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).

Posts by Joe Carter

PowerLinks 08.30.19

Bernie Sanders’s Upside-Down Concept of “Morality” Bradley Thomas, Mises Wire While often declaring goods like health care and day care “rights,” Sanders also insists that political solutions, rather than voluntary charity, are the only truly moral means of achieving justice. Continue Reading...

Virtue and the Lake Wobegon effect

During the mid-1990s I spent a tour of duty as a Marine recruiter in southwestern Washington State. One of my primary tasks was to give talks at local high schools, but because many of the guidance counselors were not exactly pro-military, I was expected to give generic “motivational” speeches. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 08.29.19

War for Poverty Bryan Caplan, EconLib When a country is mired in poverty, violent revolution is the most emotionally appealing remedy. Economic Nationalism Is a Philosophy of War Ludwig von Mises, Mises Wire It is certainly true that our age is full of conflicts which generate war. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 08.28.19

Bishops welcome proposed rule to protect rights of religious employers Catholic News Service The chairmen of three U.S. bishops’ committees Aug. 21 welcomed a proposed rule from the U.S. Department of Labor aimed at clarifying religious protections that may be invoked by federal contractors, including faith-based organizations. Continue Reading...

The magic of the washing machine

What was the greatest invention of the industrial revolution? The late great Hans Rosling makes the case for the washing machine. Rosling explains how the productivity gains of the washing machine (and similar labor-saving devices) lead to increases in education and economic growth in the developing world. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 08.27.19

God or Government: What an Economy of “Nones” May Mean for Our Future Kelly Hanlon, Public Discourse G.K. Chesterton may have summed up our current situation best: men who stop believing in God do not believe in nothing, but believe in anything. Continue Reading...

Edmund Burke believed in trade liberalization

Whenever the conservative movement loses its way, says Samuel Gregg in an article for Law & Liberty, it’s only a matter of time before some turn for guidance to the figure most associated with modern Anglo-American conservatism’s emergence—Edmund Burke. Continue Reading...

How God makes a pencil

In 1958, Leonard Read published his brilliant essay, “I, Pencil.” The Competitive Enterprise Institute recently released a wonderful video that illustrates Read’s point that the creation of a pencil requires an unfathomable level of complexity and undirected cooperation. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 08.26.19

A Christian’s Perspective on Economic Downturn Greg Forster, Crossway We live in an age of economic anxiety,1 and it’s only going to get more disrupted. Why American Democracy Is Worth Defending Alexander Salter, The Imaginative Conservative What is American democracy, and why is it worth defending? Continue Reading...