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Secularizing Sam Adams

Jonathan Merritt reports on a decision made by the parent company that produces Samuel Adams beer, Boston Beer Company, to redact “by their Creator” from an Independence Day ad featuring the Declaration of Independence. Continue Reading...

The Shift from ‘Alleviating Poverty’ to ‘Creating Prosperity’

“We see poverty in the developing world and we ask—what can I do?” says Michael Matheson Miller, Research Fellow at the Acton Institute and the Director of Poverty Cure, “But what if the question that animates our activity is the wrong one?” What if instead of asking how we can alleviate poverty, we asked, “How do people in the developing world create prosperity for their families and their communities?” This sounds like a simple shift, but it can transform the way we think about poverty and the poorest among us because it takes the focus off ourselves and puts it where it belongs. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 07.10.13

Six Inconvenient Truths About Obamacare Ramesh Ponnuru, Bloomberg The White House’s decision last week to delay part of its health-care overhaul illustrates six truths about the law that its supporters can’t easily acknowledge. Continue Reading...

Family, Flourishing, and the Cement of Society

The economic consequences of changing family structure are beginning to emerge, and as they do, it can be tempting to focus only on the more tangible, perceivable dangers. For example: “How many new babies are needed to keep Entitlements X, Y, and Z sweet and juicy for the rest of us?” Such concerns are valid, particularly as we observe the lemming-like march of the spending class. Continue Reading...

Corruption Is Getting Worse: Transparency International

Transparency International has released its 2013 findings regarding global corruption and bribery. The implications of corruption and bribery are manifold: they decrease confidence in governments, make it difficult for the poor and disconnected to get out of poverty, and break down trust throughout society. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 07.09.13

Solving Poverty Is Rocket Science Richard Stearns, Christianity Today Christians are among America’s most compassionate people. But we can do a better job responding to the complexity of poverty. The Mosquito Bite Analogy Bryan Caplan, EconLog Free-market economists often lament the difficulty of communicating their ideas to a popular audience. Continue Reading...

Common Core: Homogenizing Schools and Our Children

Politicians and public educators seem to constantly revert back to status quo arguments of further centralization as a way to reform education failures in the U.S. The most recent push for uniformity in the public school system is the Common Core, a set of national assessment standards and tests that has been adopted by 45 states and will be implemented possibly as soon as the 2014 school year.  Continue Reading...