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PowerLinks 08.23.19

Why the Physical Earth Matters to God Ian K. Smith, Crossway In our prayers at church, how often do we give thanks for those who labor in the mundane jobs that keep society going? Continue Reading...

Is wealth immoral? A Jewish view

At a public event earlier this year, when Ta-Nahisi Coates asked Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez if any “moral world” ever “allows for billionaires,” she replied simply, No.” Earlier this month, Adam Roberts asked at Vox, “Is wealth immoral?” while, some time earlier, journalist A.Q. Continue Reading...

Wisconsin Democrats want to hear your confession

In Wisconsin, Democratic state legislators are proposing the Clergy Mandatory Reporter Act (CMRA), which would require “that members of the clergy report any instances of child abuse, including sexual abuse, ending the loophole of unjust cover-ups and misreporting currently occurring in our state.” “As an Orthodox priest,” says Rev. Continue Reading...

The most dangerous countries to be a Christian

Today is the first observance of the “International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief.” The observance, as Alliance Defending Freedom notes, is considered by human rights experts to be an important step towards the prevention of religious persecution in the future. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 08.22.19

The Problem of Immoral Choices in the Marketplace Murray N. Rothbard, Mises Wire Mises states, quite rightly, that anyone who advocates governmental dictation over one area of individual consumption must logically come to advocate complete totalitarian dictation over all choices. Continue Reading...

Acton Line podcast: What is cronyism? Samuel Gregg on reason and faith in Western civilization

Cronyism is everywhere, affecting industries, entrepreneurs and customers and distorting the market through political advantage. So what is cronyism and how does it compromise genuine capitalism? Anne Rathbone Bradley, the current academic director at The Fund for American Studies, as well as the vice president of Economic Initiatives at the Institute for Faith, Work and Economics, comes onto the show to explain how cronyism affects the market and how to combat it. Continue Reading...