Acton Institute Powerblog

PowerLinks 02.11.17

Christian charged with blasphemy, 106 Muslims acquitted
Morning Star

A 70-year-old Christian in Pakistan was jailed on blasphemy charges on the same day 106 Muslims accused in a 2013 attack on a Christian colony were acquitted.

What Happened When the U.S. Got Rid of Guest Workers? Farms Used Less Labor
Jeffrey Sparshott, Wall Street Journal

A study finds scant benefit for the native-born after a program for seasonal workers from Mexico was terminated.

Remind me what was so great about trade?
Tim Hartford, The Undercover Economist

Economists disagree about most things, but for a couple of centuries they’ve agreed about the merits of free trade, basically for the reasons outlined above. But some readers may be faintly aware of cracks in that consensus — haven’t economists realised that free trade is sometimes bad?

How Governments Destroy Consumer Sovereignty
Per Bylund, Mises Wire

It is easy to fall into the trap of the “cost-plus” method. That is, to consider prices for consumer goods to be a function of the costs of production. Unfortunately, the cost-plus method of pricing is commonly taught to MBA students worldwide, thereby cementing a bureaucratic view of business and the economy.

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).