Category: PowerLinks

Blog author: jcarter
Friday, September 23, 2016
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Protectionism Is Theft Wrapped in Flags
Donald J. Boudreaux, FEE

Buyers will not bind themselves in this way in exchange for nothing.

Clinton’s anti-poverty plan
Angela Rachidi, AEI Ideas

One can’t help but think that Clinton missed an opportunity here. She failed to outline a vision for reducing poverty, preferring instead to lay out a few specific policy proposals that are popular with her core supporters, but won’t likely reduce poverty much.

Are these the last days of free trade?
Robert J. Samuelson, Washington Post

Guess what? A President Trump could adopt his new trade agenda without any authorization from Congress — and this could trigger a global trade war and a deep U.S. recession. Policies that promise to make us stronger economically could do the opposite.

Report Reveals Public Support for School Reform, Disdain for Common Core
Evan Smith, Opportunity Lives

The report highlights how school reform remains very popular in the United States, with support for charter schools, merit pay for teachers and teacher tenure reform on the rise.

Blog author: jcarter
Thursday, September 22, 2016
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Census Bureau retreats from report showing stagnant rural incomes
Max Ehrenfreund, Washington Post

When a Census Bureau report last week announced a record increase in the typical American household’s annual income last year, the good news came with a caveat. The growth had been limited to towns and cities, the data showed, and there was no statistically detectable change in rural areas.

Edmund Burke on Constitutions & Natural Law
Bradley J. Birzer, The Imaginative Conservative

The real goal of political society, Edmund Burke claimed in his arguments against the French Revolutionaries, is not to create new laws or new rules, but “to secure the religion, laws, and liberties, that had been long possessed.”

Pope Francis’s praise of capitalism a surprise on US trip
Thomas D. Williams, Crux

Looking back at Pope Francis’s visit to the United States one year ago this week, one of the surprises along the way was the pontiff’s unexpected praise for the free market economy of his host country.

Does a Universal Basic Income Conflict with the Biblical View of Work?
Andrew Spencer, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

Automation is coming to a workplace near you. The result may be the displacement of about 1.4 million workers in Tennessee alone, according to a report from the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. That number represents about half of the state’s current workforce.

Blog author: jcarter
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
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Are American Christians Really ‘Persecuted’?
K.A. Ellis, Christianity Today

If our overseas brothers and sisters say we are, then we probably are.

Child Poverty Has Plummeted in the Last 20 Years—Here’s Why
Daniel Huizinga, Opportunity Lives

A new report by the Manhattan Institute’s Scott Winship shows child poverty has actually declined substantially over 20 years. In fact, the 1996 welfare reform law has been deemed by many (including the liberal-leaning Brookings Institution) to be a resounding success, especially for never-married mothers.

Religious freedom issues loom large in 2016 election
Tom Tracy, Crux

As recent years have brought a wave of religious liberty court battles and the federal contraceptive mandate infringing on an array of operations by church entities — along with a U.S. Supreme Court vacancy to be filled — 2016 might be a seminal electoral cycle.

US Economic Liberty Has Been Sinking for Sixteen Years
Daniel J. Mitchell, FEE

When Economic Freedom of the World is released every September, it’s like an early Christmas present. This comprehensive yearly publication is a great summary of whether nations have policies that allow people economic liberty.

Blog author: jcarter
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
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Pope Francis says corruption as addictive as drugs
Inés San Martín, Crux

“Corruption produces addiction, and it generates poverty, exploitation, suffering. And how many victims there are in the world today!” Pope Francis said on Sunday, returning to an anti-corruption theme that’s been a cornerstone of his social teaching from the beginning.

The One Way Conservative Students Are More Libertarian Than Libertarian Students
Bryan Caplan, EconLog

The standard libertarian position here, of course, is, “If a merchant turns you away on religious grounds, just take your business elsewhere.” Why would over a quarter of libertarian students think otherwise?

What liberals don’t understand about income inequality
Edward Conard, AEI

Blaming the success of America’s 1% for the slow growth of middle- and working-class incomes leads to policies that slow an already slow-growing economy.

Don’t Overlook Marriage in the Fight to End Child Poverty
Alysse ElHage, Family Studies

Marriage is equal to education and work in helping to lift and keep people out of poverty.

Blog author: jcarter
Monday, September 19, 2016
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Why we need a new focus on work
Angela Rachidi, AEI

Our government programs should help more people become self-sufficient. But to do this, more people need to work.

Genocide of Christians by ISIS a reality we can’t ignore
Father Matthew Schneider, Crux

Looking at the long-term history and percentages eliminated, the persecution of Assyrian Christians alone seems comparable to the Holocaust during World War II, yet when was the last time you heard about it in society or in the media?

What the UN Gets Wrong about Free Markets
Alberto Mingardi, FEE

Because the free market is a process of discovery, as it moves from experiment to experiment, certainly some of these experiments may and should fail.

You Are Made in the Image of God. Here’s What That Means for Your Life and Work.
Art Lindsley, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

Being made in God’s image bears great implications for your own dignity. Since the Fall, what aspects of God’s image have you lost, what aspects have you retained, and what does all this mean for your life and work?

Blog author: jcarter
Friday, September 16, 2016
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Nearly half of America’s black-owned businesses were launched in the last 5 years
The Week

African-Americans owned just 2.1 percent of the nation’s companies in 2014, despite making up 12 percent of the population, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. But nearly half of those black-owned firms were launched in the past five years, The Wall Street Journal reports, suggesting the racial gap may begin to narrow in the coming years

Human Action: A Timeless Masterpiece
Richard M. Ebeling, FEE

Human Action uniquely stands out as a classic in the literature of economics.

Report: Corruption undermines US efforts in Afghanistan
Associated Press

A U.S. report released Wednesday said that widespread corruption in Afghanistan has undermined efforts to rebuild the country and urged the U.S. mission to make anticorruption efforts a top priority.

15 Facts About US Poverty the Government Hides
Robert Rector and Rachel Sheffield, The Daily Signal

Here are 15 facts about poverty in America that may surprise you. (All statistics are taken from U.S. government surveys.)

Blog author: jcarter
Thursday, September 15, 2016
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Note to Malthus: Life is Good
Rachel Lu, Crisis Magazine

Malthusian theories of scarcity have been haunting progressive thinking for decades now, and that’s not hard to understand when we consider the ethos of modern life.

History Says Trade Protectionism Has Never Worked
Jay Chittooran, Third Way

Would Trump’s isolationist policy work? If you look back, the United States has implemented protectionist policies on a number of occasions. And the results have been the same: grave economic consequences.

Key papal aide says economic focus must be people over profit
Junno Arocho Esteves, Catholic News Service

The world must heed Pope Francis’s warning of the dangers of “an economy of exclusion and inequality,” Ghanaian Cardinal Peter Turkson, recently named the first head of a new Vatican mega-department on human development, told participants at a conference studying the pope’s views on the economy.

Is Service or Competition the Defining Characteristic of Free Markets?
Anne Bradley, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

Serving one another and free-markets might not spring to your mind simultaneously. But should they? Does service or competition best characterize the free-market system?