Joseph Sunde

is an associate editor and writer for the Acton Institute. His work has appeared in venues such as The Federalist, First Things, The Christian Post, The Stream, Intellectual Takeout, Foundation for Economic Education, Patheos, LifeSiteNews, The City, Charisma News, The Green Room, Juicy Ecumenism, Ethika Politika, Made to Flourish, and the Center for Faith and Work. Joseph resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota with his wife and four children.

Posts by Joseph Sunde

‘Social justice’ as a postmodern religion

Has “social justice” become a new religion in what many believe to be an irreligious age? Andrew Sullivan recently reflected on the decline of Christianity and the rise of “personal spiritualties” and “political religions,” noting the weaknesses of our modern orthodoxies. Continue Reading...

A world of economic miracles: The power of human cooperation

Surrounded by economic abundance, it can be easy to be distracted by what we see—products, tools, technology, resources—and assume our newfound prosperity stems from material causes. In turn, given the stability of many institutions and the increasing pace of innovation, continuous economic progress now seems somewhat inevitable. Continue Reading...

Signals for service: Lessons from the invention of the price tag

As we continue to confront a range of top-down efforts to manage and manipulate prices, whether through tariffs, subsidies, or government-directed wage controls, much of the surrounding debate tends to focus on arbitrary notions about “just prices” and “the balance of economic power.” What’s less discussed is the actual function of prices in a free economy, and what’s truly at stake if we forget or neglect it. Continue Reading...

Populism vs. capitalism: The myth of the market as a ‘tool’

Tucker Carlson’s recent rant on the corrosive grip of cultural elites and pro-market conservatism has led to a bounty of intra-movement debate and introspection, ranging from loud “amens!” to loud “nay, nevers!” to critiques of resentful populism to more nuanced efforts to weigh and reconcile the legitimate tensions at play. Continue Reading...