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Benefits of the American Revolution: An Exploration of Positive Externalities
Jeffrey Rogers Hummel, Library of Economics and Liberty

The American Revolution, despite all its obvious costs and excesses, brought about enormous net benefits not just for citizens of the newly independent United States but also, over the long run, for people across the globe.

A minimum-wage worker in Venezuela could afford 5 cups of coffee each month — and nothing else
Kathryn Krawczyk, The Week

Five million Venezuelan bolivars is the equivalent of $1.45. It’s also roughly a minimum-wage worker’s entire monthly salary in the South American country.

Masterpiece Cakeshop and the importance of religious liberty
Erik Stanley, ERLC

The Supreme Court’s ruling is a resounding victory for religious liberty. For the last few years, many have been saying that religion is just used as a rhetorical tool to justify discrimination.

Trump’s Tariffs Are Pushing American Companies to Leave
Tori Whiting and Corianna Baier, The Daily Signal

When tariffs are imposed, companies affected, like Harley-Davidson, need to balance these extra costs to stay in business.

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Joe Carter Joe Carter is a Senior Editor at the Acton Institute. Joe also serves as an editor at the The Gospel Coalition, a communications specialist for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, and as an adjunct professor of journalism at Patrick Henry College. He is the editor of the NIV Lifehacks Bible and co-author of How to Argue like Jesus: Learning Persuasion from History's Greatest Communicator (Crossway).