Acton Institute Powerblog Archives

Economics and Social Problems

Innovation vs. intervention during the coronavirus crisis

What sort of innovation, rather than government intervention, can come from the current crisis? What sort of long-term changes might we see in medicine and education? Rev. Robert Sirico, president and co-founder of the Acton Institute, shares his views on what may come. Be sure to check out the other videos in this series, linked below. Continue Reading...

This Alabama church is offering COVID-19 tests

Given the dramatic disruptions of the COVID-19 pandemic, many are reflecting on ways to better love and serve our neighbors during times of crisis. While disciplined social distancing is the obvious first step, we also see a number of ground-up efforts to mobilize congregations and institutions to support the evolving needs of individuals and communities. Continue Reading...

How to turn social distancing into love

The most ubiquitous phrase popularized by the coronavirus epidemic, “social distancing,” carries connotations of shunning or anti-social behavior. The isolation of the elderly particularly tugs at our heartstrings. The widely shared photo of 88-year-old Dorothy Campbell speaking through a nursing home’s window to her 89-year-old husband, Gene, poignantly depicts the deep-seated need for human contact amid the obstructions of anti-virus protocols. Continue Reading...

Coronavirus and spontaneous order

As the COVID-19 pandemic affects more and more people across the globe, there are many duties that become plain to us as individuals, communities, and citizens. Many workplaces have innovated in response to these challenges, and churches have looked to the past for inspiration to bring hope to our present. Continue Reading...