Category: PowerLinks

Blog author: jcarter
Tuesday, October 18, 2016

For Disaster Recovery, the Best Knowledge Is Local Knowledge
Veronique de Rugy, Mercatus Center

When it comes to the recovery after Hurricane Matthew, policymakers should remember that when social networks are broken by disasters, local knowledge is particularly powerful and holds an even bigger advantage over bureaucrats than usual, no matter how well-intentioned the public officials are.

Poverty, not income inequality, is our modern problem
Anne R. Bradley, Washington Times

Some say income inequality is the defining issue of our time. One of the most famous tweets ever came from Pope Francis, who wrote, “Inequality is the root of social evil.”

What Every 20-Year Old Should Know about Liberty
Jeffrey Tucker, FEE

What does the idea of human liberty imply about how you should understand the changing world?

Ludwig von Mises: A Primer
Israel Kirzner, The Imaginative Conservative

The bulk of Mises’ work in economics up to this time was under the influence of teachers imbued directly or indirectly with the ideas of the German Historical School, and Mises had, by the time he received his doctorate, already published several scholarly works in historical economics research.

Blog author: jcarter
Monday, October 17, 2016

About Those Unthinking, Backwards Catholics
Charles J. Chaput, First Things

The cultural damage done by the current White House has—apparently—made courting America’s bishops unnecessary.

“Freedom” vs. “Liberty”: Why Religious Conservatives Have Begun to Favor One over the Other
Stephanie Russell-Kraft, Religous Dispatches

In most circles, “religious freedom” and “religious liberty” are interchangeable, but to call them identical wouldn’t quite be right.

Religious Freedom In Turkey: A New Shadow Emerges
Tim Scheiderer, The St. Charles Institute

“There’s an atmosphere in Turkey right now that anyone who isn’t Sunni is a threat to the stability of the nation,” said a pastor in Istanbul.

‘If you are the problem, you are also the promise’
Sen. Tim Scott, Washington Times

Our nation certainly faces challenges. We have nearly 48 million Americans who are living in poverty. My family’s story shows what is possible in America. We have gone from “Cotton to Congress” in one lifetime.

Blog author: jcarter
Friday, October 14, 2016

Why Evangelicals Are Divided over Trump
Joe Carter, TGC

Here’s why conservative evangelicals are divided over Trump—and what we can do about it.

Should Christians Vote for Trump?
Eric Metaxas, Wall Street Journal

Trump’s behavior is odious, but Clinton has a deplorable basketful of deal breakers.

Faith leaders call on Obama, Congress to reject controversial religious liberty report
Kelsey Dallas, Deseret News

A diverse group of religious leaders, including the chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ ad hoc committee on religious liberty and the presiding bishop of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, have called on President Barack Obama and Congress to reject the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights’ recent report on religious freedom law.

A Christian Perspective on Innovation and Economic Growth
Anne Bradley, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

As a Christian economist, I’m often asked to comment on the incredible pace of change regarding technology, innovation, and its impact on the economy – and how Christians should approach these issues.

Blog author: jcarter
Thursday, October 13, 2016

How to understand the three A’s of religious liberty as Christians
Andrew T. Walker, ERLC

Everyone worships something (adoration); everyone wants to live truthfully (authentically); and everyone has an ultimate standard for what they value (authority). These concepts are the building blocks of religious liberty.

How income varies among U.S. religious groups
David Masci, Pew Research

While there is a strong and proven correlation between education and income, it’s harder to know whether there also is a link between religion and wealth.

The case for free enterprise in a populist moment
Arthur C. Brooks, AEI

With no simple solution for reviving equal opportunity, conventional politicians struggle with increasingly angry voters.

How Medieval Towns Paved the Way for Capitalism
Richard M. Ebeling, FEE

It was in the towns of the Middle Ages that there began to emerge the economic, legal, and social prerequisites of the market economy.

Blog author: jcarter
Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Aristotle on Economics and the Flourishing Life
Harvey C. Mansfield,

Modern economics makes its way without study of the “flourishing life,” which is one translation of what Aristotle meant by happiness. For him, as for common sense, happiness is the goal of ethics and politics, and ultimately of economics.

Elon Musk Isn’t Religious Enough to Colonize Mars
James Poulos, Foreign Policy

Silicon Valley wants to explore space as tech entrepreneurs. We should be traveling as pilgrims.

Sugar subsidies are the zombies of crony capitalism
Jazz Shaw, Hot Air

It’s probably too late to get either of the presidential candidates to focus on something as silly as destructive government policies which could absolutely be addressed by congress next year, but for what it’s worth we may as well give it a try.

Charter Schools and Choice: The Civil Rights Issue of our Day
Erik Root, Opportunity Lives

Charter schools are tuition-free public schools that serve a diverse constituency. In general, independent, nonprofit organizations run charter schools, which are granted contracts by a state or local agency and have a fair amount of leeway in exchange for greater accountability.

Blog author: jcarter
Tuesday, October 11, 2016

We Abandon Social Conservatism at Our Own Peril
Carlos D. Flores, Public Discourse

Fiscal conservativism cannot exist without social conservatism. Strong families form the foundation of healthy societies and strong economies.

Straight Talk About Christopher Columbus
David Tucker, Wall Street Journal

Europeans acted the way that conquerors always did. We judge them harshly because they spread a then-novel idea: equality.

Turkey Builds 9,000 Mosques, Bans Orthodox Christian Liturgy
Robert Jones, PJ Media

While the Turkish government has built so many mosques across the country with state funds, it has banned Orthodox Christian liturgy in the Sumela Monastery, a historic site in Trabzon.

Will Americans Ever Trust Their Government Again?
Salena Zito, The Federalist

It’s not just scandals like Watergate that have crippled voters’ trust. It’s also attitudes of entitlement and media fear-mongering.

Blog author: jcarter
Monday, October 10, 2016

France Shows That “Free” College Is Neither Free Nor Fair
Bill Wirtz, FEE

These subsidies have created a generation of people who attend college because it is free, even if an apprenticeship might suit them better.

“Sharing Economy” Reveals that Licensing Laws Are Really About Shutting Down the Competition
Brittany Hunter, Mises Wire

The sharing economy has completely reshaped the way we do business with each other as well as expanded opportunities for those looking to go into business for themselves.

How U.S. AID Offers a Guide to Good Government and American Exceptionalism
Tom Rogan, Opportunity Lives

The mission of the U.S. Agency for International Development (US-AID) is “to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential.”

Three Essential Requirements for Flourishing
Anne Bradley, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

To be free in a world where we can love and serve strangers by doing our work well, we need certain institutions: property rights, prices, and the rule of law.