PowerLinks – 10.30.12

Victory in Federal Court for Monks Threatened with Prison for Selling Caskets Saint Joseph Abbey and Seminary The monks of Saint Joseph Abbey have won again. On October 23, the U.S. Continue Reading...

AU Online: Discuss Obamacare Lawsuit with John Kennedy of Autocam

Join West Michigan business leader, John Kennedy, for a discussion of the HHS mandate and Obamacare. Kennedy, president and chief executive officer of Autocam, is filing suit against the federal government because the “mandate unconstitutionally coerces” him to violate his convictions about the dignity of human life. Continue Reading...

Hurricanes Lead to Broken Windows—And Broken Window Fallacies

Hurricanes almost always leave two things in their aftermath: broken windows and articles advocating the broken window fallacy. As economist Don Boudreaux wrote earlier today, “Americans will soon be flooded by commentary that assures us that the silver lining around the destruction caused by hurricane Sandy is a stronger economy. Continue Reading...

A State That Co-opts and Crushes Civil Society?

John Zmirak, author and Editor-in-Chief of The Intercollegiate Review, wants voters to know exactly what is at stake in the looming Presidential election. In a guest blogger piece at the National Catholic Register, Zmirak pointedly states that the choice between the two candidates isn’t just about whose economic agenda seems more reasonable or who won which debate: …it’s about what America means: At heart of our Constitutional democracy is the freedom of individuals, even those with unpopular opinions, to pursue the good as they choose—and their right to form groups outside the government and push back against its policies. Continue Reading...

Tracing the Logic of Liberalism

In the Western world there are conservative liberals, liberal liberals, and radical liberals, says David T. Koyzis, but all adhere to the basic principles of liberalism: The liberalism of Thomas Hobbes and John Locke. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks – 10.29.12

‘The Weightier Provisions of the Law’ Rob Schwarzwalder, The Gospel Coalition Finding a course where principle can wed with effective if incomplete action is the holy grail of evangelical political engagement. Continue Reading...

The Moral Paper Route

AEI recently held a contest challenging people to make a video that could articulate a moral case for free markets in two minutes or less. The $40,000 top prize was won by Jared Fuller with this entry, “The Moral Paper Route.” At AEI’s Values & Capitalism blog, Julia Thompson talks to Fuller about the making of the video. Continue Reading...

Samuel Gregg: Paul Ryan’s Way

Acton’s Director of Research, Samuel Gregg, notes in a recent NRO article that vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan has avoided “emotivist nonsense” and presented a clear moral vision for our country. Among other things, Ryan, ever so politely but unambiguously, underlined the immense damage inflicted by sometimes well-intentioned government welfare programs upon those in need. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks – 10.26.12

Paul Ryan: How Conservatism Helps the Poor David Azerrad, The Foundry When it comes to explaining how their policies would help the poor and the disadvantaged, conservatives can all too often be likened to a football team that drives all the way to the one-yard line and then just kneels down. Continue Reading...

ResearchLinks – 10.26.12

Call for Papers: “Intellectual Property and Religious Thought” University of St. Thomas School of Law, April 5, 2013. The University of St. Thomas will hold a conference titled “Intellectual Property and Religious Thought,” on April 5, 2013, co-sponsored by the Terrence J. Continue Reading...