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PowerLinks 08.21.19

Edmund Burke, Free Marketeer Kai Weiss, The American Conservative Big-government conservatives should try actually reading him before they claim him as their own. Two Big Ways American Consumers Benefit from Trade With China Art Carden, FEE In a recent study, economists Liang Bai and Sebastian Stumpner analyze price data from the Nielsen Homescan panel to estimate the effects of trade with China on American consumers. Continue Reading...

Bishop Robert Barron explains Marxism in 21 minutes

Despite Marxism’s growing popularity among young people, church authorities spend little time discussing the topic – and when they do, they often speak in a misleading way. Thankfully, Bishop Robert Barron, the auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, addressed the topic at length last week. Continue Reading...

Understanding the words we use

Today, we face a prevalent problem when making arguments about trending topics. Words such as capitalism, socialism, conservative, liberal and other broad categorical terms all have a wide range of meanings and emotions attached to them. Continue Reading...

Free marketers should take social conservatives’ concerns more seriously

It’s no secret that major rifts have opened up between advocates of free markets and social conservatives in recent years. As someone who (1) ascribes to what would be conventionally called socially conservative views (though I think they’re more accurately called the insights of natural law and right reason) and (2) regards a free market economy as the most prudent set of economic arrangements for individuals, communities, and nations, I find myself constantly exposed to these debates. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 08.20.19

Currency and the Common Good Peter J. Leithart, First Things In Christianity, profit doesn’t shatter a closed cosmos because the cosmos was never closed to begin with. The High Cost of Occupational Licensing Antony Sammeroff, Mises Institute Many policies can end up having the opposite effect from what is intended. Continue Reading...

Will the Vatican’s economics drive Matteo Salvini to victory?

Italy’s coalition government seems ready to break apart, with Matteo Salvini of the League (who is seen as the country’s real leader) calling for new elections to force the Five Star Movement out of his alliance and Five Star trying to form a new coalition with the Democratic Party in order to oust Salvini. Continue Reading...