Acton Institute Powerblog

PowerLinks 12.13.17

Notes from Reality About Economic Regulation: What’s Wrong with First Things’ Anxious Anti-Capitalism
Robert T. Miller, Public Discourse

R.R. Reno’s manifesto on capitalism—in which he concludes, among other things, that expanding economic freedom leads to transgenderism—is based on empirically false claims.

Less Regulation Means Less Opportunity for Government Corruption
Ira Stoll, Reason.com

Smaller government has the possibility to be more honest government.

How Licensing Laws Protect Special Interests at the Expense of Everyone Else
Timothy Kilcullen, The Daily Signal

New data compiled by the Institute for Justice shows just how far states have overreached in regulating professions.

Why inequality can make us all richer
Tim Worstall, CapX

The rise in inequality immediately following the discovery of booze (there’s a significant line of thought that it was gaining the barley to make beer, not bread, that first drove agriculture) was the result of some using the available resources more productively than others. And, as we might put in the modern world, the more productive get richer.

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).