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How State Religion Made the Czechs the Least Religious People in Europe
Ben Johnson, FEE

The cautionary tale of recent history is: The Church that lives by the State shall die by the State.

Social democracy isn’t socialism
Scott Sumner, EconLib

While I have no doubt that a socialist administration in America would be less inept than the Chavez/Maduro version in Venezuela, let’s not forget than many on the left were praising Chavez’s policies during the period when soaring oil prices propped up his socialist regime.

This Economic Principle Is The Secret To My Family’s Morning Routine
Jenny Anderson, Quartz

Jessica Lahey, a middle-school teacher and author, writes in The Gift of Failure that we sometimes seem to be more worried about raising happy children than competent or autonomous ones.

How Religion Defends Freedom
Gianna Englert, Law and Liberty

Many of our current political discussions have become reflections on liberal democracy—what it is, what it ought to be, even whether it has failed us. Our questions are complex, but too often our characterizations of liberalism are not.

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).