Acton Institute Powerblog

PowerLinks 04.12.17

How Pope Francis is leading the Catholic Church against anti-migrant populism
Anthony Faiola and Sarah Pulliam Bailey, Washington Post

As politicians around the world including President Trump take an increasingly hard line on immigration, a powerful force is rallying to the side of migrants: the Roman Catholic Church led by Pope Francis.

What Is a Populist?
Uri Friedman, The Atlantic

Populists are dividers, not uniters, Mudde told me. They split society into “two homogenous and antagonistic groups: the pure people on the one end and the corrupt elite on the other,” and say they’re guided by the “will of the people.”

How Free Trade and Economic Freedom Help the Poor
Michael Marn and Bryan Riley, The Daily Signal

The Pew Research Center has shown that while global trade increased nearly 10 percent between 2001 and 2011, the number of people in poverty decreased by 14 percent.

How not to argue for school choice
Frederick M. Hess, AEI

I think school choice is a helpful thing. While I don’t think it, in and of itself, will yield great teaching and learning, I do think it can play a very positive role in promoting coherent school cultures, empowering parents and educators, and fostering a healthy array of educational options.

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).