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What Exactly is Vatican City?

While the Acton Institute has a network of international affiliations around the globe (in places like Brazil, Austria, and Zambia), we only have two offices: our primary headquarters in Grand Rapids, Michigan and Istituto Acton, our office located in Rome, Italy. Continue Reading...

I’m Not Buying Bitcoin

We’ve had some intriguing discussion about Bitcoin at the Acton Institute offices today. It is certainly a phenomenon worth greater attention, and something of significant cultural, social and economic import. But I’m not buying Bitcoin, at least not yet. Continue Reading...

The FAQs: President Obama’s Budget

What is the President’s budget? Technically, it’s only a budget request—a proposal telling Congress how much money the President believes should be spent on the various Cabinet-level federal functions, like agriculture, defense, education, etc. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks – 04.11.13

Is Self-Sacrifice Ultimately Selfish? Hugh Whelchel and Elise Amyx, The Gospel Coalition If joy is a fruit of the spirit, why would God want us to feel bad for doing something good? Continue Reading...

Study: Religious Schools Perform Better Than Public Schools

According to a new study, private religious schools perform better than both public schools and public charter schools. William Jeynes, professor of education at California State University at Long Beach and senior fellow at the Witherspoon Institute at Princeton, told the Christian Post that he found religious, mostly Christian, school students were a full year ahead of students who attend public and charter schools. Continue Reading...

Virtuous Leadership vs. Narcissistic Leadership

David Innes at World Magazine wrote a fascinating post about the nature of virtuous leaders. In discussions of what is necessary for employees to flourish at work, it is important to remember that the character of those in decision-making positions is vital for organizational productivity. Continue Reading...

Crime and the Nanny State

“Crime has been in decline,” says Acton Research Fellow Jonathan Witt, in an article for The American Spectator, “but current government policies are bound to reverse this trend.” Against the backdrop of sluggish growth and high unemployment, one bright spot has been declining crime rates, with levels in the United States now about half what they were 20 years ago. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks – 04.10.13

Margaret Thatcher, the Methodist Mark Tooley, Juicy Ecumenism Margaret Thatcher was forever the thrifty Methodist grocer’s daughter of Grantham. The Sound of Tyranny for German Home School Family Robert Knight, Townhall A courageous German Christian couple refused to hand over their children to the government schools and fled to America three years ago. Continue Reading...