The Tragedy of Detroit: From Bottom-Up to Bigger-Is-Better

“Detroit developed best when it was bottom-up,” says Harry Veryser, economist and professor at University of Detroit Mercy. “When small communities, small parishes, small schools were formed… that’s when Detroit prospered.” In a recent discussion on what makes cities flourish, Chris Horst and I argued that cities need a unique blend of local community action, good governance, and strong business to thrive. Continue Reading...

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Immigration and the Soul of America

In a new book, Roman Catholic Archbishop José H. Gomez proclaims that immigration is always about more than immigration. It’s about families, national identity, poverty, economics and the common good. Elise Hilton reviews the book in this week’s Acton Commentary. Continue Reading...

Four Reasons Christians Should Oppose Casinos

Caesar’s Palace didn’t have slot machines in the age of the apostles, so it’s not surprising that there is no explicit, direct, biblical prohibition of casino gambling. How then should Christians in America think about the growing trend of regional casinos? Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 10.09.13

A Catholic Response to the Demise of Rational Public Discourse James Kalb, Crisis Magazine To follow the news today is to get the impression that public life, in the sense of rational discussion oriented toward some reasonable understanding of the common good, has come to an end. Continue Reading...

Audio: Lawrence Reed at Acton On Tap

Acton on Tap: Lawrence Reed at Speak EZ Lounge – 10.8.13 The Fall 2013 Acton On Tap series kicked off at Speak EZ Lounge in downtown Grand Rapids, Mich., this evening with Lawrence Reed, president of the Foundation for Economic Education, who addressed gathered attendees on the lessons our society can learn from the history of Rome. Continue Reading...
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God Is a Free Enterpriser

From Gerard Berghoef and Lester DeKoster’s Faithful in All God’s House: Stewardship and the Christian Life: The Lord God is a free enterpriser. This is one reason why Karl Marx, who was not a free enterpriser, rejected God. Continue Reading...