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PowerLinks 03.07.17

Free Trade, Protectionism, & the Limits of Economic Analysis Alexander Salter, The Imaginative Conservative Economics deals with statements of “is,” not of “ought.” It can tell you the consequences of particular public policies, but it cannot itself demonstrate the rightness or wrongness of such policies. Continue Reading...

Samuel Gregg on the unexpected lessons of ‘Populorum Progressio’

In a recent article for Crisis Magazine, Samuel Gregg, Acton’s director of research, reflects on Pope Paul VI’s social encyclical Populorum Progressio. He criticizes it for faulty “time-bound” economic ideas and international approach to charity efforts, but praises the work it for its openness to variety in how to address social and economic problems as well as its affirmation of the differing roles of clergy and the laity. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 03.06.17

Globalization Is Good for the World Greg Forster, TGC There is no book on the market today—in either sense of that phrase—that will more richly reward your critical attention. Protectionism and a Universal Basic Income Won’t Solve Our Economic Problems Dylan Pahman, Public Discourse For both economic and spiritual reasons, a basic income guarantee isn’t the solution to widespread unemployment due to new technology. Continue Reading...

The morality of Brexit

(Photo credit: Bankenverband. Public domain.) As a setback in the House of Lords leaves the UK debating how best to accomplish its departure from the European Union, perhaps the most neglected question is the moral one. Continue Reading...

Chinese Communists intensify religious persecution, according to new report

A disturbing new report from Freedom House shows how widespread religious persecution is in China. Titled “The Battle for China’s Spirit,” this report looks at “religious revival, repression, and resistance under [General Secretary of the Communist Party of China] XI Jinping.” The report reveals that “under Xi Jinping’s leadership, religious persecution in China has increased overall.” Despite this intensification of persecution, the Chinese religious have remained resilient. Continue Reading...