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Challenging the Government Monopoly on Social Welfare

During the government shutdown billionaire philanthropists Laura and John Arnold gave $10 million to the National Head Start Association to keep the program for low-income children running. Mr. Arnold made it clear, however, that he did not believe this was a permanent solution, as “private dollars cannot in the long term replace government commitments.” But some people thought Arnold’s generosity itself undermined the government’s power. Continue Reading...

Ever Heard of a Tea Party Catholic?

At Public Discourse, Nathan Shlueter takes an unusual approach in his review of Acton’s Director of Research Sam Gregg’s Tea Party Catholic — it’s a memo to the faculty of Georgetown University as written by Sen. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 11.04.13

Stop Calling Marriage a ‘Luxury Good’ Derek Thompson, The Atlantic If you want to talk about economic inequality in matrimony, don’t just look at the weddings. Look at the divorces. Business: A Sequel to the Parable of the Good Samaritan Matt Perman, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics When we think of the parable of the Good Samaritan, we tend to think of the importance of charity and giving to those in need. Continue Reading...

‘Dark Money’ – A Shaggy Dog Story

“Dark money” sounds menacing and foreboding – a financial nomenclature suggestive of gothic masterpieces like “The Raven” and “The Black Cat.” Whereas Poe’s tales actually contain sinister elements, the phrase dark money is employed by activist shareholders much like the villains of countless “Scooby Doo” cartoons devised illusory ghosts, werewolves and vampires. Continue Reading...

Christians Need to Get Their Hands Dirty

To avoid the “twin errors of materialism and spiritualism” Christians need to mix it up with the “dirtiness” of this world, Jordan Ballor argues in Get Your Hands Dirty: Essays on Christian Social Thought (And Action). Continue Reading...

Federal Court Says Obamacare Mandate ‘Trammels’ Religious Freedom

The delivery trucks of Ohio-based Freshway Foods bear signs stating, “It’s not a choice, it’s a child,” as a way to publicly promote the owners’ pro-life views to the public. It wasn’t too surprising, then, that the company and it’s owners, Francis and Philip Gilardi, would be opposed to the Obamacare’s requirement that the health coverage for their nearly 400 full-time workers include abortifacients. Continue Reading...