PowerLinks 11.13.13

At Least Two Cheers for American Protestants! John Mark Reynolds, Eidos As a happy member of an Orthodox Church, I might be able to escape this wrath, but I have always chosen (and still choose) to group myself with Evangelicalism: partly this is out of solidarity, partly because it is true! Continue Reading...

Obamacare’s HHS Mandate Loses Another Round

The HHS contraceptive-abortifacient mandate lost another round last week. “This is a significant victory for protecting the religious beliefs of individuals and corporations,” said Edward White, Senior Counsel of the ACLJ who is representing a family-run business in Illinois. Continue Reading...

How Does the Economy Actually Work?

In every stage of my formal schooling – from high school to college to graduate school – I’ve taken courses in economics. Yet with all that education I still struggle to understand a seemingly simple question: How does the economy actually work? Continue Reading...

Bill Gates and ‘Catalytic Philanthropy’

In today’s Wired, Microsoft founder Bill Gates shares his thought on how busines, government and philanthropy can make positive changes in the world. Gates makes it clear that he is pro-capitalism: I am a devout fan of capitalism. Continue Reading...

‘A Vision of the Impossible’: Taft on Progressives and Panaceas

In a wide-ranging discussion of the Progressive Era in her new biography of Calvin Coolidge, Amity Shlaes quotes a striking excerpt from a little-known speech by President William Howard Taft. Given in the middle of the 1912 election, in which Taft competed (poorly) against Woodrow Wilson and former President Teddy Roosevelt, the speech focuses on the predominant themes and schemes of his opponents, handily highlighting their limits. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 11.12.13

Do Libertarians Need God? Tyler O’Neil, Christian Post The ideas behind individual freedom, personal responsibility, and basic human rights require something more than materialism, a Christian scholar argued. The Jubilee and Land Ownership Steven Wedgeworth, The Calvinist International The Jubilee laws are an unavoidable feature of any discussion of “Biblical politics” or “Biblical economics.” Virtue is a Desire Modification Technology Adam Gurri, The Umlaut Virtue ethics is concerned with the character of the one making the decision, and in that way is much more like the philosophy of the ancient world than of the modern world. Continue Reading...

Video: John Blundell at the Acton Lecture Series

We’ve had a busy couple of weeks at the Acton Institute, hosting a number of events here in Grand Rapids including a couple of Acton Lecture Series presentations. The first of those came on October 15, as we welcomed John Blundell, Visiting Fellow at the Heritage Foundation and Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Institute of Economic Affairs. Continue Reading...

The Secular Warrior and the Kingdom of God

The Apostle Peter and Cornelius the centurion The most recent issue of the Journal of Markets & Morality (16.1) features an updated translation of “The Moral Organization of Humanity as a Whole,” the last chapter of the Russian Orthodox philosopher Vladimir Soloviev’s major work on moral philosophy The Justification of the Good. Continue Reading...