Rev. Ben Johnson

Rev. Ben Johnson is Senior Editor at the Acton Institute.

Posts by Rev. Ben Johnson

Political idolatry: A Lutheran view

Is faith in politics “another Gospel”? A distinguished Lutheran scholar has weighed in on the matter, clearly delineating a Christian’s duty as a citizen from his duty to the Christ and his fellow body of believers. Continue Reading...

9/11: An anti-capitalist jihad

“As you liberated yourselves before from the slavery of monks, kings, and feudalism, you should liberate yourselves from the deception, shackles, and attrition of the capitalist system.” This prescription comes, not from the Communist Manifesto or Das Kapital, but a speech delivered by Osama bin Laden just before the sixth anniversary of 9/11. Continue Reading...

‘Witchcraft is the tool of the oppressed class’

On Monday, a left-wing website decided to give socialists a new tool to use in their war against the free market: witchcraft, spells, and hexes. The Real News Network – which bills itself as a source of “verifiable, fact-based journalism” that presents “effective solutions and models for change” – ran as its lead story “Witchcraft, Anarchy and the Rise of LeftTube.” The Baltimore-based Real News operation regularly interviews thoughtful, if extreme, leftists. Continue Reading...

Unanswered questions from the Sohrab Ahmari-David French debate

Sohrab Ahmari and David French met in debate on Thursday night, at the Catholic University of America’s Institute for Human Ecology, in an event titled, “Cultural conservatives: Two visions responding to the post-liberal Left.” The discussion – which French gave the Muhammad Ali-style moniker the “Melee at CUA” – raised vital questions of how Christians should interact with the state but left pivotal questions unanswered. Continue Reading...

Bernie Sanders vs. Elon Musk and MLK on overpopulation

Time and reality have not been kind go Senator Bernie Sanders’ proposal to save the climate by aborting brown people. Admitted, Sanders did not use such stark, Jim Crow-era language, but his comments this week unintentionally revealed the competing ways dueling economic systems view human dignity. Continue Reading...