Acton Institute Powerblog Archives

Christian Social Thought

Alejandro Chafuen in Forbes: Opus Dei and Jesuit priests against socialism

For most of the 20th century, Marxism set its sights on state authority and openly political and economic goals. In more recent decades, though, many proponents of Marxism and other socialist stripes have sought to sow change on a societal and cultural level – a trend which some have termed “cultural Marxism.” Two authors who not only condemned Marxism but also saw its cultural transition early on are Monsignor Fernando Ocáriz Braña, current prelate of Opus Dei, and Rev. Continue Reading...

What does Judeo-Christian mean?

The Acton Institute was founded on the basis of ten principles that integrate “Judeo-Christian Truths with Free Market Principles.” You’ve probably heard the term your entire life, but do you know what “Judeo-Christian” means? Continue Reading...

Why should Christians support free markets?

One of the abiding joys of working at a think tank like the Acton Institute is that interesting people are always asking you big questions. I was recently asked, “Why should Christians support free markets?” The question is large, interesting, and necessitates the answering of a more basic question first, “Why should Christians be interested in economics?” Adam Smith, and his many antecedents, began crafting the analytical tools which we would come to call economics in response to phenomena which they saw in their world. Continue Reading...

Is income inequality acceptable?

In the past few weeks, democratic presidential hopefuls outlined income inequality fixes anywhere from $1,000 per month basic income to free college and single payer healthcare. While many operate on the assumption that income equality results in a fair economic system, I do not. Continue Reading...