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Brexit and demophobia

Last night, the UK Parliament rejected Prime Minister Theresa May’s proposal towards an agreed exit from the European Union that would keep North Ireland part of the EU. And here we go again. Continue Reading...

Homeschooling a parent’s choice, not the state’s

Decades ago, when I was first ordained a priest, I shared a prejudice that many people hold: I thought homeschooling families were odd. I believed schooling children at home deprived such children of opportunities to be with other children causing them to be less able to communicate with others, socially awkward and reclusive and narrow in their experience and understanding of the world that they would one day have to grow up in and navigate. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 01.16.19

California has a new plan to give a monthly check to low-income residents Eillie Anzilotti, Fast Company In his proposed budget for the state, California’s new governor plans to dramatically increase funding for the state’s tax credit program for low-income workers, and change up the way it’s delivered so people can get support year-round. Continue Reading...

The irony of Patagonia’s tax cut ‘protest’

In response to the recent Republican-led tax reform—which reduced corporate taxes from 35% to 21%—many companies have responded by handing out surprise bonuses, increased 401(k) matches, and various wage bumps. For a company like Patagonia, however, the tax cuts have been labeled “irresponsible,” a symbol of the federal government’s reckless apathy. Continue Reading...

Understanding the quantity theory of money

Note: This is post #106 in a weekly video series on basic economics. The quantity theory of money states that there is a direct relationship between the quantity of money in an economy and the level of prices of goods and services sold. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 01.15.19

In China, they’re closing churches, jailing pastors – and even rewriting scripture Lily Kuo, The Guardian China’s Communist party is intensifying religious persecution as Christianity’s popularity grows. A new state translation of the Bible will establish a ‘correct understanding’ of the text. Continue Reading...