PowerLinks 10.22.15
Acton Institute Powerblog

PowerLinks 10.22.15

Americans are more afraid of corrupt government officials than terrorist attacks or economic collapse
Bonnie Kristian, The Week

A poll conducted by Chapman University found that Americans’ greatest fear — above terrorist attacks, economic collapse, biological warfare, and more — is corrupt government officials.

Fair Trade Isn’t A Long-term Solution To Poverty
Kent Wong, Gauntlet

Fair trade, the social initiative that’s slapped on your coffee, tea and hot chocolate, is waging a bitter fight behind the scenes of your local coffee shop.

Concerns Over Religious Freedom Have Increased in Last Three Years

A new study from Barna Group reveals the tension many Americans are feeling on the topic of religious freedom. Overall, the research reveals a significant rise in Americans’ belief that religious freedom is worse today than 10 years ago (up from 33% in 2012 to 41% today).

Strong families, prosperous states: Do healthy families affect the wealth of states?
W. Bradford Wilcox, Robert I. Lerman, and Joseph Price, AEI

Economics has its roots in the Greek word oikonomia, which means the “management of the household.” Yet economists across the ideological spectrum have paid little attention to the links between household family structure and the macroeconomic outcomes of nations, states, and societies.

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).