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To avoid a demographic winter, Europe must understand human dignity

(Photo credit: Bev Sykes, CC BY 2.0) Like all of Europe, Poland is suffering from a steep demographic crisis. Despite a relatively large (European) population and an expansive land mass that serves as a bridge between Europe and Asia, Poland has a fertility rate lower than that of China – a nation that only recently relaxed its One-Child Policy. Continue Reading...

Remembering Pope John Paul II’s advice: ‘Do not be afraid’

Pope John Paul II on a trip to Germany in 1980. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia This week, the Catholic Church celebrates World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland. Fittingly, Pope St. John Paul II was chosen as one of the patron saints of the week, both as a figure who fits into the theme of the Year of Mercy and as a beloved Polish Saint who once served as the Archbishop of Krakow. Continue Reading...

EcoLinks 08.17.15

Is Poland’s new hyper-Catholic government on a collision course with the pope? John L. Allen, Jr., Crux In his recent encyclical letter Laudato Si’, Francis called for strong limits on the consumption of fossil fuels. Continue Reading...

Why Private Property Protects Conscience

What is the connection between private property and conscience rights? “If there is no private property,” says Michael Novak in this week’s Acton Commentary, “there is also no independent leg to stand on in speaking for one’s conscience — and not only one’s individual conscience.” In Poland and elsewhere, religious communities had inspired and led the nations for hundreds of years. Continue Reading...

Raphael Lemkin: The One-Man NGO Against Genocide

Raphael Lemkin Today marks the 54th year since the passing of one of the world’s most influential international human rights lawyers. Raphael Lemkin, who coined the term ‘genocide’, made the crime illegal under international law, and possessed an almost prophetic sense of the atrocities that would occur under Nazi tyranny in World War II, died a largely unnoticed man. Continue Reading...

Acton in Krakow: Culture & the Transition to Wealth

Some members of the Acton team were in Krakow, Poland, last week for the third conference in our series on Poverty, Entrepreneurship and Integral Development. This conference, which took place on May 19th, was on the topic of Building a Commercial Society: Culture & the Transition to Wealth, and was co-sponsored with the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, the Civil Development Forum, and the Polish American Foundation for Economic Research and Education. Continue Reading...

Extending Europe Eastward

A Polish friend recommended this NYT piece by Roger Cohen reflecting on the most recent tragedy visited upon the Polish people. Cohen’s friend, Adam Michnik in Warsaw, “an intellectual imprisoned six times by the former puppet-Soviet Communist rulers,” had said to him in the past that: …my obsession has been that we should have a revolution that does not resemble the French or Russian, but rather the American, in the sense that it be for something, not against something. Continue Reading...