PowerLinks 07.24.13

What a Conservative Knows: Fear of God is the Beginning of Wisdom Russell Kirk, The Imaginative Conservative There could be no conservatism without a religious foundation, and it is conservative people, by and large, who defend religion in our time. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 07.23.13

The Decline of the Civil-Rights Establishment Shelby Steele, Wall Street Journal Black leaders weren’t so much outraged at injustice as they were by the disregard of their own authority. Pope Francis, Brazil, and the Lessons of Detroit Robert Royal, The Catholic Thing Raising up the poor takes economic growth and even the dreaded pursuit of real “profit,” something many Catholic reformers see as the problem rather than the solution. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 07.22.13

Worth Worrying About? Same-Sex Marriage & Religious Freedom Richard W. Garnett, Commonweal Justice Kennedy’s Windsor opinion and much of the commentary celebrating it provide good reasons to be wary and worried. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 07.19.13

How Big Government Co-Opted Charities James Piereson, Wall Street Journal The website www.opensecrets.org, which tracks money in politics, reports that many of the institutions that receive these large grants and contracts—including Johns Hopkins, the University of Washington and the University of Pennsylvania—maintain lobbying operations in Washington. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 07.18.13

Homeschoolers turn to high court for asylum Baptist Press A German homeschooling family has lost another round in their effort to avoid deportation, apparently leaving the U.S. Supreme Court as their last hope. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 07.17.13

Dostoevsky: Fear the Christian Socialist Chris Banescu, The Voice “The socialist who is a Christian is more to be feared than the socialist who is an atheist.” Study: Obamacare could cause 1 million low-income Americans to move from work to welfare James Pethokoukis, AEI Ideas A new study suggests President Obama’s Affordable Care Act might have yet another huge and negative unintended consequence: if low-income adults can get health insurance through Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion, they are less likely to try and get a job — or keep a job. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 07.16.13

How early childhood intervention can help poor kids in developing nations James Pethokoukis, AEI Ideas These findings show that simple psychosocial stimulation in very early childhood in disadvantaged settings can have a substantial effect on labor market outcomes. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 07.15.13

What ‘Conscience’ Really Means Interview with Robert George, National Review ‘Respect for the dignity of the human being requires more than formally sound institutions; it also requires a cultural ethos in which people act from conviction to treat one another as human beings should be treated: with respect, civility, justice, compassion,” Robert P. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 07.12.13

Christians Targeted for Retribution in Egypt Ben Hubbard, New York Times The military’s ouster of President Mohamed Morsi has unleashed a new wave of violence by extremist Muslims against Christians whom they blame for having supported the calls to overthrow Mr. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 07.11.13

Artists Learn Art of Business to Brave Tough Economic Times PBS Newshour Economics correspondent Paul Solman reports on how artists are learning to fine-tune their entrepreneurial skills in order to help them design their own careers in an unsure economy. Continue Reading...