Obamacare: The Economics Just Don’t Add Up

Tomorrow is the big day for Obamacare, despite the fact that even the Obama Administration admits it’s “glitchy.” The president is cheerleading the program, reminding us that he’s been right all along: Reforming health care will help the economy over the long-term,” by curing health-care costs and free individuals to start small companies, he said. Continue Reading...

Why the Left Abandoned Religious Freedom

When it passed in 1993, The Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) was supported left-leaning Democratic lawmakers and liberal groups like the American Civil Liberties Union. President Clinton, who signed it into law, called the bill one of his greatest accomplishments as President. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 09.30.13

In praise of honest work Karl D. Stephen, Mercatornet If we believed in the honour of work, employment would take care of itself. Religious Freedom in 10 Minutes Eric Teetsel, Manhattan Project What is religious freedom and why does it matter? Continue Reading...

Surplus = Happiness, Deficit = Misery

Wilkins Micawber, the namesake for the Micawber Principle.Joe Carter points to a Lifehacker article that sums up two basic equations that lead to the creation of wealth (with what I consider to be a clarifying correction applied in the first formula): Income spending = surplus Surplus x time = wealth Likewise, Wilhelm Röpke, in his A Humane Economy, points to two equations arising from classical literature that connect surplus with happiness and deficit to misery (the Micawber Principle). Continue Reading...

Shareholder Activists More Goliath than David

Religious shareholder activists are portrayed as modern-day Davids who take on corporate Goliaths. The reality is they are Davids serving a Goliath of a different stripe. When graying cohorts of nuns, priests, clergy and other religious proxy shareholders hitched their wagon to the Center for Political Accountability’s crusade against Citizens United and corporate political spending, it was reported by most news sources as cute and endearing. Continue Reading...

Presuppositions Matter, So Let’s Work Together

It is truly amazing to encounter Protestants who believe that their views on theology and justice are objective and neutral — as if the Fall did not happen. In a recent discussion about the sacraments, a leader of an international ministry said to me, “If hermeneutics involves being taught to believe a certain theology, then it is not true hermeneutics. Continue Reading...