Acton Institute Powerblog

PowerLinks 10.03.18

The Poverty of Protectionism
Pierre Lemieux, EconLib

A free trader is tempted to support such agreements for the good they do, not for their bad justifications. But this imbroglio risks entrenching the idea that free trade is a privilege of domestic producers instead of the liberty of both domestic consumers and producers (or their intermediaries) to individually make the best deals they can find.

The Trouble with ‘Free’: Why Treating the Poor as Customers Works Better than Charity
Philip Wilson, Next Billion

The combination of a transactional approach that sees the poor as real customers, combined with attractive low-cost filters with a great value proposition seems to be a winning strategy

Trump’s trade policies could bring recession by 2020, economists predict
Summer Meza, The Week

The economic growth party’s gotta end at some point. Two-thirds of business economists say that point will arrive by 2020, Bloomberg reported Monday, when they expect a recession to begin as a result of current U.S. trade policies.

No Refuge: Persecuted Christians Entering US Dwindle to a Record Low
Griffin Paul Jackson, Christianity Today

The country took in 100 times fewer Middle Eastern refugees than just two years ago.

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).