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The Moral Paper Route

AEI recently held a contest challenging people to make a video that could articulate a moral case for free markets in two minutes or less. The $40,000 top prize was won by Jared Fuller with this entry, “The Moral Paper Route.” At AEI’s Values & Capitalism blog, Julia Thompson talks to Fuller about the making of the video. Continue Reading...

Samuel Gregg: Paul Ryan’s Way

Acton’s Director of Research, Samuel Gregg, notes in a recent NRO article that vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan has avoided “emotivist nonsense” and presented a clear moral vision for our country. Among other things, Ryan, ever so politely but unambiguously, underlined the immense damage inflicted by sometimes well-intentioned government welfare programs upon those in need. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks – 10.26.12

Paul Ryan: How Conservatism Helps the Poor David Azerrad, The Foundry When it comes to explaining how their policies would help the poor and the disadvantaged, conservatives can all too often be likened to a football team that drives all the way to the one-yard line and then just kneels down. Continue Reading...

ResearchLinks – 10.26.12

Call for Papers: “Intellectual Property and Religious Thought” University of St. Thomas School of Law, April 5, 2013. The University of St. Thomas will hold a conference titled “Intellectual Property and Religious Thought,” on April 5, 2013, co-sponsored by the Terrence J. Continue Reading...

Is Religious Freedom a “Natural Right”?

Over at The Claremont Institute, Hadley Arkes considers whether religious freedom is a “natural right.” His exploration of the question is lengthy and complex and, as with everything Prof. Arkes writes, worthy of serious consideration. Continue Reading...

Monks, Beer, and the Labor of their Hands

Fr. Z’s Blog has a great post highlighting the Benedictine Monks at Norcia and their new brew. Here is the motto from the Birra Nursia site. Wonderful stuff, really: In complete harmony with the centuries old tradition, the monks of Norcia have sought to share with the world a product which came about in the very heart of the monastic life, one which reminds us of the goodness of creation and the potential that it contains. Continue Reading...

Bono, Babel, and the Myth of Economist as Savior

Bono, lead singer of U2 and co-founder of charity-group ONE, recently offered some positive words about the role of markets in reducing global poverty and spurring economic development (HT): The Irish singer and co-founder of ONE, a campaigning group that fights poverty and disease in Africa, said it had been “a humbling thing for me” to realize the importance of capitalism and entrepreneurialism in philanthropy, particularly as someone who “got into this as a righteous anger activist with all the cliches.” “Job creators and innovators are just the key, and aid is just a bridge,” he told an audience of 200 leading technology entrepreneurs and investors at the F.ounders tech conference in Dublin. Continue Reading...
Bono, foreign aid, capitalism

PowerLinks – 10.25.12

The Christian Calling to Citizenship Jennifer A. Marshall, The Gospel Coalition To apply a Christian worldview to questions of public policy isn’t self-interested. It’s serving our neighbor. Markets – A Call to Serve One Another? Continue Reading...

Acton Commentary: Desiccated Christianity

“When Christian institutions attempt to mitigate or compromise this understanding of their mission–often as the result of the political pressure–they morph into shadowy versions of their former selves,” writes Rev. Robert A. Continue Reading...