Acton Line podcast: The conversion of Kanye West; What Wilhelm Röpke has to say about our digital age

In just the first week of the release of Kanye West’s new explicitly Christian record “Jesus is King,” it’s outsold his previous album “Ye,” projected to sell 225-275k copies. In addition to comments regarding his conversion to Christianity, he’s dominated cultural conversation with increasingly conservative opinions, addressing everything from the importance of communities, to local churches and even in a recent interview, condemning abortion. Continue Reading...

Acton Line podcast: Communist China dunks on NBA; Robert Doar on poverty in America

On October 4, Daryl Morey, manager of the Houston Rockets, posted a tweet that included the words “Fight for Freedom, Stand with Hong Kong.” Afterwards, China severed several partnerships they had with the Rockets in retaliation, leading Morey to delete his tweet and apologize for it and also prompting NBA commissioner Adam Silver to issue a statement declaring that the NBA does not regulate the speech of its players. Continue Reading...

Can a big bad state deliver us from evil?

Thirty five years ago the American novelist Thomas Pynchon asked the question, “Is It O.K. To Be A Luddite?” The occasion was the then 25th anniversary of C.P. Snow’s Rede Lecture, “The Two Cultures of the Scientific Revolution,” which argued, way back in 1959, that our culture was increasingly polarized into “literary” and “scientific” factions unable to understand each other. Continue Reading...