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Note to Malthus: Life is Good
Rachel Lu, Crisis Magazine

Malthusian theories of scarcity have been haunting progressive thinking for decades now, and that’s not hard to understand when we consider the ethos of modern life.

History Says Trade Protectionism Has Never Worked
Jay Chittooran, Third Way

Would Trump’s isolationist policy work? If you look back, the United States has implemented protectionist policies on a number of occasions. And the results have been the same: grave economic consequences.

Key papal aide says economic focus must be people over profit
Junno Arocho Esteves, Catholic News Service

The world must heed Pope Francis’s warning of the dangers of “an economy of exclusion and inequality,” Ghanaian Cardinal Peter Turkson, recently named the first head of a new Vatican mega-department on human development, told participants at a conference studying the pope’s views on the economy.

Is Service or Competition the Defining Characteristic of Free Markets?
Anne Bradley, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

Serving one another and free-markets might not spring to your mind simultaneously. But should they? Does service or competition best characterize the free-market system?

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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).