Acton Commentary http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2013/09/04/cowboy-compassion%252525252525252525252525252525252525252525252525252525252525252525c3%25 Acton Commentary is published weekly by the Acton Institute. en The Economics of Liberation Theology http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/07/23/economics-liberation-theology <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/people/carroll-r%C3%ADos-de-rodr%C3%ADguez">Carroll Ríos De Rodríguez</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>None of the prominent liberation theologians influential in Latin America had significant training in or exposure to the discipline of economics. This was odd given that their concern for the material well-being demanded at least some attempt to provide an economic explanation of underdevelopment and mass poverty.</p><p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/07/23/economics-liberation-theology" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:56:17 +0000 Acton Web 6371 at http://www.acton.org Project Pedro Pan and Today’s Manufactured Border Crisis http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/07/16/project-pedro-pan-today%E2%80%99s-manufactured-border-cris <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/staff/elise-hilton">Elise Hilton</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It is inexcusable to use children for anything, especially political pawns. Yet the Obama administration seems to have no problem doing so in the current border crisis.</p> <p>Before we examine the current immigration issue and President Obama&rsquo;s ill-conceived immigration policy, let&rsquo;s go back to 1960, another crisis and another group of children.</p><div class="row"> <div class="col-md-12 field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-material"> <div class="field-label"><h2>You might also like...</h2></div> <div class="field-items" > <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/related-material/get-your-hands-dirty-essays-christian-social-thoug">Get Your Hands Dirty: Essays on Christian Social Thought (and Action)</a> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/07/16/project-pedro-pan-today%E2%80%99s-manufactured-border-cris" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 14:04:39 +0000 Acton Web 6356 at http://www.acton.org Student Debt and the Value of an Education http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/07/09/student-debt-value-education <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/people/laura-prejean">Laura Prejean</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>In the face of rising tuition costs, which have <a href="http://nces.ed.gov/fastfacts/display.asp?id=76">more than doubled</a> since 1982, more and more students are attending colleges, with Millennials being considered <a href="http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2014/02/11/the-rising-cost-of-not-going-to-college/">&quot;the best-educated generation in history.&quot;</a> Despite the mounting cost and swelling debt, America&rsquo;s demand for education, particularly higher education, has not decreased, defying typical market expectations.</p><div class="row"> <div class="col-md-12 field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-material"> <div class="field-label"><h2>You might also like...</h2></div> <div class="field-items" > <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/related-material/catholic-education-west-roots-reality-revival">Catholic Education in the West: Roots, Reality, and Revival</a> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/07/09/student-debt-value-education" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 15:51:04 +0000 Acton Web 6354 at http://www.acton.org The Rapid Politicization of Religious Liberty and Natural Rights http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/07/02/rapid-politicization-religious-liberty-natural-rig <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/staff/ray-nothstine">Ray Nothstine</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Political hysteria has reached a crescendo over a very defined and limited ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby with this week&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/13pdf/13-354_olp1.pdf">5-4 Supreme Court decision.</a> As many commentators have noted, including <a href="http://www.nationalreview.com/article/381593/hobby-lobby-hysteria-editors">the editors</a> at <em>National Review</em>, &ldquo;That this increase in freedom makes some people so very upset tells us more about them than about the Court&rsquo;s ruling.&rdquo;</p><div class="row"> <div class="col-md-12 field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-material"> <div class="field-label"><h2>You might also like...</h2></div> <div class="field-items" > <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/related-material/becoming-europe">Becoming Europe</a> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/07/02/rapid-politicization-religious-liberty-natural-rig" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 12:52:38 +0000 Acton Web 6349 at http://www.acton.org World War I and the Break with History http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/06/25/world-war-i-break-history <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/people/bruce-edward-walker">Bruce Edward Walker</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>This weekend marks the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assassination_of_Archduke_Franz_Ferdinand_of_Austria">formal start</a> to events marking the 100<sup>th</sup> anniversary of World War I, which <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_War_I_casualties">took the lives</a> of an estimated10 million military personnel and seven million civilians, and wounded another 20 million. More than 117,000 U.S.</p><p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/06/25/world-war-i-break-history" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 16:58:22 +0000 Acton Web 6348 at http://www.acton.org Issues of Justice http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/06/18/issues-justice <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/people/john-teevan">John A. Teevan</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>What would it take to make a society fully just rather than merely settling for moving society toward justice? Three options come to mind. First, a just society would be one in which every injustice was either prevented or punished. Prevention of injustice would require laws and civil leadership that we would regard as excessively strong. Punishment would seem to require an eye-for-an eye approach (or at least a cash-for-an-eye or time-in-prison-for-an-eye approach), as well as the state bearing a &ldquo;terrible swift sword,&rdquo; possibly with a tendency to act like Big brother.</p><p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/06/18/issues-justice" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 18:36:07 +0000 Acton Web 6346 at http://www.acton.org Sixpence Economics http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/06/11/sixpence-economics <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/staff/jordan-ballor">Jordan Ballor</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="caption alignright"><img alt="" src="/sites/v4.acton.org/files/pub/British_sixpence_1962_obverse.jpg" style="width: 200px; height: 200px;" /></div> <p>At the conclusion of the first of his two chapters exploring the theological virtue of faith in <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Mere-Christianity-C-S-Lewis/dp/0060652926?tag=acton04-20"><em>Mere Christianity</em></a>, C.S. Lewis provides a brief illustration that helps set the stage quite well for a discussion of the relationship between theology and economics, a relationship that currently stands in need of serious repair.</p><div class="row"> <div class="col-md-12 field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-material"> <div class="field-label"><h2>You might also like...</h2></div> <div class="field-items" > <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/related-material/our-great-exchange-curriculum">Our Great Exchange Curriculum</a> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/06/11/sixpence-economics" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 15:18:35 +0000 Acton Web 6344 at http://www.acton.org Big Government at the Bilderberg Summit http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/06/04/big-government-bilderberg-summit <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/staff/jonathan-witt">Jonathan Witt</a> </div> </div> </div> <p class="rtecenter"><img alt="Kraken" src="/sites/v4.acton.org/files/pub/kreken.jpg" style="width: 624px; height: 259px;" /></p> <p>This spring marks the 60<sup>th</sup> anniversary of the Bilderberg Group summit, a gathering of major power brokers so apparently selective it makes the World Economic Forum&rsquo;s annual Davos gathering in Switzerland look like a blue light stampede at K-Mart.</p><p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/06/04/big-government-bilderberg-summit" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 16:54:43 +0000 admin 6341 at http://www.acton.org On Wages, McDonald’s Gets It Right http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/05/28/wages-mcdonald%E2%80%99s-gets-it-right <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/staff/anthony-b-bradley">Anthony B. Bradley</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>In today&rsquo;s culture of entitlement people believe that they deserve certain rewards simply because they exist -- not because of hard work, perseverance and wise choices. Entitlement is the only way to explain the lunacy behind recent demands that fast food chains like McDonald&rsquo;s arbitrarily pay workers $15 per hour. Unlike many politicians, business leaders do not make decisions according to public opinion because they have fiduciary responsibilities to their boards and shareholders. As a result, McDonald&rsquo;s Corp.</p><div class="row"> <div class="col-md-12 field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-material"> <div class="field-label"><h2>You might also like...</h2></div> <div class="field-items" > <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/related-material/our-great-exchange-curriculum">Our Great Exchange Curriculum</a> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/05/28/wages-mcdonald%E2%80%99s-gets-it-right" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 28 May 2014 15:24:20 +0000 admin 6337 at http://www.acton.org Giving the Just Wage Its Due http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/05/28/giving-just-wage-its-due <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/staff/dylan-pahman">Dylan Pahman</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>In <a href="http://www.faithinpubliclife.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Religious-sign-on_MinWage_National.pdf">a recent letter to Congress</a>, 33 faith leaders in conjunction with Interfaith Worker Justice (IWJ) and Faith in Public Life (FPL) expressed their support for raising the federal minimum wage in the United States.</p><div class="row"> <div class="col-md-12 field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-material"> <div class="field-label"><h2>You might also like...</h2></div> <div class="field-items" > <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/related-material/our-great-exchange-curriculum">Our Great Exchange Curriculum</a> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/05/28/giving-just-wage-its-due" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 28 May 2014 15:23:01 +0000 admin 6336 at http://www.acton.org Potential Life Lost: America’s Demographic Poverty http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/05/21/potential-life-lost-america%E2%80%99s-demographic-poverty <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/staff/elise-hilton">Elise Hilton</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>A new study focusing on the demographic effects of abortion in the United States brings to light what one scientist calls truly astounding findings. Without downplaying the <a href="http://www.thesocialagenda.org/en/article-three-family#.U3oluijDVYV">sanctity of life issue</a>, this study should alarm anyone concerned about our nation&rsquo;s cultural and economic dynamism.</p><div class="row"> <div class="col-md-12 field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-material"> <div class="field-label"><h2>You might also like...</h2></div> <div class="field-items" > <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/related-material/becoming-europe">Becoming Europe</a> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/05/21/potential-life-lost-america%E2%80%99s-demographic-poverty" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 21 May 2014 15:24:03 +0000 admin 6332 at http://www.acton.org Pebble Mine: Moral Witness Requires Clear Thinking on Environmental Science http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/05/21/pebble-mine-moral-witness-requires-clear-thinking <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/people/rev-gregory-jensen">Rev. Gregory Jensen</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Alaska Diocese of the Orthodox Church in America, at its 2009 annual meeting, passed a unanimous <a href="http://oca.org/news/archived/alaskan-diocesan-assembly-passes-resolution-on-the-environment">resolution</a> calling on state and federal agencies to deny permits to any &rdquo;commercial or economic project&rdquo;&rsquo; that threatens to damage or pollute the natural environment.</p><div class="row"> <div class="col-md-12 field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-material"> <div class="field-label"><h2>You might also like...</h2></div> <div class="field-items" > <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/related-material/creation-heart-man">Creation and the Heart of Man</a> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/05/21/pebble-mine-moral-witness-requires-clear-thinking" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 21 May 2014 15:21:47 +0000 admin 6331 at http://www.acton.org Religious Freedom and Economic Liberty: Truly Indivisible http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/05/14/religious-freedom-economic-liberty-truly-indivisib <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/staff/samuel-gregg">Samuel Gregg</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Whichever way the United States Supreme Court rules on <em style="line-height: 1.538em;">Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores</em>, one fact has become abundantly clear. We are belatedly realizing that different forms of freedom are more dependent on each other than many have hitherto supposed.</p><div class="row"> <div class="col-md-12 field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-material"> <div class="field-label"><h2>You might also like...</h2></div> <div class="field-items" > <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/related-material/becoming-europe">Becoming Europe</a> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/05/14/religious-freedom-economic-liberty-truly-indivisib" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 14 May 2014 15:34:59 +0000 admin 6327 at http://www.acton.org Mass Incarceration: The New Eugenics? http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/05/07/mass-incarceration-new-eugenics <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/staff/anthony-b-bradley">Anthony B. Bradley</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The United States currently has over 2.3 million prisoners incarcerated in federal, state, and local jails around the country. According to <a href="http://www.sentencingproject.org/template/page.cfm?id=107">an April report</a> by the Sentencing Project, that number presents a 500 percent increase in incarcerations over the past 40 years. This increase produces &ldquo;prison overcrowding and fiscal burdens on states to accommodate a rapidly expanding penal system&rdquo; despite the evidence that incarceration is not working. How did this happen?</p><div class="row"> <div class="col-md-12 field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-material"> <div class="field-label"><h2>You might also like...</h2></div> <div class="field-items" > <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/related-material/black-tired-essays-race-politics-culture-internati">Black and Tired: Essays on Race, Politics, Culture, and International Development</a> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/05/07/mass-incarceration-new-eugenics" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 07 May 2014 18:38:34 +0000 admin 6325 at http://www.acton.org Poverty, Justice, and Christian Love http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/05/07/poverty-justice-christian-love <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/staff/michael-matheson-miller">Michael Matheson Miller</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Concern for the poor is at the heart of Christianity. Saint John Paul II called poverty one of the greatest moral challenges of our time, and to ignore the plight of the poor has consequences for our eternal souls.</p><div class="row"> <div class="col-md-12 field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-material"> <div class="field-label"><h2>You might also like...</h2></div> <div class="field-items" > <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/related-material/love-economics">Love and Economics</a> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/05/07/poverty-justice-christian-love" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 07 May 2014 18:34:49 +0000 admin 6324 at http://www.acton.org Panem and the Polis http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/04/30/panem-polis <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/staff/jordan-ballor">Jordan Ballor</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Earlier this week, Pope Francis logged onto his <a href="https://twitter.com/Pontifex/status/460697074585980928">@Pontifex Twitter account</a> to declare that &ldquo;inequality is the root of social evil.&rdquo; This was of a piece with his November apostolic exhortation, <a href="http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/francesco/apost_exhortations/documents/papa-francesco_esortazione-ap_20131124_evangelii-gaudium_en.html">&ldquo;Evangelii Gaudium,&rdquo;</a> in which he asserted that &ldquo;inequality is the root of social ills.&rdquo; Within the deeper context of his exhortation, it is evident </p><div class="row"> <div class="col-md-12 field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-material"> <div class="field-label"><h2>You might also like...</h2></div> <div class="field-items" > <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/related-material/get-your-hands-dirty-essays-christian-social-thoug">Get Your Hands Dirty: Essays on Christian Social Thought (and Action)</a> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/04/30/panem-polis" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 17:18:40 +0000 admin 6310 at http://www.acton.org Christian Environmentalism and the Temptation of Faux Asceticism http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/04/23/christian-environmentalism-temptation-faux-ascetic <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/people/andrew-p-morriss">Andrew P. Morriss</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> by <a href="/about/people/fr-michael-butler">Fr. Michael Butler</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It is important to clarify the Church&rsquo;s teaching on asceticism because many voices in the environmental movement encourage a kind of ascetical lifestyle in the name of &ldquo;ethical consumption.&rdquo; Orthodox writers on the environment are not immune to the temptation of putting the ascetical tradition of the Church in the service of another agenda. For example, the conclusion of the Inter-Orthodox Conference on Environmental Protection, held in Crete in 1991, states: &ldquo;Humanity needs a simpler way of life, a renewed asceticism, for the sake of creation.&rdquo;</p><p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/04/23/christian-environmentalism-temptation-faux-ascetic" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:32:02 +0000 admin 6308 at http://www.acton.org War on Women: Hypocrisy and Paternalism under the Guise of Equality http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/04/16/war-women-hypocrisy-paternalism-under-guise-equali <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/staff/elise-hilton">Elise Hilton</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>With more than a dozen smiling women looking over his shoulder in the East Room of the White House, President Obama signed a proclamation in support of National Equal Pay Day on April 8. The president said he was working to prevent workplace discrimination and helping workers take control over negotiations regarding their pay.</p><div class="row"> <div class="col-md-12 field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-material"> <div class="field-label"><h2>You might also like...</h2></div> <div class="field-items" > <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/related-material/work-meaning-your-life-christian-perspective">Work: The Meaning of Your Life—A Christian Perspective</a> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/04/16/war-women-hypocrisy-paternalism-under-guise-equali" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:37:40 +0000 admin 6304 at http://www.acton.org Just Money http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/04/09/just-money <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/staff/samuel-gregg">Samuel Gregg</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Money: it&rsquo;s on everyone&rsquo;s mind sometimes. In recent years, however, many have suggested there are some fundamental problems with the way money presently functions in our economies.</p><div class="row"> <div class="col-md-12 field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-material"> <div class="field-label"><h2>You might also like...</h2></div> <div class="field-items" > <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/related-material/becoming-europe">Becoming Europe</a> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/04/09/just-money" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 14:07:16 +0000 admin 6295 at http://www.acton.org In Defense of Paul Ryan http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/04/02/defense-paul-ryan <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/staff/samuel-gregg">Samuel Gregg</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="caption alignright"> <img alt="Paul Ryan" src="/sites/v4.acton.org/files/pub/497px-Paul_Ryan--113th_Congress--.jpg" style="width: 200px; height: 241px;" /> <p class="caption-text">Paul Ryan</p></div><div class="row"> <div class="col-md-12 field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-material"> <div class="field-label"><h2>You might also like...</h2></div> <div class="field-items" > <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/related-material/becoming-europe">Becoming Europe</a> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/04/02/defense-paul-ryan" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 15:51:49 +0000 Acton Web 6293 at http://www.acton.org Crony Capitalism’s Favorite Trick: More Regulation http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/03/26/crony-capitalism%E2%80%99s-favorite-trick-more-regulation <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/staff/jonathan-witt">Jonathan Witt</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Many who reject capitalism in favor of some &ldquo;third way&rdquo; do so because they often mistake it for government-corporate cronyism, which is a perversion of a free market. Yes, Washington and big banks are in cahoots. And yes, many developing countries have traded Communism for pseudo-capitalist oligarchies. But in countries that have begun extending true economic freedom to the masses, capitalist activity has already lifted hundreds of millions of people out of extreme poverty.</p><div class="row"> <div class="col-md-12 field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-material"> <div class="field-label"><h2>You might also like...</h2></div> <div class="field-items" > <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/related-material/povertycure-curriculum">PovertyCure Curriculum</a> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/03/26/crony-capitalism%E2%80%99s-favorite-trick-more-regulation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 16:46:45 +0000 admin 6287 at http://www.acton.org What Would God’s March Madness Look Like? http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/03/19/what-would-god%E2%80%99s-march-madness-look <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/people/david-mitchell">David Mitchell</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I don&rsquo;t watch much college basketball. When I do watch, I like to watch during &ldquo;March Madness,&rdquo; college basketball&rsquo;s national championship tournament. This tournament is when players bring out their best. Teams and players work harder and play better partly because the stakes are higher and partly because the tournament is &ldquo;one and done.&rdquo; If you lose once, you go home. The competition really focuses everyone&rsquo;s efforts. That focus is one of the good things about competition.</p><div class="row"> <div class="col-md-12 field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-material"> <div class="field-label"><h2>You might also like...</h2></div> <div class="field-items" > <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/related-material/defending-free-market">Defending the Free Market</a> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/03/19/what-would-god%E2%80%99s-march-madness-look" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 14:49:42 +0000 Acton Web 6283 at http://www.acton.org Everything Really is Awesome http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/03/12/everything-really-awesome <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/staff/jordan-ballor">Jordan Ballor</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There&rsquo;s much for lovers of faith and freedom to appreciate in <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1490017/">the new LEGO movie</a>. The film aptly captures the playfulness and creativity that have been so closely identified with the little plastic bricks for decades. One of the more memorable lines from the film is the chorus to a little ditty that recurs throughout: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StTqXEQ2l-Y">&ldquo;Everything is awesome!&rdquo;</a></p><div class="row"> <div class="col-md-12 field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-material"> <div class="field-label"><h2>You might also like...</h2></div> <div class="field-items" > <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/related-material/get-your-hands-dirty-essays-christian-social-thoug">Get Your Hands Dirty: Essays on Christian Social Thought (and Action)</a> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/03/12/everything-really-awesome" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 16:09:39 +0000 Acton Web 6276 at http://www.acton.org Pope Francis’s Money Man http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/03/05/pope-francis%E2%80%99s-money-man <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/staff/samuel-gregg">Samuel Gregg</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="caption alignright"> <img alt="" src="/sites/v4.acton.org/files/pub/Pell-300x203.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 169px;" /> <p class="caption-text">Cardinal George Pell</p> </div> <p>It may well turn out to be the greatest challenge of his priestly life.</p><div class="row"> <div class="col-md-12 field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-material"> <div class="field-label"><h2>You might also like...</h2></div> <div class="field-items" > <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/related-material/tea-party-catholic">Tea Party Catholic</a> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/03/05/pope-francis%E2%80%99s-money-man" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 16:17:46 +0000 Acton Web 6268 at http://www.acton.org Our Minimum Wage Circus http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/02/26/our-minimum-wage-circus <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/staff/samuel-gregg">Samuel Gregg</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>With the release of the Congressional Budget Office&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.cbo.gov/publication/44995">report</a> on the effects of the latest proposal to raise the federal minimum wage, we see confirmation that mandated minimum wages are, at best, a clumsy way of trying to help those in need.</p><div class="row"> <div class="col-md-12 field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-material"> <div class="field-label"><h2>You might also like...</h2></div> <div class="field-items" > <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/related-material/becoming-europe">Becoming Europe</a> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/02/26/our-minimum-wage-circus" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 17:43:17 +0000 Acton Web 6261 at http://www.acton.org Information, Creativity, and Surprise http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/02/19/information-creativity-surprise <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/people/rev-johannes-jacobse">Rev. Johannes Jacobse</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="caption alignright"> <img alt="George Gilder" src="/sites/v4.acton.org/files/pub/10.07_gilder_1_f.jpg" style="width: 175px; height: 246px;" /> <p class="caption-text">George Gilder</p></div><div class="row"> <div class="col-md-12 field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-material"> <div class="field-label"><h2>You might also like...</h2></div> <div class="field-items" > <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/related-material/our-great-exchange-curriculum">Our Great Exchange Curriculum</a> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/02/19/information-creativity-surprise" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 16:24:51 +0000 Acton Web 6254 at http://www.acton.org Finally, a Conservative Leader http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/02/12/finally-conservative-leader <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/staff/samuel-gregg">Samuel Gregg</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>In the middle of 2013, a French journalist asked me who I thought was today&rsquo;s outstanding center-right head of government. After a few moments&rsquo; thought, I responded: &ldquo;She died in April. <em style="line-height: 1.538em;">Requiescat in pace</em>.&rdquo;</p><div class="row"> <div class="col-md-12 field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-material"> <div class="field-label"><h2>You might also like...</h2></div> <div class="field-items" > <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/related-material/becoming-europe">Becoming Europe</a> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/02/12/finally-conservative-leader" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 17:20:55 +0000 Acton Web 6250 at http://www.acton.org It’s Not Only the Poor Who Need Moral Leadership http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/02/05/it%E2%80%99s-not-only-poor-who-need-moral-leadership <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/staff/anthony-b-bradley">Anthony B. Bradley</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> by <a href="/about/people/sean-spurlock">Sean Spurlock</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Oral histories often paint a rosy picture of the moral fiber of previous generations, when divorce was unheard of, out of wedlock births rare, and Christian civilization kept societal immorality in check especially among a more virtuous elite. But close attention to history reveals the truth about human condition: that regardless of our social status, everyone is in need of moral formation &ndash; and thus it has always been.</p><p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/02/05/it%E2%80%99s-not-only-poor-who-need-moral-leadership" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 19:24:07 +0000 admin 6245 at http://www.acton.org Discounting the Unseen http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/01/29/discounting-unseen <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/staff/jordan-ballor">Jordan Ballor</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="caption alignright"> <img alt="Discounting the Unseen" src="/sites/v4.acton.org/files/pub/unseen2.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 167px;" /></div> <p>There is an apparent natural human tendency to favor what is immediate to our senses over what is distant. Often this is practically sensible if not necessary to survival.</p><div class="row"> <div class="col-md-12 field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-material"> <div class="field-label"><h2>You might also like...</h2></div> <div class="field-items" > <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/related-material/get-your-hands-dirty-essays-christian-social-thoug">Get Your Hands Dirty: Essays on Christian Social Thought (and Action)</a> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/01/29/discounting-unseen" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 18:08:08 +0000 admin 6224 at http://www.acton.org Maria Shriver’s Big, Big Government Rescue Plan For Women http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/01/22/maria-shriver%E2%80%99s-big-big-government-rescue-plan-wom <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/staff/elise-hilton">Elise Hilton</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Kennedy heir and former First Lady of California Maria Shriver has dedicated her considerable resources to promoting awareness of various social issues through her media initiative, The Shriver Report. The most recent report highlights American women and poverty; sadly, it gets very little right. It focuses far too heavily on government expansion to push women from the brink of poverty, and far too little on the ability of women &ndash; strong, smart, brave, intelligent women &ndash; to lift themselves from poverty.</p> <p>In this third Shriver Report<em>, </em>we are told that:</p><div class="row"> <div class="col-md-12 field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-material"> <div class="field-label"><h2>You might also like...</h2></div> <div class="field-items" > <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/related-material/christian-family">The Christian Family</a> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/01/22/maria-shriver%E2%80%99s-big-big-government-rescue-plan-wom" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 15:40:37 +0000 Acton Web 6220 at http://www.acton.org