Acton Institute Powerblog

PowerLinks 10.15.18

A global tipping point: Half the world is now middle class or wealthier
Homi Kharas and Kristofer Hamel, Brookings Institute

By our calculations, as of this month, just over 50 percent of the world’s population, or some 3.8 billion people, live in households with enough discretionary expenditure to be considered “middle class” or “rich.”

Should we be working less?
Matthew Davis, Big Think

Across the world, companies are experimenting with shorter workweeks — is it working?

The Character Gap: Understanding Our Moral Mediocrity
Nathan Pinkoski, Public Discourse

Christian Miller’s scientific approach to understanding moral character is impressive, and it allows him to reach a public that is inclined only to trust the empirical. Yet this method severely restricts the conclusions Miller feels justified to make.

Yes, Inequality Is a Problem — When Caused by the Government
Ryan McMaken, Mises Wire

In a world of “third-way” regimes, government intervention is a cause of inequality at least as much as is the market.

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).