PowerLinks 07.22.15
Acton Institute Powerblog

PowerLinks 07.22.15

After Obergefell: The Effects on Law, Culture, and Religion
Sherif Girgis, Crisis Magazine

In Obergefell v. Hodges, the Supreme Court didn’t just confect a new right to same-sex civil marriage. In some ways, it inaugurated a new phase in American law, culture, and religion.

What Many Americans Get Wrong About States’ Rights
Jared Meyer and Randal Meyer, The Federalist

When it came to slavery, the Union, not the Confederacy, was the true guardian of states’ rights in the antebellum era.

It’s Time We Learned from Sin Taxes’ Impressive History of Failure
J.D. Tuccille, Reason.com

The Tax Foundation helpfully reveals that excise taxes range across the country from zilch in Wyoming to $35 per gallon of liquor in Washington. That range of rates is an open invitation to fill the backs of trucks and haul loads of booze across borders, which is exactly what happens.

Entrepreneurs Are Better Than Government, Even When Building Infrastructure
James M. Roberts, The Daily Signal

American entrepreneurs built the greatest and freest country the world has ever seen. Unfortunately, the conditions that allowed the entrepreneurial spirit to flourish have deteriorated in recent years, according to the annual Wall Street Journal/Heritage Foundation Index of Economic Freedom. The main culprits? Too much government spending, too many taxes and a growing sense that the rule of law in our country is unraveling.

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).