Why Catholic Social Teaching falls on deaf ears

“While popes and bishops preach about the duties to the poor and suffering,” says Kishore Jayabalan in this week’s Acton Commentary, “the dilemma of how to help is usually left for the laity to figure out on their own” While CST explicitly speaks of welcoming all, it implicitly recognizes that unlimited multiculturalism is not feasible. Continue Reading...

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PowerLinks 01.10.18

Low-Income Communities Are Struggling to Support Churches Patton Dodd, The Atlantic The institutions need money to serve people. But in many cases, they get that money from those they serve. Republicans should score a big win for employee rights Washington Examiner Republicans have introduced the Employee Rights Act in recent Congresses, a bill that would do just that. Continue Reading...
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The tragedy of the commons

Note: This is post #63 in a weekly video series on basic microeconomics. Common resources are nonexcludable but rival, says Alex Tabarrok in this video by Marginal Revolution University. For instance, no one can be excluded from fishing for tuna, but they are rival — for every tuna caught, there is one less for everyone else. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 01.09.18

Research Finds Corporate Do-Gooder Initiatives Reduce Charity, Increase Negative PR Lyman Stone, The Federalist When companies signal that the ‘bottom line’ is not their bottom line, workers respond accordingly, by cheating the company, reducing output, and cutting their giving. Continue Reading...
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How Green economics left the West out in the cold

As they shiver through the season, this frosty winter reminds Americans and Europeans how much they have in common. However, more and more Europeans find themselves out in the cold thanks to environmentalist policies that have caused too many to be unable to afford adequate home heating this winter. Continue Reading...

Woodrow Wilson’s radical vision for free trade

One hundred years ago today—on January 8, 1918—President Woodrow Wilson gave an address before Congress in which he outlined his goals for ending World War I. American forces had entered the war almost nine months earlier and Wilson wanted to let the world know exactly what he believed the Allies were fighting for. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 01.08.18

Black unemployment falls to lowest level on record Heather Long, Washington Post Black unemployment fell to 6.8 percent in December, the lowest ever recorded by the U.S. Labor Department since it began tracking the black unemployment rate in 1972. Continue Reading...
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