PowerLinks 04.23.18

April 23, 2018 • by Joe Carter

PowerLinks 04.23.18

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Why is Macron courting the Catholic Church?

French President Emmanuel Macron wants Catholics in his country to be more involved in public life. Samuel Gregg, Acton’s director of research, wonders if France’s secular settlement could be under threat: For a few days this month, France experienced a relapse into the type of anti-Catholic rhetoric that, 100 years ago, would have thrilled half the country and infuriated everyone else. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 04.20.18

The conservative renaissance has begun Christopher Buskirk, Washington Post This conservative renaissance is young but vigorous. It embraces — but is also bigger than — Trump. How More Than a Billion People Got Access to Financial Services in Less Than a Decade Paul Kiernan, Wall Street Journal About 1.2 billion adults gained access to financial services between 2011 and last year, the World Bank said Thursday, as the internet and mobile phones increasingly connected far-flung communities to the global financial grid. Continue Reading...

How to be an unapologetic patriot

Today is Patriots’ Day, an annual observance of the anniversary of when the American colonies first took up arms against the British Crown on April 19, 1775. Patriot’s Day has become a forgotten holiday, due in part to the fact we Americans have a peculiar relationship to the term “patriot.” To question someone’s patriotism is considered an insult, while to praise their patriotism is (usually) a compliment. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 04.19.18

Why Free Trade, Not Tariffs, Actually Increases American Jobs David Weinberger, The Federalist Sheltering inefficient work—like Sam’s bread business—prevents workers like Sam from finding and developing a skill set that the economy needs. Continue Reading...

Is big government a near occasion of sin?

It happens every day: The news tells us of some new government scandal. The executive branch uses dubious powers to circumvent the constitutional strictures of oversight. The judicial branch, in turn, creates law out of whole cloth and styles its invention the “law of the land.” The legislative branch exempts itself from its most onerous legislation but forces taxpayers to fund secret payouts to the victims of its members’ indiscretions. Continue Reading...

New York City ideologues get indigestion over Chick-fil-A

America’s fastest-growing food chain has come to New York City. But as Hunter Baker notes in this week’s Acton Commentary, the “company’s success sticks in the craw of some who find it to be an alien presence due to the Christianity of the family who owns the company and their traditional values.” A recent New Yorker piece refers to the Chick-fil-A expansion as a “creepy infiltration” of the city. Continue Reading...