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Cronyism is everywhere, affecting industries, entrepreneurs and customers and distorting the market through political advantage. So what is cronyism and how does it compromise genuine capitalism? Anne Rathbone Bradley, the current academic director at The Fund for American Studies, as well as the vice president of Economic Initiatives at the Institute for Faith, Work and Economics, comes onto the show to explain how cronyism affects the market and how to combat it. Afterwards, Acton’s director of research, Samuel Gregg, joins the show to talk about his new book, “Reason, Faith, and the Struggle for Western Civilization.” Gregg lays out what he believes defines the West, how the disintegration of reason and faith has caused the West to decline and what can be done to reclaim it.

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Learn more about cronyism

Conservative pushback on free market principles can be traced to big government cronyism

Christians shouldn’t be surprised to find capitalism infected by cronyism

Read “The Road to Crony Capitalism” by Michael C. Munger and Mario Villarreal-Diaz 

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Book review: ‘Reason, faith, and the struggle for Western civilization’ by Samuel Gregg

Purchase “Reason, Faith, and the Struggle for Western Civilization”

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Caroline Roberts Caroline Roberts is a managing editor at the Acton Institute and produces Acton's weekly podcast, Acton Line.

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