Category: PowerLinks

Blog author: jcarter
Thursday, October 6, 2016
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To reduce recidivism rates, give prisoners more books
Ephrat Livni, Quartz

The US Bureau of Justice Statistics reports that 75% of released inmates are rearrested within five years—which is not just a societal problem, but also a major taxpayer expense. Yet a cheap, effective, and simple solution exists, several studies have shown: Reading reduces recidivism.

Supreme Court to Rule on Legality of Insider Tips
Ben Protess and Matthew Goldstein, New York Times

The issue turns on whether friendship or family relationship amounts to a benefit comparable to money that would make providing an insider tip illegal.

Working-Class White Men Are Falling Further and Further Behind College Graduates
Ben Leubsdorf, Wall Street Journal

New analysis finds incomes have surged for white men with college degrees as they declined for high-school graduates.

US shuts down sex trafficking ring targeting Thai women
BBC

Seventeen people will face charges over a sex trafficking ring that brought hundreds of Thai women to US cities and “forced them to live a nightmare”.

Blog author: jcarter
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
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Tradinistas: Angry, Churchy Millennials Who Scorn Freedom and Demand a Guaranteed Income for Breathing
John Zmirak, The Stream

For years, I have been warning of a rising movement among younger, self-styled “orthodox” Catholics (and some other Christians) which rejects important moral truths and embraces crude economic errors.

Back to the Roots: The Founders & the Separation of Church and State
John Rossomando, The Imaginative Conservative

Like all historical documents, the Bill of Rights must be read within the context of what its framers meant when they penned the establishment clause. To get inside the minds of the authors, we must first recall the period in which they wrote.

Bigger Government (Still) Doesn’t Foster Economic Growth
Daniel J. Mitchell, FEE

The bottom line is that small government and free markets is the recipe for growth and prosperity in all nations.

IMF warns of protectionist threat to global growth
Douglas Gillison, AFP

The IMF on Tuesday left its global economic forecasts unchanged into 2017 but called on governments to take action against the threats of low growth and protectionism.

Blog author: jcarter
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
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Can You Have a Good Life if You Don’t Have a Good Job?
Michael Lind, New York Times

Should the goal of public policy be to ensure that all Americans can have good jobs — or good lives? Politicians of both parties say one thing. Policy experts of both parties say another.

To reduce recidivism rates, give prisoners more books
Ephrat Livni, Quartz

The US Bureau of Justice Statistics reports that 75% of released inmates are rearrested within five years—which is not just a societal problem, but also a major taxpayer expense. Yet a cheap, effective, and simple solution exists, several studies have shown: Reading reduces recidivism.

Immigrants Play a Disproportionate Role in American Entrepreneurship
Sari Pekkala KerrWilliam R. Kerr, Harvard Business Review

Immigration is one of the most divisive and polarizing topics today. Do immigrants take American jobs, or help our economy grow? Do immigrants drain our welfare funds, or can they help refill public coffers as our baby boomers retire?

How the Faith of C.S. Lewis Influenced His Views of Human Nature, Economics, and Politics
Art Lindsley, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

“The more that people in government control our lives, the more Lewis encourages us to ask “why, this time power should not corrupt as it always has done before?””

Blog author: jcarter
Monday, October 3, 2016
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Religious freedom on campus: What students can and can’t do
Candi Cushman, ERLC

How would you respond if one of these scenarios happened to your child, or to a student in your youth group?

Local Entrepreneurs, Not Foreign Do-Gooders, Are the True Hope of Africa
Paul Miniato, FEE

There are a billion people in the world trying to get by on a dollar a day. This grinding poverty persists despite huge amounts spent on private and government foreign aid since World War II.

Our New Report Offers a Free-Market Alternative to the Farm Bill
Daren Bakst, The Daily Signal

Why is there a special taxpayer-funded safety net to help many farmers with risk, when other businesses manage risk without such federal government intervention?

How ‘Little House on the Prairie’ Built Modern Conservatism
Christine Woodside, Politico

Think literature can’t change society? With catchy stories and a lucrative royalty stream, Rose Wilder Lane helped reshape American politics, from her young readers to the Koch brothers.

Blog author: jcarter
Friday, September 30, 2016
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House OKs Plan for $170 Million to Fix Flint Water System
Alan Fram, Associated Press

The House easily approved an election-year plan Wednesday to provide $170 million to help Flint, Michigan, rebuild its lead-poisoned water system, as Congress moved toward addressing a public health catastrophe that became an acrimonious partisan dispute.

What Makes a Company “Christian”?
Hugh Whelchel, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

What we need to be focusing on is not whether we have Christian businesses, but whether we have Christian businessmen who integrate their convictions and principles with their work.

What Americans Think of What Evangelicals Think of Religious Liberty
Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra, Christianity Today

On two of three contentious issues at the intersection of religious liberty and nondiscrimination concerns, Americans remain evenly divided.

UNICEF says 75,000 children could die in Nigeria hunger crisis
Reuters

Famine-like conditions in the former stronghold of Boko Haram militants in northeast Nigeria could kill 75,000 children over the next year if they do not receive aid, the United Nations children’s agency said on Thursday.

Blog author: jcarter
Thursday, September 29, 2016
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Religious Freedom: The Basis for Human Rights . . . and the Survival of Christians in the Middle East
Ignatius Joseph III Younan, Public Discourse

It is time for the international community to respond to the plight of Christians in the middle east. Adapted from an address delivered by the Patriarch of the Syriac Catholic Church of Antioch to the 134th Convention of the Knights of Columbus.

Aristotle Understood the Importance of Property
Richard M. Ebeling, FEE

Aristotle saw property rights as an incentive mechanism. When individuals believe and feel certain that they will be permitted to keep the fruits of their own labor, they will have an inclination to apply themselves in various, productive ways, which would not be the case with common or collective ownership.

Assyrian Christians Live In War-Torn Limbo, Praying Against Genocide
Alexandra Hudson, The Federalist

‘We are not safe in Iraq while Daesh (ISIS) is in control. We have no future, no work, no belongings,’ says an Iraqi genocide survivor.

The Sneaky Way Public Unions Are Getting Tax Dollars for Union Activities
Trey Kovacs, The Daily Signal

This subsidy, known as union release time, has flown under the radar for decades, but now state free-market groups are starting to do something about it.

Blog author: jcarter
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
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How a Dutch Prime Minister Changed My Life
Bruce Ashford, TGC

This one book shaped the way I think and live; I carry its ideas with me every day.

Millions in U.S. Climb Out of Poverty, at Long Last
Patricia Cohen, New York Times

Poverty declined among every group. But African-Americans and Hispanics — who account for more than 45 percent of those below the poverty line of $24,300 for a family of four in most states — experienced the largest improvement.

Unemployment Insurance Should Focus on Getting People Back to Work
Daniel Huizinga, Opportunity Lives

Unemployment insurance is a valuable program for people enduring the stress and uncertainty of temporary joblessness. But if the benefits become too generous, unemployment insurance can incentivize people to stay out of work longer, hurting them — and the overall economy — in the long term.

Over 90% of world breathing bad air: WHO
AFP

Nine out of 10 people globally are breathing poor quality air, the World Health Organization said Tuesday, calling for dramatic action against pollution that is blamed for more than six million deaths a year.