PowerLinks 12.18.15
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PowerLinks 12.18.15

What “Social Justice” Really Means
Rev. James V. Schall, S.J., Crisis Magazine

“Social justice” was purportedly a new addition to the classical legal, distributive, and commutative justice ideas found in Aristotle. It was rather connected with the Leviathan state.

Government Should Make Economic Freedom Its New Year’s Resolution
Veronique de Rugy, Reason.com

It’s Christmas time again, and with it come the dreams of better times. Families struggling with the consequences of the most recent recession will be happy to know that there is a simple way to improve their lives and keep or make more money in the process. It’s called economic freedom, and the United States used to be very good at maintaining it.

Anti-Christian persecution isn’t all about Islam
John L. Allen Jr., Crux

Three points can never be repeated often enough to put the understanding of anti-Christian persecution in the early 21st century in its proper context.

Why You’d Be Wrong in Thinking the Fed Just Raised Interest Rates
Norbert Michel, The Daily Signal

For the first time in seven years, the Federal Reserve has raised its target for the federal funds rate. Some news reports get this story right, but most repeat the standard line that the Fed has raised interest rates. This is wrong. The Fed does not set interest rates, and it’s more than just semantics.

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).