10 economic lessons from ‘Emmett Otter’s Jugband Christmas’

Jim Henson’s beloved Emmett Otter’s Jugband Christmas first entered the hearts of Canadian children in December 1977 and made its U.S. debut on HBO one year later. The musical Muppet adventure tells the story of widow Alice Otter and her tenderhearted son, Emmett, who decide the only way they can afford Christmas presents this year is to win a talent competition – with an exacting entrance fee. Continue Reading...

Chilling video captures the moment socialism morphs into anti-Semitism

“Anti-Semitism,” quipped nineteenth-century German socialist August Bebel, “is the socialism of fools.” However, a chilling new video shows that socialism helps prime leftists to espouse anti-Jewish sentiments in an instant. The UK’s Labour Party in general, and party leader Jeremy Corbyn in particular, have long been accused of being indifferent to, or vaguely supportive of, anti-Semitism. Continue Reading...

Wealth inequality is a First World problem

As the West has become progressively more interventionist, concern with “income inequality” has been eclipsed by “wealth inequality.” However, that focus betrays a certain blindness to a vital economic reality. Measures of equality and inequality tell us nothing about what really matters: a society’s prosperity or poverty. Continue Reading...

Video: Rev. Sirico at Acton’s 29th anniversary dinner

The Acton Institute celebrated its 29th anniversary on October 15th at the JW Marriott hotel in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Last week, we featured Andrew Klavan’s excellent keynote address here on the blog; this week, we’re pleased to share the remarks of Acton President and co-founder Rev. Continue Reading...