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PowerLinks 05.23.18

The Christian America Paradox Dan Mclaughlin, National Review Few things have contributed more to U.S. culture than Christianity, yet a free society means that the government can do little to maintain that heritage. Continue Reading...

The beauty of trade: How sharing creates civilization and culture

In our complex and globalized economy, it can be hard to remember that trade and markets are fundamentally about relationships—channels for human interaction in pursuit of goods and services. That basic reality may be easier to see and feel at the local farmer’s market or the neighborhood diner, but it nonetheless translates across more intricate and extensive networks of exchange. Continue Reading...

The puzzle of economic growth

Note: This is post #79 in a weekly video series on basic economics. Why are some countries rich and others poor? There are various factors that interact in a dynamic and changing environment. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 05.22.18

Growing Up in a Progressive Utopia Konstantin Kisin, Quillette I grew up in one of the most progressive societies in the history of humanity. Finding Meaning in Modern America Clay Routledge, Institute for Family Studies Married individuals rated their partner, family, spirituality, and religion as more important to meaning than single individuals. Continue Reading...

Can human rights be repealed by majority vote?

This Friday, May 25, Irish voters will decide in a national referendum whether to repeal Article 8 of the Constitution, which “acknowledges” the rights of all living human beings in Ireland, including unborn children, and encourages lawmakers to enact “laws to defend and vindicate that right.” The new language would allow the right to abortion (or, in the proposed wording, “termination of pregnancies”). Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 05.19.18

Monday Capitalism was born in Iraq and Syria, not invented by Adam Smith Nima Sanandaji, CapX Adam Smith was not the first thinker to explain the role of labour and specialisation. Continue Reading...

Income inequality doesn’t affect living standards

When historians and economists look back at our era (starting around the time of the “Great Recession” in 2007) they’ll be hard-pressed to understand why so much of the policy debates centered around an issue of relatively minor importance that has existed since the beginning of humanity: income equality. Continue Reading...