PowerLinks 12.26.16

The Spiritual Crisis of the Modern Economy Victor Tan Chen, The Atlantic The main source of meaning in American life is a meritocratic competition that makes those who struggle feel inferior. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 12.23.16

The Six Mysterious Elves of the Commercial Marketplace Jeffrey Tucker, FEE We were born into a world of amazing prosperity that our generation did not create. A 2-country, 2-transaction example to understand trade, trade deficits, capital flows, and the balance of payments Mark J. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 12.22.16

Surveys Find Charter School Parents More Satisfied Than District-School Parents Daniel Huizinga, Opportunity Lives Politicians and policy experts have argued for two decades about the merits of charter schools, with many studies showing the alternative public schools perform as well or better than traditional tax-funded schools. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 12.21.16

Stereotypes Are Poisoning American Politics William R. Easterly, Bloomberg View J.D. Vance calls on Appalachians to alter a “culture that increasingly encourages social decay.” To what Central Committee on Appalachian Culture is he appealing? Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 12.20.16

Christians Who Pray to ‘St. Marx’ are Building the Next Gulag Rev. Hans Jacobse, The Stream The Tradinistas don’t understand Marx, but worse, they don’t understand their Christian faith either. When It Comes to Economic Mobility, Family Matters Israel Ortega, Opportunity Lives After nearly half a century spending trillions of dollars in the War on Poverty, the numbers show we’ve hardly made a dent. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 12.19.16

EPA Finds No Widespread Water Pollution From Fracking Steve Everley, The Daily Signal A landmark report from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, released earlier this month, finally puts that talking point to bed. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 12.16.16

The Supreme Court Case That Could Bankrupt Religious Schools and Hospitals Emma Green, The Atlantic Advocate Health Care Network v. Stapleton pits financially strained organizations against their own workers, who fear their promised pensions may not be there when they retire. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 12.15.16

Time for a tipping point on anti-Christian persecution John L. Allen Jr., Crux In the eyes of those truly paying attention, anti-Christian persecution is one of the transcendent human rights challenges of our time, and a priority that requires something greater than simply exhorting national governments such as Egypt to step up their own efforts. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 12.14.16

Preserving Limited Government In Difficult Times Pete Spiliakos, First Things The concerns of conventional economic conservatives are sound but insufficient. All else being equal, lower taxes and regulation will be better for growth. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 12.13.16

To Help The Poorest Of The Poor, First You Have To Find Them Mark H. Kim, NPR In the quest to help the poor, it’s difficult to know whose needs are the greatest. Continue Reading...