PowerLinks 12.29.17

Development aid in Africa is flowing to the rich in urban areas and not the poor Abdi Latif Dahir, Quartz The role of aid in Africa has been a controversial issue over the years, with economists like Dambisa Moyo even arguing against it, due to questions surfacing around its effectiveness in economic growth and poverty reduction. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 12.28.17

Are Sunk Costs Fallacies? Gwern Human and animal sunk costs often aren’t, and sunk cost bias may be useful on an individual level to encourage learning. Convincing examples of sunk cost bias typically operate on organizational levels and are probably driven by non-psychological causes like competition. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 12.27.17

A knock against unions could boost public workers’ rights George F. Will, Washington Post The U.S. Supreme Court probably will overturn a 1977 ruling that extracting compulsory union “agency fees” from public employees does not violate their First Amendment rights if the fees do not finance political activities. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 12.26.17

The big business of prisoner care packages Taylor Elizabeth Eldridge , Vox Inside the booming market for food in pouches, clear electronics, pocketless clothing, and other corrections-approved goods. The Reason the Left Gives Communism a Pass Walter E. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 12.22.17

Why Don’t Most Americans Realize They’re Getting Tax Cuts for Christmas? David A. Graham, The Atlantic Four out of five taxpayers will see their bills reduced in 2018, but few of them expect to see the cash. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 12.21.17

President Trump: Tax bill ‘an incredible Christmas gift for hard-working Americans’ ABC News President Donald Trump on Wednesday hailed congressional Republicans’ ambitious $1.5 trillion rewrite of the tax code as a win for middle class Americans. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 12.20.17

Is Liberty “Natural”? Hans Eicholz, Library of Law and Liberty Everywhere the idea of liberty has simply become confused, even deranged. The pieces of a once-glorious tradition have been shattered, and the shards have been taken up as dueling implements in an all-out street fight, as right is pitted against right, freedom against freedom. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 12.19.17

What the Founders Understood About Religious Freedom That We Must Recover Michael Berry, The Daily Signal Given the national discussion in recent days over whether the government may compel speech from an ordinary baker, now is an especially good time to consider the very first words of our charter document. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 12.18.17

In Search of the Elusive Bitcoin Billionaire Brian Doherty, Reason Bitcoin is booming. Libertarians were there first. So where are all the cryptocurrency tycoons? Bishops condemn selling of Nigerians into slavery in Libya Peter Ajayi Dada, Catholic News Service A trio of Nigerian bishops condemned the enslavement of Nigerians who traveled to Libya for work, calling the practice a horrific abuse of human dignity. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 12.15.17

Resisting the Fortress of Solitude: What’s Wrong with First Things’ Anxious Anti-Capitalism Robert T. Miller, Public Discourse Young people today, especially the ones who are serious about religion and look to the editors of First Things for guidance, must resist the allure of an intellectual Fortress of Solitude where they can sit and feel superior to everyone. Continue Reading...