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PowerLinks 08.09.19

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Mandatory National Service: A Bad Idea That Won’t Die
Doug Bandow, The American Conservative

Sorry Pete Buttigieg, but government conscription is unconstitutional and poorly thought through.

Unalienable Rights and Religious Freedom
Thomas K. Johnson, Providence

The main theological claim of the Virginia Declaration is that people are required to follow reason and conscience in the realm of religion in a manner that allows equal freedom to all people, specifically excluding the use of force or violence related to religion.

School Choice Could Help a Rural Community—if Given the Chance
C.J. Szafir and Cori Petersen, Real Clear Education

While the legal issues pertain to real estate, the larger concerns are the state of rural K-12 education and the need for more school choice.

History Hints at How Trump’s Tariffs Will Hurt Americans
Conor Sen, Bloomberg Opinion

The latest round would take $30 billion from households. Think back to some surges in gasoline prices for a sense of how that feels.

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).