Category: PowerLinks

Blog author: jcarter
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
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Meet The Most Influential Poverty Fighter You’ve Never Heard Of
NPR

He was an accountant for Big Oil. Then came the cyclone of 1970. Sir Fazle Hasan Abed found a new calling — and came up with an idea that could be key to ending extreme poverty.

Canada Won’t Take Some Immigrants with Disabled Children, because of Single Payer
Jason Kuznicki, FEE

It remains for Canadians to decide what Canadians can afford, but it does somewhat beggar belief that that the Canadian system of single-payer healthcare will sink or swim on this particular margin.

The Crony Capitalists of Craft Beer
Jacob Grier, Reason.com

How independent breweries are mooching off state subsidies.

The Christian militia fighting IS
BBC

The anti-IS militia who say Jesus is their inspiration.

Blog author: jcarter
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
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Why Are Companies Taking Sides Against Religious Liberty?
William Ligon, Wall Street Journal

The American Founders believed religious liberty to be so essential that they enshrined it in the First Amendment. Today, however, it is treated as only another flashpoint in the culture wars.

Europe as a ‘Soft Utopia’
Todd Huizinga, The European Conservative

The EU is nothing if not ambitious. It is, in essence, a utopia—albeit a soft, squishy, do-gooders’ utopia.

The cure for poverty is right next door
Patrick Oetting, The News-Sentinel

The way to reduce this trend and break systemic cycles of poverty is to reduce the role of the state and return to the principle that still works as well as it did in 1831 — subsidiarity, that is, let those closest to the issue, such as churches and private charities, determine the needs in their community before we allow state involvement.

Judge strikes down Wisconsin right-to-work law
Ted Miller, WBAY.com

A Dane County judge sided with unions and struck down Wisconsin’s right-to-work law. The unions, including the Wisconsin AFL-CIO, United Steelworkers and International Association of Machinists, argued the law amounts to an unconstitutional seizure of their property because it allows workers who don’t pay union dues to still receive union benefits.

Blog author: jcarter
Monday, April 11, 2016
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The Panama Papers Actually Reflect Pretty Well on Capitalism
Megan McArdle, Bloomberg View

What we’ve seen from the papers so far is not so much an indictment of global capitalism as an indictment of countries that have weak institutions and a lot of corruption.

What if the Minimum Wage Increase Is a Fraud?
Andrew Napolitano, Reason.com

Politicians ignore the economic consequences of central planning and hope voters will reward them for it.

Can Bitcoin Be Used For Good?
The Atlantic

The cryptocurrency is a powerful tool for early adopters and middle-class entrepreneurs, but it may not provide the opportunities in the developing world that its advocates claim.

US Immigration Agency Returns ‘Freedom of Religion’ to Naturalization Exam
Philip Wegmann, The Daily Signal

Sen. James Lankford has made a small vocabulary victory that he believes will have a significant impact on religious liberty.

Blog author: jcarter
Friday, April 8, 2016
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Donald Trump’s Rise Shows Religion Is Losing Its Political Power
Eduardo Porter, New York Times

Donald Trump, no doubt, is the most confounding candidate produced by the American political system in decades. He offers enormous tax cuts, as any bona fide Republican candidate must. But he also wants to leave Social Security “as it is.”

Why Do Some Poor Kids Thrive?
Alana Semuels, The Atlantic

Researchers tracked hundreds of students in Baltimore to find out what top achievers had that others didn’t.

A bipartisan plan to reduce poverty in the US
Robert Doar, AEI Ideas

Our group proposes a new approach: a large-scale cultural campaign to promote marriage before childbearing led by political leaders and important figures in civil society.

What’s Missing from the American Dream for Women? Look to the Cultural Mandate.
Irene Switzer, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

I do not fit the “mold” social media claims I should fit. I often feel out of place in popular culture and even politics. Who represents me in the world? Who speaks for me on a stage? Honestly, very few.

Blog author: jcarter
Thursday, April 7, 2016
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A capitalist critique of consumerism
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry, The Week

If we all suddenly and collectively decided to stop buying pointless junk, the economy wouldn’t grind to a halt forever. People would just start working on more interesting, more valuable things.

Mike Rowe: ‘Free’ College Is A Myth That Smears Trade Schools
Bre Payton, The Federalist

In a response to a question from a fan, “Dirty Jobs” host Mike Rowe decried the notion of “free college for all” as a destructive idea that reinforces the stereotype that a trade school education is inferior to a degree from a four-year university.

Re-evaluating Today’s Human Rights Regime
James Kalb, Crisis Magazine

Everybody favors human rights—the US, the EU, the UN, the leaders of the Church, and indeed all respectable public figures. But what are they?

Why Conservatives Need To Re-frame The Welfare Argument
Evan Smith, Opportunity Lives

The tragedy, however, is not that conservatives may be losing a rhetorical war against the Left to win over the votes of America’s poor. No, the real tragedy is that the people who are actually on welfare are suffering because of it.

Blog author: jcarter
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
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Escape to America: A Syrian Christian Perspective
Stephen Herreid, The Stream

In the midst of a much-publicized “refugee crisis,” Christians in Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East have struggled for recognition as the group most targeted for persecution.

Does Globalization Harm the Poor?
Baylee Molloy, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

Is globalization a force for poverty alleviation, or a driver of inequality?

Supreme Court rejects conservative challenge in voting rights case
Lawrence Hurley, Reuters

A unanimous U.S. Supreme Court on Monday upheld the method all 50 states use in drawing legislative districts by counting every resident and not just eligible voters, rejecting a conservative challenge that could have given more sway to rural white voters.

New York’s Cuomo signs two-tier minimum wage law in push for state-wide $15/hour
Edward Krudy, Reuters

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday signed into law a minimum wage increase that takes a two-tier approach, setting a higher $15 per hour minimum for New York City and its environs and a lower legal minimum for less-costly areas.

Blog author: jcarter
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
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Most of Europe Is a Lot Poorer than Most of the United States
Daniel J. Mitchell, FEE

It’s a sign of American prosperity that we can afford to buy more from other nations than they can afford to buy from us.

Look Out China, US Manufacturing is Headed for No. 1
Steve Minter, IndustryWeek

Advanced manufacturing technologies are helping to push the United States back toward being the most competitive manufacturing nation in the world, according to a new survey of global CEOs and other senior executives.

Mobile Phones Promise to Bring Banking to the World’s Poorest
Rodger Voorhies, Harvard Business Review

The rapid proliferation of mobile platforms and the digital services that move across them are transforming the world in countless ways.

The Panama Papers show how corruption really works in Russia
Mark Galeotti, Vox

Whereas in many countries corruption is the means by which elites turn their power into money, in Russia it is the other way around — corruption is a way to get and keep the political power that is so much more important than mere wealth.