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PowerLinks 06.23.14

Pope excommunicates Italian mobsters Delia Gallagher, CNN Using his strongest language to date, Pope Francis told Italian Mafia members Saturday that they are excommunicated from the Catholic Church. How Religious Liberty Can Unite Conservatives and Libertarians Josh Shepherd, The Daily Signal In a provocative edition of “Stossel,” themed as “Libertarians vs. Continue Reading...

Why Isn’t the Victim Compensation System Compensating Victims?

Restorative justice is a theory of justice that emphasizes concepts such as reconciliation, forgiveness, and healing. There are, as Jordan Ballor has explained, a plurality of restorative justice movements. Yet one theme that is found in almost all forms is victim restitution, such as compensation funds for those who have been victims of crimes. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 06.20.14

Kerry Asks Sudan to ‘Respect’ Condemned Mom’s Religious Freedom Melissa Quinn, The Daily Signal A day after Christian groups rallied outside the White House seeking presidential action on behalf of a mother condemned to hang in Sudan because of her Christian faith, Secretary of State John Kerry posted a statement of “concern” about her persecution. Continue Reading...

7 Figures: American Time Use Survey

Every year the Bureau of Labor Statistics releases the American Time Use Survey (ATUS), which measures the amount of time people spend doing various activities, such as paid work, childcare, volunteering, and socializing. Continue Reading...

Fr. Raymond de Souza on the Unity of Liberties

Writing for Canada’s National Post, Acton University lecturer Fr. Raymond de Souza calls our attention to the 25th anniversary this year of the defeat of communism and observes that “there are new questions about the unity of liberties.” In the 1980s, he writes, “when in the Gdansk shipyard the workers began to rattle the cage of communism, they demanded economic liberties (free trade unions), personal liberties (speech, the press), political liberties (democracy), legal liberties (against the police state) and religious liberty (the strikers insisted upon public worship in the shipyard itself).” In continuity with older revolutions and even older political philosophy, he adds, “the liberties demanded were thought to be all of a piece. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 06.19.14

Americans Think School Is for Socializing Georgi Boorman, The Federalist The culturally dominant idea that the social experience in public school is a critical part of a proper upbringing keeps power centralized in the state and the door to tyranny propped open. Continue Reading...

5 Facts About Acton University

This is the week for the annual Acton University, a unique educational experience focused on the intersection of liberty and morality. Here are five facts you should know about Acton U. Continue Reading...