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Rethinking the History of Religious Freedom
Robert Louis Wilken, First Things

Christian thinkers provided the intellectual framework that made possible the rise of religious freedom.

Trump’s tariffs might amount to the biggest U.S. tax hike since the 1980s
Peter Weber, The Week

A MarketWatch analysis found 25 percent tariffs on Mexican and Chinese imports will erase any tax savings Americans got from the 2017 Republican tax cut.

Adam Smith and the trouble with peer-to-peer lending
Tim Worstall, CapX

The market is the only way to know find out how useful new technology really is.

Despite what you’ve heard, 40% of Americans are not $400 away from financial ruin
Allison Schrager, Quartz

It is not good that 21% of Americans would have to incur a high interest loan, from credit cards or payday loans, if they faced an emergency. But it’s also a long way from 40% of the population on the verge of financial ruin.

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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).