us understand the fundamental question of why recessions happen’

The number of new businesses in the US is falling off a cliff
Michael J. Coren, Quartz

We’re supposedly living in the age of startups when people can create new businesses, enrich themselves, and employ their fellow Americans. That narrative, like much economic optimism these days, is now mostly a tale for coastal cities, and a tenuous one at best.

How Much are Young Americans Paying a Month on Student Debt? Less than You Think
Josh Mithchell, Wall Street Journal

A typical borrower between ages 20 and 30 pays $203 a month toward student debt.

Blog author: jcarter
Tuesday, May 24, 2016

How Vocation Brings Dignity to Your Work
Tim Challies, TGC

As Christians, you and I are responsible to give all of who we are what we do to the Lord.

Europe: Allah Takes over Churches, Synagogues
Giulio Meotti, Gatestone Institute

Last year, at the famous Biennale artistic festival in Venice, Swiss artist Christian Büchel took the ancient Catholic Church of Santa Maria della Misericordia and converted it into a mosque.

Supreme Court Sends 2 More Contraceptive Mandate Cases Back To Circuit Courts
Howard Friedman, Religion Clause

The U.S. Supreme Court today sent back to Courts of Appeal two more of the cases involving challenges by religious non-profits to the contraceptive coverage mandate accommodation.

Theory vs. Evidence: Unemployment Insurance edition
Noah Smith, Noahpinion

The argument over “theory vs. evidence” is usually oversimplified and silly, since you need both to understand the world. But there is a sense in which I think evidence really does “beat” theory most of the time, at least in econ.

Blog author: jcarter
Monday, May 23, 2016

The poor are paying more and more for everyday purchases, a new study warns
Max Ehrenfreund, Washington Post

The poor often spend more on all kinds of things. Households that have less money to spare in any given week, for example, are forced to buy toilet paper and similar goods in small packages, increasing the prices they pay.

California Will Put Minimum-Wage Theories to the Test
James Sherk, National Review Online

California employers must pay at least $15 an hour by 2023. Adjusted for inflation, that works out to $13.39 an hour in today’s dollars — higher than any other country’s real minimum wage, even France’s. And it will soon cover one-third of Californian employees. The Golden State has taken its minimum wage into uncharted territory.

Study: Migrant-Smuggling Worth up to $6 Billion in 2015
Associated Press

Smuggling networks cashing in on the huge flow of migrants into Europe had an estimated turnover last year of up to $6 billion, international law enforcement agencies said Tuesday.

How Americans define the sharing economy
Kenneth Olmstead and Aaron Smith, Pew Research

Even though stories about services like Uber and Airbnb have put the “sharing economy” in the news, just 27% of Americans have ever heard of the term before, according to Pew Research Center’s recent survey of the new digital economy. Moreover, even those who have heard of the term have widely divergent views about what the sharing economy actually is.

Blog author: jcarter
Friday, May 20, 2016

Extreme global poverty is rapidly declining, but 84% of Americans don’t realize it
James Pethokoukis, AEI Ideas

Free trade and global investment aren’t just economic priorities, they’re moral ones. It’s an important aspect missing from the current American political debate on trade and globalization.

What Was the Greatest Era for Innovation? A Brief Guided Tour
Neil Irwin, New York Times

Which was a more important innovation: indoor plumbing, jet air travel or mobile phones?

How authoritarian socialism caused Venezuela’s collapse
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry, The Week

Venezuela’s economy is in freefall. It’s probably the worst in the world — literally. T

US raises China steel taxes by 522%

The US has raised its import duties on Chinese steelmakers by more than fivefold after accusing them of selling their products below market prices.

Blog author: jcarter
Thursday, May 19, 2016

Researchers Just Solved One of the Biggest Problems for World Hunger
Ria Misra, io9

Biologists from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory have come up with a new agricultural technique which they say increases their crop yields by an incredible 50 percent.

Going to church could help you live longer, study says
Carina Storrs, CNN

Many Americans say they attend church because it helps them stay grounded and gives them spiritual guidance. A new study suggests that regular attendance may also help increase their lifespan.

What’s the Church say on unemployment? A lot, actually
Father Leonardo Salutati, Crux

Beginning with the encyclical Rerum Novarum, whose 125th anniversary falls on May 15, the Church has offered society countless teachings and suggestions about work, expressly recalling the rights and duties of people, and many times taking up the defense of workers who are unjustly exploited or not adequately put at the heart of the economy.

Why We’re Falling Behind in World Trade
Tori Whiting, The Daily Signal

Despite the success claimed by the U.S. Department of Commerce, the United States actually lags behind the world in the use of trade.