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PowerLinks 04.04.18

Domestic Challenges to Religious Liberty—From Left and Right Daniel Mark, Public Discourse Religious freedom in America is caught between opponents on the left and the right. Why was Martin Luther King Jr. Continue Reading...

Gresham’s Law and social media for sale

In his latest column for Forbes, Alejandro Chafuen, the managing director of Acton’s international activities, has a ranking of free-market think tanks measured by social media impact, and discusses Gresham’s Law as it relates to social media: The current discussions about the manipulation of social media for political purposes and the commercial interests of social-media giants has raised important questions about its impact and deserves much further analysis. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 04.03.18

How Billy Graham Killed Communism with Kindness David Aikman, Christianity Today Graham preached behind the Iron Curtain, driving his critics crazy. ‘This Is Making a Lot of Christians in China Very Nervous’ Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian, The Atlantic The case of a bishop detained by the Chinese government—and what it says about a looming deal between Beijing and the Vatican. Continue Reading...

Adam Smith on the causes—and cures—of crony capitalism

“For Adam Smith, crony capitalism fails on two grounds,” says Lauren Brubaker. “It is unjust, favoring a few at the expense of the many, and it is destructive of the desired end of political economy—economic growth.” Brubaker says Smith’s writings can help us properly frame the problems of crony capitalism, understand the causes, and formulate solutions for preventing or mitigating the corruption of free markets: For Smith, the tendencies to cronyism, which are anchored in human nature, can be tempered by: (1) limiting government to a few essential powers (defense, administration of impartial justice, and certain limited public works and institutions); and (2) educating the public concerning the “folly” of attempts to direct the economy by legislators. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 04.02.18

How to Think about Patriotism Wilfred M. McClay, National Affairs ecent developments in our politics have inspired a re-evaluation of patriotism and a fresh consideration of its worth. The unspoken cause of Labour’s anti-Semitism problem Theo Hobson, The Spectator There is another cause of Labour’s anti-Semitism. Continue Reading...

It’s Friday—but Sunday’s comin’

Good Friday commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus and his death at Calvary, the most significantly tragic event in human history. But as pastor S.M. Lockridge (1913-2000) reminds us in this brief Easter meditation, the darkness of this historical Friday pales in comparison to the light that comes on Sunday morning. Continue Reading...