PowerLinks 02.21.17

An Alternative to Increasing the Minimum Wage Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry, National Review Subsidizing the pay of low-skilled workers would have many advantages for all. Skills and bills: What state governors have to say about vocational education Jenn Hatfield, AEI Ideas From apprenticeship programs to vocational charter schools, vocational education has been getting more attention in education reform circles lately as the costs of college continue to increase and students seek other paths to financial security. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 02.20.17

Michael Novak, theologian who made a spiritual case for capitalism, dies at 83 Emily Langer, Washington Post Michael Novak, a Catholic philosopher who helped carve a space for religion in modern politics, diplomacy and economics, arguing that capitalism is the economic system most likely to achieve the spiritual goods of defeating poverty and encouraging human creativity, died Feb. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 02.17.17

The Catholic Schools Saved by Vouchers Laura McKenna, The Atlantic Parishes staved off closures by participating in a school-choice program, but that also resulted in fewer donations to the church. Say’s Law: The Antidote to Countless Economic Fallacies Russell Lamberti, Mises Wire To understand the principle that has been called Say’s Law, it is useful to start by thinking about what unhampered exchange is: the mutual offering of goods and services between people. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 02.16.17

Subsidiarity and Trump’s Cabinet Andy Smarick, Opportunity Lives We might hope that the president’s preference for successful private-sector leaders would lead to non-technocratic policy-making. But Trump appears to have little aversion to a robust federal government, so long as he controls it. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 02.15.17

Does Religion Have a Place in Public Schools? Benjamin Justice and Colin Macleod, The Atlantic “The question of what to do with religion in school-choice programs is how, or whether, to keep the baby while ditching the bathwater.” Lawmakers and Regulators Act Like They Hate Farmers Markets Baylen Linnekin , Reason.com Is the purist or the modern vision of a farmers market the proper one? Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 02.14.17

Your Work Is a Cursed Blessing Justin Dillehay, TGC Work is a blessing—few things are as fulfilling as a job well done. And yet it can also feel like a curse—how many people do you know who hate their job? Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 02.13.17

The Gorsuch Confirmation And The Finnis Connection Steven Hayward, PowerLine Never heard of John Finnis? I predict you will in the confirmation hearings. And the likelihood is that Democrats will make fools of themselves, or at the very least unwittingly reveal their essential contempt for the American Founding, and the only question is whether Gorsuch, who appears to be a gentleman of the first order, will restrain himself from embarrassing them out of the political calculus of merely wanting to get to a confirmation vote with the least amount of controversy. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 02.11.17

Christian charged with blasphemy, 106 Muslims acquitted Morning Star A 70-year-old Christian in Pakistan was jailed on blasphemy charges on the same day 106 Muslims accused in a 2013 attack on a Christian colony were acquitted. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 02.10.17

Confessions of a Catholic convert to capitalism Arthur C. Brooks, America “The mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps” (Prov 16:9). God puts the truth before us in unexpected places, I have learned. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 02.09.17

What is the Free Speech Fairness Act? Kimberly Winston, Religion News Service The Free Speech Fairness Act is being touted as a “fix” to the Johnson Amendment, a 1954 law that prohibits nonprofits from engaging in politics. Continue Reading...