Category: PowerLinks

Blog author: jcarter
Thursday, May 7, 2015
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A conservative anti-poverty agenda: School choice
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry, The Week

If the system had been specifically designed to entrench class privilege and inequality, it could hardly have been put together much better than this.

The Nature of Poverty
David Brooks, New York Times

Lately it seems as though every few months there’s another urban riot and the nation turns its attention to urban poverty. And in the midst of every storm, there are people crying out that we should finally get serious about this issue.

Conservatives and Low-skilled Workers
Pete Spiliakos, First Things

Why should we be advocating policies that reduce the wages of our poorest workers (both the foreign- and native-born)?

Thai army finds six more bodies near suspected human trafficking camp
Surapan Boonthanom , Reuters

Authorities in Thailand have dug up the bodies of six suspected Rohingya migrants from Myanmar at a rubber plantation near a mountain where a mass grave was found at the weekend, the military said on Wednesday.

Blog author: jcarter
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
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Why can’t Muslims laugh at Mohammed?
David P. Goldman, Asia Times

Why do Jews as well as Christians–but not Muslims–laugh at jokes about the founders of their faiths?

The Pontifical Spin Cycle
George Weigel, National Review

The Battle of the Blogs over papal environmentalism.

Nuns Intercede for Victims of Sex Trafficking in Italy
Elisabetta Povoledo, New York Times

In cooperation with social workers, local institutions, and embassies, the nuns assist the women in getting new documents, necessary for a new start.

A conservative anti-poverty agenda: Criminal justice reform
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry, The Week

America’s criminal justice system entrenches far too many people in poverty. And the fact that this system so disproportionately incarcerates black men is the disgusting icing on an awful cake.

Blog author: jcarter
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
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New York City Underreported School Violence to State, Audit Shows
Kate Taylor, New York Times

A review of violent episodes at 10 public schools in New York City found that the Education Department failed to report nearly a third of the cases to the state, as required, according to an audit the state comptroller released on Wednesday.

Pence, GOP leaders get pastors’ ‘rebuke’ for RFRA fix
Robert King, Indianapolis Star

A pastor who stood behind Gov. Mike Pence last month when he signed the “religious freedom” bill stood in the heart of the Statehouse on Monday and publicly rebuked Pence for the “betrayal” of signing the “fix” that quelled the national backlash.

The Wild Ideas of Social Conservatives
Ross Douthat, New York Times

[T]he basic social conservative analysis has turned out to have more predictive power than my rigorously empirical liberal friends are inclined to admit.

A conservative anti-poverty agenda: Strengthening the family
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry, The Week

Conservatives tend to prefer an indirect approach to fighting poverty. That means we don’t have to have big government “anti-poverty programs” with “anti-poverty” branding in order to effectively fight poverty.

Blog author: jcarter
Friday, May 1, 2015
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Electricity for Africa
Matt Ridley, Rational Optimist

There really is a trade-off: denying aid for fossil fuels hurts the poor.

If the Supreme Court Imposes Same Sex Marriage, You Could Lose Your Church
John Zmirak, The Stream

Obama’s Solicitor General admits that the feds will treat orthodox Christians like racists.

The Paradox of Dogma: How the Left Is Crippling Itself
Robert Tracinski, The Federalist

If you try to shut down public debate, is this a way of ensuring that you win—or an admission that you have already lost?

How California Cities Are Making Millions Seizing Property and Money from Law-Abiding Citizens
Melissa Quinn, The Daily Signal

In a small number of cities clustered in Los Angeles County, Calif., people are seeing their property and money seized by law enforcement through civil asset forfeiture, and it’s making police departments tens of millions of dollars.

Blog author: jcarter
Thursday, April 30, 2015
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On Sustainability
James V. Schall, S.J., The Catholic Thing

The phrase “objection sustained” comes from the law court – a judge agrees with a lawyer’s objection to procedure. His “sustaining” guarantees that the trial follows established rules. Today, in an enormous literature, what is to be “sustained” is not legal procedure, but the supposed “rules” that keep this planet viable down the ages.

Religious Liberty Is Not Enough
Jennifer Roback Morse, Crisis Magazine

We cannot cite religious liberty as a free-standing argument at this point. If we do not provide our unchurched or poorly catechized neighbors with an answer that makes sense to them, they will supply their own answer: “You won’t bake the cake because you hate gay people.”

Baltimore And The Broken Windows Fallacy
Rich Cromwell, The Federalist

The opportunity costs of rebuilding Baltimore after its riots will be steep.

Why conservatives need an anti-poverty agenda
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry, The Week

To some people (and not just liberals!), a conservative anti-poverty agenda sounds like an oxymoron. There are several reasons for this, some valid and some not.

Blog author: jcarter
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
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Do Regulations Harm Big Or Small Businesses More?
Opportunity Lives

Every time the federal government issues a new regulation, it costs businesses and consumers time and money to make sure they are in compliance with the rule. But what often goes unnoticed is that small businesses have a much harder time complying with each new regulation, as they cannot spare the money or time like a large corporation can.

Baltimore Riots & the Vocation for Order
Mark Tooley, Juicy Ecumenism

The Baltimore riots reminded me of a passage I read last eve from Richard Norton Smith’s excellent new Nelson Rockefeller biography about the 1971 Attica prison riot.

The Hyped Dangers Of Free-Range Parenting
Mark Hemingway, The Federalist

Once upon a time, ‘free-range parenting’ was simply known as parenting.

Nigerian army says rescues hundreds of girls from Boko Haram camps
Bate Felix and Ardo Abdallah, Reuters

Nigeria’s army has rescued 200 girls and 93 women during a military operation to wrest back the Sambisa Forest from the Boko Haram Islamist militant group, it said on Tuesday.

Blog author: jcarter
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
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Are Liberals Finally Rallying to Save Liberty?
Mike Gonzalez, The Daily Signal

The incipient revolt against the tactics prescribed by Saul Alinsky (if that is what it is) is taking place regarding my colleague Ryan Anderson, The Heritage Foundation’s William E. Simon fellow and lead researcher on marriage.

Dependency, Work Incentives, And The Growing Welfare State
Daniel J. Mitchell, The Federalist

Our current welfare system is bad for both poor people and taxpayers.

Judge proposes Oregon bakery pay $135,000 to lesbian couple
Steven Dubois, Associated Press

An administrative law judge proposed Friday that the owners of a suburban Portland bakery pay $135,000 to a lesbian couple who were refused service more than two years ago.

Why America’s prison rape endemic is everyone’s problem
Emily L. Hauser, The Week

The facts are appalling. The Bureau of Justice Statistics has found that in 2011 alone, some 200,000 people were sexually victimized in the American prison system.

Blog author: jcarter
Monday, April 27, 2015
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550 Slaves Rescued in Indonesia: Time to Get Serious About Fighting Human Trafficking in Asia
Olivia Enos, The Daily Signal

An estimated 550 slaves were rescued from the remote Indonesian island Benjina late last week. The International Organization for Migration believes there are at least 4,000 men that have not yet been rescued and may be victims of human trafficking. Events in Benjina are a reminder that the fight against human trafficking in Asia is far from over

What You Should Know About The Armenian Genocide
Stella Morabito, The Federalist

Today is the one hundredth anniversary of the Armenian Genocide that killed 1.5 million Christians. Remembering is one way we can safeguard against such atrocities.

Why the ‘safe space’ movement is a liberal assault on freedom
Michael Brendan Dougherty, The Week

Why worry about the exotic (and sometimes silly) life of a college campus? Well, it matters because future elites — who will set the norms and tone of our institutions of power — are coming of age in this intellectual stew.

Roepke and von Mises: The Difference
Ralph Ancil, The Imaginative Conservative

Since Roepke was an Austrian economist and former student of Mises, it appears to be assumed that, aside from small differences arising from individuality, they are in agreement on all important matters. Nothing could be more incorrect.

Blog author: jcarter
Friday, April 24, 2015
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How Christianity invented children
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry, The Week

We have forgotten just how deep a cultural revolution Christianity wrought. In fact, we forget about it precisely because of how deep it was: There are many ideas that we simply take for granted as natural and obvious, when in fact they didn’t exist until the arrival of Christianity changed things completely. Take, for instance, the idea of children.

To Protect Religious Freedom, Republicans Attempt Historic Move Against D.C.
Kelsey Harkness, The Daily Signal

A powerful congressional committee last night passed a measure to kill one of two controversial pieces of legislation from taking effect in the District of Columbia, moving closer to acting out a historic power play against a bill that critics believe infringes on religious liberty.

How to Be Productive According to the Bible
Kevin Halloran, Unlocking the Bible

The Bible contains truth that applies to all of life and has a tremendous amount to say about how we live our lives and work our jobs. The Bible’s view of work and productivity is vastly different from our culture’s view.

Obama urged to act as slaughter of Christians escalates
Susan Crabtree, Washington Examiner

Activists and elected officials are urging President Obama to stop slow-walking his response to the slaughter of Christians throughout the Middle East.

Blog author: jcarter
Thursday, April 23, 2015
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Shriveled grapes, shriveled liberty
George F. Will, Washington Post

In oral arguments Wednesday, the Supreme Court will hear the government defend its kleptocratic behavior while administering an indefensible law.

We don’t know how many people around the world are living in poverty
Sarah Shearman, Quartz

We live in a era of big data, but developing countries are suffering from a data drought: governments and the international community know less about the world’s poorest than they think.

We Can’t Let John Deere Destroy the Very Idea of Ownership
Kyle Wiens, Wired

It’s official: John Deere and General Motors want to eviscerate the notion of ownership. Sure, we pay for their vehicles. But we don’t own them. Not according to their corporate lawyers, anyway.

What Harvard Students Pushing Fossil Fuel Divestment Are Missing
Alex Belica and David Kreutzer, The Daily Signal

It’s usually a lot easier to tell someone else to solve a problem than to do it yourself. A movement has sprung up on many college campuses urging schools to divest their endowment funds of any companies that produce fossil fuels.