Praying at the Pump

Do you consider gasoline to be a gift from God? You should. Andy Crouch, editorial director of the Christian Vision Project at Christianity Today, writes in a recent Books & Culture piece, “As our family sits together, eyes closed, we say grace. Continue Reading...

Subsidies at Home, Suffering Abroad

In today’s NYT: “Oxfam Suggests Benefit in Africa if U.S. Cuts Cotton Subsidies.” “Eliminating billions of dollars in federal subsidies to American cotton growers each year would reduce American cotton production and exports, raise world prices by about 10 percent and modestly improve the incomes of millions of poor cotton farmers in Africa, according to a new study by Oxfam, the aid group.” About how many other industries could a similar thing be said? Continue Reading...

National Security and Global Warming

On today’s Diane Rehm Show, a panel of experts discussed the pending energy policy legislation in the US Congress. Karen Wayland, legislative director of the Natural Resources Defense Counsel talked about the need to join the concepts of national security and climate change when discussing energy policy (RealAudio). Continue Reading...

Goodbye, World Bank?

As developing countries turn increasingly to private capital markets, the World Bank is facing not only a steep decline in demand for its loans but a crisis of relevancy. Sam Gregg looks at the changing market and how the rules of private lending might also provide a better check on corruption in the developing world. Continue Reading...

Lessig to Fight ‘Corruption’

Lawrence Lessig, a legal scholar and high-profile advocate of copyright reform, has decided to “shift my academic work, and soon, my activism, away from the issues that have consumed me for the last 10 years, towards a new set of issues.” His new task? Continue Reading...

No Place Like Home

At last year’s Acton University, a few Austrian attendees made an interesting youtube video celebrating their rediscovery of the huge and obvious contributions Austria has made to free-market economics. But what about the countries that don’t have an entire school of economic thought named after them? Continue Reading...

Armstrong’s Acton U Post Index

Here is an index of posts from last week’s Acton University: “What is Man?” Why the Answer Profoundly Matters (June 13) Integrity, Virtue and Vision in the World of Business (June 14) More Sights and Sounds at Acton University (June 15) Protestantism and Natural Law Theory (June 15) Economic Myths and Emergent Christian Thought (June 16) Continue Reading...

Father Sirico Closes Acton University 2007

Acton University 2007 came to a close this evening with another stirring address by Rev. Robert Sirico which capped a great week in Grand Rapids for all involved. It’s getting late and I can’t hope to top what Father Robert had to say this evening, so I’ll refer all of you to the audio link below. Continue Reading...

Acton University – Day 3 Audio Roundup

Today’s lectures from Acton University 2007 (updated as more audio becomes available): Natural Law and Protestant Public Theology: Dr. Stephen Grabill Enemies of the Inner City: John Nunes Moral Objections to the Free Market: John Schneider Private Property: Moral and Economic Foundations: Michael Miller The Bad News about the Prosperity Gospel: Rev. Continue Reading...