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PowerLinks 02.27.14

In San Jose, generous pensions for city workers come at expense of nearly all else Michael A. Fletcher, Washington Post In San Jose and across the nation, state and local officials are increasingly confronting a vision of startling injustice: Poor and middle-class taxpayers — who often have no retirement savings — are paying higher taxes so public employees can retire in relative comfort. Continue Reading...

North Korea: ‘Time Has Come to a Standstill’

North Korea has lately been featured in dozens of news articles about a recent United Nations report on human rights abuses and now thanks to a new photo from NASA. The photo above was just released — taken from the International Space Station. Continue Reading...

How Property Rights Protect Widows and Orphans in Uganda

“In this part of the country, land is life,” says a young Ugandan woman. “Good dreams are about your land.” But widows and orphans are often denied access to their own land because of “property grabbing.” As Jesse Rudy, the International Justice Mission Director in Uganda explains, property grabbing occurs when a man dies in Uganda and his relatives force the widow and her children off of their land, claiming it as ancestral “family land” disowning the widow from the man’s family. Continue Reading...

Christianity and the ‘Triumph of Modernity’

Samuel Gregg recently reviewed Rodney Stark’s new book, How the West Won: The Neglected Story of the Triumph of Modernity. Gregg begins by pointing out that discussion of Medieval Europe “is invariably understood as a period of unmitigated darkness–so much so that words like “feudal” are used today, even by many well-informed Catholics, as synonyms for backwardness.” How the West Won seeks to analyze as well as dispel common misunderstandings and myths about how the West developed. Continue Reading...

The Crazy Alternative Lifestyle of Marriage and Children

I have five kids. I thought I was sane, but apparently, I’m living a crazy alternative lifestyle. Freestyle halfpipe skier David Wise won gold at Sochi. NBC, rather than being impressed with his world-class athleticism, focused on his “alternative lifestyle.” You see, Wise is married to Alexandra, and they have a young son. Continue Reading...

Samuel Gregg on ‘Pope Francis’s Money Man’

Over at Real Clear Religion, Acton’s director of research, Samuel Gregg discusses Pope Francis’s recent appointment of Cardinal George Pell to “Secretariat of the Economy.” The secretariat has authority over the economic activities of the Vatican City State and the Holy See. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 02.26.14

Ukraine Names Baptist Pastor as Acting President Timothy C. Morgan, Christianity Today After 88 die in protests, Ukrainian evangelicals call nation “to learn to love yesterday’s enemies.” Some inconvenient facts for income inequality worriers James Pethokoukis, AEI Ideas The reform conservative movement seeks to strengthen the middle class, reform the safety net, and increase the rewards for low-income work. Continue Reading...