Category: PowerLinks

Blog author: jcarter
Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Popcorn and lemonade sales point Detroit to fiscal health
Christopher Brooks , Washington Times

I have had the privilege of being born, raised and shaped by Detroit. Seeing the world through the lens of this beautiful but broken city has framed my view of human flourishing in ways that are truly amazing and counterintuitive

“Unfettered” Free Trade? If Only…
Scott Lincicome, Cato at Liberty

One of the most pervasive themes of the last year is the notion that America’s populist uprising, and the success of President-elect Donald Trump, has in large part been a direct response to the United States’ – and in particular the Republican Party’s – libertarian obsession with “unfettered” free trade.

Communities, not countries, are best equipped to fix the world’s economic woes
Peter Block, Quartz

As anxieties about an economically unstable future grow globally, there is an alternative mindset much closer to home—literally just around the corner, in fact. Instead of relying on federal policy, our local communities are constructing an economy and a way of being that promises more stability and more local control.

Why Don’t Food And Housing Count As Health Care?
Christianna Silva, FiveThirtyEight

The federal program that provides food and other services to low-income mothers, pregnant women and young children, known as WIC, can have a big impact on participants’ health. It has been shown to reduce premature births, increase vaccination rates in children and lower obesity rates. Yet as far as the government is concerned, WIC doesn’t count as health care spending.

Blog author: jcarter
Monday, November 21, 2016

We can’t be pro-life if we’re not anti-poverty
Katie McCoy, ERLC

We can’t truly be pro-life if we’re not anti-poverty. Follow me through the facts here.

How Government Spending Kills Economic Growth
Daniel J. Mitchell, FEE

Now that Donald Trump has been elected, one of my main goals will be to convince him and his team that it would be wrong to leave government spending on autopilot (and it would be even worse to spend more money and increase the burden of government!).

Obamacare Takes Care From Disabled People To Subsidize Able-Bodied, Working-Age Men
Chris Jacobs, The Federalist

Obamacare’s dirty little secret: the hundreds of thousands of people with disabilities, who are on wait lists because they can’t get services.

What President Trump should do on poverty and opportunity
Angela Rachidi, AEI Ideas

President Trump’s first budget and any tax reform proposals must prioritize increased work among the least-skilled and most vulnerable.

Blog author: jcarter
Friday, November 18, 2016

Why Catholics Built Secret Astronomical Features Into Churches to Help Save Souls
Geoff Manaugh, Atlas Obscura

In the process of researching the phenomenon, Heilbron uncovered a surprising story of cooperation not only between religion and science, but between precision astronomical observation and Catholic liturgy, between architectural design and the Christian calendar. Direct, even enthusiastic collaboration, uniting esoteric science with canonical religious belief, lay at the core of this hidden story.

How Regulation of Private Schools Hurts the Poor
Corey DeAngelis, FEE

The most successful private schools have the most to lose from regulations.

Study says more than half of young U.S. Catholics are Hispanic/Latino
Rhina Guidos, Catholic News Service

The Catholic Church is one of the most culturally diverse institutions in the United States and Catholic institutions and ministries need to adapt and prepare for growing diversity, said a report presented to the country’s bishops Nov. 15.

“God and Money”: A Review of a Groundbreaking Book in Christian Stewardship
Daniel Huizinga,, Values & Capitalism

There have been countless books written about Christian stewardship of financial resources. Though most offer valuable insights, they often struggle at finding the right words to make lasting change in their readers’ financial lives.

Blog author: jcarter
Thursday, November 17, 2016

No, the Majority of American Evangelicals Did Not Vote for Trump
Joe Carter, TGC

How did American evangelicals vote in the 2016 election? Based on polling data and news sources, you might be under the impression that an overwhelming number of evangelicals—more than 80 percent—voted for Donald Trump. But this isn’t quite accurate.

Harlem Gives President Trump a Chance
Jason L. Riley , Wall Street Journal

Bishop Gibson said Mr. Trump’s “law and order” message resonated with Harlemites but that ultimately “the president can’t do much about crime.” It has to start with the communities—churches, families and fathers in particular, he said.

New film tells story of the ‘resilience’ of persecuted Christians

“What is remarkable about persecuted Christians is their resilience. They are not just victims. Understanding this is the key to being in solidarity with them,” said Daniel Philpott, a political science professor at the University of Notre Dame and the co-director of a new film.

Artificial Intelligence Joins the Battle to End Online Sex Trafficking
Robby Berman, Big Think

Thorn, a non-profit dedicated to fighting child sexual exploitation, is fighting back using the latest technology to assist law enforcement in putting a stop to it.

Blog author: jcarter
Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Common Core Catastrophe
Gerard V. Bradley, Public Discourse

It is time to refocus President Trump’s attention upon Common Core and persuade him to ignite a national movement to roll it back. Catholic education, in particular, is undermined by adopting these national standards.

Better Off Poor: How Obamacare Punishes Hard Work
Hans Bader, FEE

It doesn’t gradually phase out their tax credits, it suddenly takes them all away.

Economic Freedom, Opportunity Ease Poverty
Trey Dimsdale, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

Economic freedom is what the poor need. They need the social and economic infrastructure to become creators — creators of culture, business, wealth and jobs.

House GOP Weighs Proposal to Bring Back Earmarks
Rob Bluey, The Daily Signal

One week after Donald Trump won the presidency on a promise to “drain the swamp” in Washington, House Republicans will vote on a proposal to bring back earmarks.

Blog author: jcarter
Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Trump’s victory could be good news for persecuted Middle East Christians
Ed West, Catholic Herald

Middle East Christians in America and beyond appear to be behind the new president due to his pro-Russian, anti-Saudi leanings

Redefining business leadership as ‘stewardship’
Terence Chatmon, Washington Times

The Fellowship of Companies for Christ International is redefining the rules on business. Markets with a conscience thrive. Most people would say that a business exists to produce shareholders’ value, or profits. This is a true statement of sorts, but can a nation thrive with this belief?

Internet Freedom Wanes As Governments Target Messaging, Social Apps
Alina Selyukh, NPR

For decades Freedom House has been ranking the world on free speech, political and civil rights. In recent years, this nongovernmental organization has extended its research into the state of the Internet. And for the sixth consecutive year, it has found Internet freedom on a decline.

Money and Banking
Josh Hendrickson, The Everyday Economist

You might be able to teach an entire course on the microeconomics of money and banking based on the following thought experiment.

Blog author: jcarter
Monday, November 14, 2016

Friendliness Is an Economic Revolution
Nathan Keeble, FEE

We’ve lived like this so long most people’s reaction is no longer one of amazement when these things happen.

Are Americans Enamored with the Wrong Kinds of Entrepreneurs?
Roger L. Martin, Harvard Business Review

Americans adore entrepreneurs. In every poll that I have seen, entrepreneurs are held in high esteem even as big business is generally viewed with disdain. Why?

Muslim attacks on Christians are rising in Egypt
Sudarsan Raghavan, Washington Post

A “disturbing wave of radicalism” has deepened sectarian tensions, as community leaders and human rights activists say the smallest disagreements are setting off violence.

India Surprises with a Wealth Tax on the Black Market
Alex Tabarrok, Marginal Revolution

In a move to curb the black money menace, PM Narendra Modi declared that from midnight currency notes of Rs 1000 and Rs 500 denomination will not be legal tender.