Report: Catholic Bishops Warn of Refugee Crisis in Syria

On the National Catholic Register, Joan Frawley Desmond has a round up on the deepening crisis in Syria. She writes that Pope Benedict XVI, on his recent visit to Lebanon, “urged rival political, ethnic and religious groups to overcome their differences and find common ground for the sake of peace.” The Vatican soon announced that it would send a papal delegation to Syria, and Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, president of the U.S. Continue Reading...

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PowerLinks – 11.02.12

Is Marriage the Key to Prosperity? Ericka Andersen, The Foundry What’s the number one antidote to child poverty in America? Marriage. Arthur Brooks and Steve Forbes on the Morality of Free Markets Values & Capitalism In this video, John Stossel talks with Steve Forbes and Arthur Brooks about the moral case for free enterprise. Continue Reading...

ResearchLinks – 11.02.12

Encyclopedia Entry: “Arts” Tyler Cowen. The Concise Encyclopedia of Economics. 2d ed. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 2007. General economic principles govern the arts. Most important, artists use scarce means to achieve ends—and therefore recognize trade-offs, the defining aspects of economic behavior. Continue Reading...

The Mormon Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism

In The New Republic, historian Jackson Lears explores the transition from 19th-century communitarianism to 20-century capitalist boosterism in Mormon culture: The assumption behind much of the “Mormon moment” chatter is that Mormons are especially suited for success in the brave new world of unregulated capital: tanned, rested, and ready. Continue Reading...