PowerLinks – 08.28.12

The Sad Secular Monks Leah Libresco, First Things Most careers aren’t vocations, so we need space outside them to grow and love. Study: Less religious states give less to charity Associated Press A new study on the generosity of Americans suggests that states with the least religious residents are also the stingiest about giving money to charity. Continue Reading...

Who Counts as Middle Class?

As the Presidential debates draw near, there is one question that tops my wish list of questions that should (but won’t be) asked of the candidates: What income range constitutes “middle class”? Continue Reading...

PowerLinks – 08.27.12

HHS Mandate “Serious” Threat to Religious Liberty Ken McIntyre, The Foundry Are the concerns of religious employers about a mandate from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) simply a matter of getting “all worked up over nothing,” a new video asks, as the Obama Administration suggests? Continue Reading...

GQ, ArtPrize and ‘Flyover Country’

At the Mackinac Center blog, I look at a really shabby piece of reportage in GQ Magazine on ArtPrize, the annual public art competition in Grand Rapids, Mich. Grand Rapids is also where the Acton Institute is based and it’s a terrific Midwestern city doing a lot of things right. Continue Reading...

You Didn’t Kill That Business On Your Own

After relating how city regulations in Chattanooga, Tenn., helped kill a small business, economist Mark J. Perry offers a sympathetic sentiment for failed entrepreneurs: To paraphrase President Obama: Look, if you’ve been unsuccessful, you didn’t get there on your own. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks – 08.24.12

Is Totalitarian Liberalism A Mutant Form of Christianity? Tracey Rowland, Crisis Magazine In a post-Christian world gods don’t disappear. Christ is simply replaced by the apparatus of the nation-state. Political leaders assume to themselves the powers and prerogatives formerly associated with deities, above all, powers over life and death and reproduction. Continue Reading...