Acton Institute Powerblog Archives

Post Tagged 'economics'

Why truly free trade is also truly fair

Throughout our political discourse, we continue to hear critiques of free trade from left and right, each of them ultimately aiming to prod us closer to an abstract notion of so-called “fair” or “fairer” trade. Continue Reading...

Audio: Samuel Gregg on the universal basic income

Last week, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg endorsed the idea of a universal basic income during his commencement address at Harvard University. Samuel Gregg, Acton Institute Director of Research, joined host Drew Mariani on Relevant Radio yesterday to discuss the arguments for and against the idea, and whether it would even work as advertised. Continue Reading...

When work as ‘calling’ becomes an idol unto self

Propelled by an expansion in economic opportunity and the resounding cultural calls to “follow your passions,” today’s workers are more easily latching on to the notion of work as “calling,” or a pursuit of “deeper meaning.” Of course, in many ways, it’s a positive development. Continue Reading...

Video: Anne Rathbone Bradley on why Christians must support economic freedom

The 2017 Acton Lecture Series continued on March 3rd with an address by Anne Rathbone Bradley, Vice President of Economic Initiatives at the Institute for Faith, Work & Economics. Bradley explained that economic freedom is a necessary condition for each of us to contribute to and partake in human flourishing; Christians need to understand this fact and support economic freedom in order to allow everyone to be able to use their God-given gifts to participate in the redemption of His creation, and to better serve their families, neighbors, and others that they may not even know. Continue Reading...

New Issue of the Journal of Markets & Morality (19.2)

The most recent issue of the Journal of Markets & Morality, vol. 19, no. 2, has been published online and print copies are in the mail. This issue features the publication of Acton’s 2015 Novak Award winner Catherine Pakaluk’s lecture, “Dependence on God and Man: Toward a Catholic Constitution of Liberty,” in addition to our regular slate of peer-reviewed articles. Continue Reading...

Reordering the loves: How vocation redeems our self-interest

“The economic order, in light of the doctrine of vocation, becomes a complex network of individual human beings loving and serving each other according to their God-given gifts and abilities. The division of labor is transfigured into a labor of love.” –Gene Veith “Martin Luther” by Lucas Cranach der Ältere (Public Domain) In his latest book, Working for Our Neighbor, Gene Veith explores a Lutheran understanding of work, vocation, and economics, concluding that, for the Christian, work and vocation are God’s design for serving the people around us. Continue Reading...