Category: PowerLinks

Blog author: jcarter
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
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Tim Kaine’s radical roots
Ken Blackwell, The Hill

According to the media, Tim Kaine took a life transforming “mission” trip to Latin America in 1980. Conveniently left out of these stories, are the radical reality of the Cold War in Latin America and Tim Kaine’s Soviet sympathizing mentors. In fact, whatever Kaine’s intentions, he more likely met Karl Marx than Jesus Christ while there.

ISIL’s human traffickers are using Facebook, WhatsApp, and Telegram to sell slaves
Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz

By now, ISIL’s use of social media as a recruitment tool is common knowledge. Less known is the group’s use of those same digital platforms to scout and lure sex slaves.

What the Media, Academics Get Wrong When They Blame Crime Rate on Poverty, Discrimination
Walter E. Williams, The Daily Signal

Some are puzzled by the dishonesty, lack of character, and sheer stupidity of many people in the media. But seeing as most of them are college graduates, they don’t bear the full blame. They are taught by dishonest and irresponsible academics. Let’s look at it.

Christian genocide could succeed through indifference, activists warn
Mark Zimmermann, Crux

Accepting an award for defending persecuted Christians in the Middle East, Knights of Columbus CEO Carl Anderson said Sept. 8, “A genocide that some began by the sword cannot be allowed to succeed through indifference.”

Blog author: jcarter
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
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Morality Is Indispensable for Liberty
Becky Akers, FEE

The idea that my property belongs to me alone has become as quaint as “Thou shalt not steal.”

The Conservative Churches Resettling Refugees
Priscilla Alvarez, The Atlantic

Despite pushback from Republicans, who have expressed concerns about admitting those from Syria and Iraq, religious groups continue to work in tandem with agencies to place individuals in their states.

How to Get The American Man Back to Work
Evan Smith, Opportunity Lives

Things are looking great for workers in America — as long as you don’t look too hard.

Farmers Deserve Free Markets, Not Handouts
Stephen Moore, RealClearPolicy

Just when it seems federal spending couldn’t get more preposterous, Congress gives us the “cheese bailout.” In order to support dairy farmers, the feds are buying an estimated 11 million pounds of surplus cheese. The cost to taxpayers? About $20 million.

Blog author: jcarter
Monday, September 12, 2016
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How to Talk School Choice and Win
Beverly Hallberg, The Daily Signal

“Choice” always seems to be a winning argument for the left, except when it comes to education. Liberals repeatedly cry foul as soon as someone champions school choice at (what they perceive to be) the expense of public education.

Why Can’t Libertarians and Progressives Agree? It’s Their Definition of Freedom
Scotty Hendricks, Big Think

Freedom is a closely-held value to nearly everyone in the modern western world. But two people rarely agree on what defines the concept of freedom.

Why Conservation Is a Gospel Issue
Peter Harris, Christianity Today

Christians who care about conservation are still too rare a species. A report from the World Conservation Congress.

What Is the Ultimate Goal of Helping the Poor?
Paul Cleveland, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

Poverty is a signal of the failure to acquire suitable resources for the achievement of one’s ends. Since life in this world is always marked by the limitation of resources relative to the ends we desire to achieve, poverty is relative.

Blog author: jcarter
Friday, September 9, 2016
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How Can Your Church Serve Unemployed Men?
Russell Moore

With rates of male unemployment the way they are, your church has a spoken or unspoken specter over the men in your congregation and your community.

The Plight Of The White Working Class Isn’t Economic, It’s Cultural
John Daniel Davidson, The Federalist

The white working class thinks Donald Trump can solve its economic problems. But their problems aren’t primarily economic, they’re cultural.

Capitalism Is Good for the Poor
Steven Horwitz, FEE

The biggest gains in the fight against poverty have occurred in countries that have opened up their markets.

Economics Struggles to Cope With Reality
Noah Smith, Bloomberg View

There are basically four different activities that all go by the name of macroeconomics. But they actually have relatively little to do with each other. Understanding the differences between them is helpful for understanding why debates about the business cycle tend to be so confused.

Blog author: jcarter
Thursday, September 8, 2016
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You Don’t Have to Get Elected or Make Movies to Change Culture
Greg Forster, TGC

The place where we have the most opportunity to shine gospel light into our culture isn’t in elections or in movies, but in everyday workplaces.

Developing a Strategy for a Life of Meaningful Labor
Brian Fetherstonhaugh, Harvard Business Review

Whether you are a Millennial, a Gen Xer, or a Baby Boomer, here are five actions you can take to get your career strategy rolling.

Why can’t we see that we’re living in a golden age?
Johan Norberg, The Spectator

If you look at all the data, it’s clear there’s never been a better time to be alive.

Socialism: The World’s Greatest Generator of Poverty
Allen Mendenhall, Mises Wire

Why have death, destruction, and abject destitution become so hip and cool? Because of effective propaganda and utopian promises of “free” everything.

Blog author: jcarter
Wednesday, September 7, 2016
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The Formula for a Richer World? Equality, Liberty, Justice
Deirdre N. McCloskey, New York Times

The world is rich and will become still richer. Quit worrying.

Richard T. Ely: Progressive Political Economist and Social Gospel Advocate
Luigi Bradizza, Heritage Foundation

Richard T. Ely was an especially gifted and effective Progressive Era reformer. No other progressive worked so energetically, for so long and in so many ways, to effect change in America.

Why Do People Work?
Anne Bradley, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

This is a question economists never stop trying to answer. They refer to it as the “labor-leisure tradeoff.”

Five Ways the Government Keeps Native Americans in Poverty
Shawn Regan, FEE

The federal government is responsible for managing Indian affairs for the benefit of all Indians. But by all accounts the government has failed to live up to this responsibility.

Blog author: jcarter
Tuesday, September 6, 2016
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Freedom Isn’t What You Think It Is
Douglas Williams, The Federalist

Freedom at its core is the ability to do what I ought, not simply what I want.

Can Capitalist Pigs be Pious Christians?
J.K. Wall, Gentle Reformation

The world of business has a bad name because most people—including those running businesses—don’t know why they exist.

5 Bad Starting Points for the Faith and Work Conversation
Jeff Haanen, TGC

We can renew aspects of culture, but transforming “the culture”? Like, the whole thing? Apart from Jesus returning, I have no idea what that means.

The case for animal welfare as a matter of faith
Charles C. Camosy, Crux

An official with the Faith Outreach Program at the Humane Society of the United States believes that, “When we do something to protect animals, it has significance beyond just helping that animal. It’s part of a larger restorative effort that mends our relationships with one another and God as well.”