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PowerLinks 08.29.17

Powerbull: The Lottery Loves Poverty Arthur C. Brooks, Wall Street Journal It’s bizarre: States push lotto tickets on the poor, earn $70 billion, and then put the buyers on welfare. The Marvel of Markets: God’s Medium for Us to Serve Each Other Anne Bradley, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics Understanding economic principles is important for developing a holistic definition of stewardship, a concept IFWE always seeks to place in the correct biblical framework. Continue Reading...
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PowerLinks 08.28.17

How Colleges Are Strangling Liberalism Mark Lilla, The Chronicle of Higher Education An obsession with identity has made students less likely to engage with a world beyond themselves. Paul Ryan’s Conservatism Can Help the Poor Alexandra Desanctis, National Review Faithful Catholics can support free enterprise and economic growth, both of which lift people out of poverty. Continue Reading...
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PowerLinks 08.25.17

Globalism Nationalism Localism Don Boudreaux , Cafe Hayek “Progressives” romanticize the local economy and fancy themselves to be cutting-edge and enlightened for advocating “buying local.” So I’ve some questions for such “Progressives”: Do you think that Trump’s economic nationalism is too cosmopolitan? Continue Reading...
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A British perspective on the Alt-Right and antifa Left

The violent reaction to President Trump’s Phoenix rally and the ongoing fallout over Charlottesville show the issue of the Alt-Right, and its Antifa antagonists, is going nowhere. Americans struggle to understand what kind of “conservatism” the Alt-Right represents, as well as the nature of the protesters. Continue Reading...

Explainer: What you should know about the debt ceiling

What just happened? In two tweets posted earlier today, President Trump attacked Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan for not tying an increase in the debt limit to a recent Veterans Affairs bill that passed Congress with overwhelming bipartisan support. Continue Reading...

When online conformity mobs imitate government coercion

The social-media outrage machine is rather predictable these days. It doesn’t take much for companies and celebrities to offend the cultural consensus, spurring online mobs to respond, in turn: not through peaceful discourse or by turning their attention elsewhere, but by fomenting rage, abuse, and assault on the subject(s) in question. Continue Reading...