Acton Commentary http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2001/11 Acton Commentary is published weekly by the Acton Institute. en A ‘House of Cards’ In Nicaragua http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/08/24/house-cards%E2%80%99-nicaragua <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/staff/paul-j-bonicelli-phd">Paul J. Bonicelli, PhD</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When Nicaragua is in the news, it is usually bad news, and so it is once again as it descends into another dynastic dictatorship.&nbsp; The man currently building the latest family-run state is the incumbent president Daniel Ortega, although apparently the irony is lost on him since he led a socialist revolution 40 years ago to overthrow the previous dynasty.&nbsp; The history of Nicaragua is a cycle that runs from dictatorship to democracy and back to dictatorship again; a hope and change story that is now ending very badly.&nbsp; There are heroes of liberal democracy, Nicaraguans from all</p><p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/08/24/house-cards%E2%80%99-nicaragua" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 16:16:22 +0000 rober6thom 6872 at http://www.acton.org Millennials should read Solzhenitsyn http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/08/17/millennials-should-read-solzhenitsyn <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> <p>The appeal of Bernie Sanders&rsquo; socialism is a puzzle to many, but it shouldn&#39;t be, not if we understand how most people think about economics.&nbsp; Sanders&#39; appeal rises when economics is understood mechanistically, subject to impersonal forces and nefarious individuals. As a result, an economy can only be directed by the macro decisions of large and powerful entities like governments. Shallow moral appeals arise to justify socialist policies where success is not measured by the objective results of the policy, but by the moral good they ostensibly foster.</p><p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/08/17/millennials-should-read-solzhenitsyn" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 17 Aug 2016 14:27:27 +0000 rober6thom 6867 at http://www.acton.org Technology Seen, and Unseen http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/08/10/technology-seen-unseen <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>I, for one, welcome our new robot overlords. Well, not really &ndash; mainly because we don&rsquo;t actually face the threat of <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skynet_(Terminator)">Skynet</a> anytime soon. And thankfully <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neo-Luddism">neo-Luddites</a> &ndash; those who argue for rejecting modern technology &ndash; are relatively few these days.</p><p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/08/10/technology-seen-unseen" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 10 Aug 2016 17:09:41 +0000 rober6thom 6850 at http://www.acton.org Rediscovering the beautiful http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/08/03/rediscovering-beautiful <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/people/caroline-roberts">Caroline Roberts</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>An emphasis on the need for practical use is beneficial when applied to goods in the market, so as to meet the ever changing demands of the consumer. But the value of some goods cannot be reduced to a selling price. One such good is beauty. Although the market has a role to play in the creation of beautiful things, this essential good can only be fully realized through the work of talented people devoted to the vocation of art.</p><p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/08/03/rediscovering-beautiful" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 03 Aug 2016 14:16:51 +0000 rober6thom 6847 at http://www.acton.org Re-Branding Capitalism for Millennials http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/07/27/re-branding-capitalism-millennials <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/people/allison-gilbert">Allison Gilbert</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Over the last decade, millennials have been characterized as filled with a sense of entitlement, lazy, and disillusioned. In the past year they have acquired another label: socialist.</p><p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/07/27/re-branding-capitalism-millennials" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 27 Jul 2016 14:51:38 +0000 rober6thom 6845 at http://www.acton.org Why Religious Liberty Cannot Prosper without Economic Liberty http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/07/20/why-religious-liberty-cannot-prosper-without-econo <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/people/jay-w-richards">Jay W. Richards</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>In recent years, religious freedom in the United States has been treated by its defenders as a special form of freedom distinct from, say, political or economic freedom. This is not a viable long-term strategy for protecting religious freedom. Both economic and religious freedom tend to exist together in the same societies; they are both based on the same principles; they tend to reinforce each other; and over the long haul, they arguably stand or fall together. As a result, when Christians surrender economic freedom, they unwittingly surrender their religious freedom as well.</p><p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/07/20/why-religious-liberty-cannot-prosper-without-econo" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 20 Jul 2016 15:16:46 +0000 rober6thom 6844 at http://www.acton.org Nobel Laureates Plead with Greenpeace to Drop Opposition to GMOs http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/07/12/nobel-laureates-plead-greenpeace-drop-opposition <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/people/allison-gilbert">Allison Gilbert</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>A group of more than 100 Nobel Laureates have <a href="http://supportprecisionagriculture.org/nobel-laureate-gmo-letter_rjr.html">publicly declared</a> Greenpeace&rsquo;s anti-GMO campaign a crime against humanity. These men and women say the science is clear -- the world needs GMOs, and objecting to the production of genetically modified foods both denies scientific evidence and exacerbates the suffering of the world&rsquo;s poor.</p><p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/07/12/nobel-laureates-plead-greenpeace-drop-opposition" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Tue, 12 Jul 2016 14:17:19 +0000 rober6thom 6838 at http://www.acton.org The Forgotten Story of the German Economic ‘Miracle’ http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/07/06/forgotten-story-german-economic-miracle%E2%80%99 <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>Given many Americans&rsquo; apparent enthusiasm for socialism today, it&rsquo;s hard not to conclude that we live in an age in which millions know little about history or aren&rsquo;t inclined to learn from it.</p><p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/07/06/forgotten-story-german-economic-miracle%E2%80%99" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 06 Jul 2016 15:56:41 +0000 rober6thom 6837 at http://www.acton.org Economics not Great at Orthodox Council http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/06/29/economics-not-great-orthodox-council <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>We Orthodox who are especially nerdy followed the remnants of what was planned as a &ldquo;Great and Holy,&rdquo; &ldquo;Pan-Orthodox&rdquo; council of the Orthodox Churches, which concluded Sunday in Crete. The sad reality, however, is that for various reasons Antioch, Russia, Bulgaria, and Georgia decided not to attend. Antioch, especially, had <a href="http://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2016/06/the-great-orthodox-council-antioch-is-different">unique and legitimate grievances</a>.</p><p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/06/29/economics-not-great-orthodox-council" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 14:10:29 +0000 rober6thom 6835 at http://www.acton.org Global Capitalism versus Christianity? A Response to David Bentley Hart http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/06/22/global-capitalism-versus-christianity-response-dav <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 a June 2016 <em>First Things</em> article, &quot;<a href="http://www.firstthings.com/article/2016/06/mammon-ascendant#login">Mammon Ascendant: Why global capitalism is inimical to Christianity</a>,&quot; the Orthodox theologian David Bentley Hart rearticulates a theme he previously <a href="http://www.firstthings.com/article/2015/12/habetis-papam">addressed</a> in the same publication: that there is a basic incompatibility between what he alternatively calls &ldquo;late modern capitalism&rdquo; or &ldquo;global capitalism&rdquo; and Christianity.</p><p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/06/22/global-capitalism-versus-christianity-response-dav" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 22 Jun 2016 16:47:02 +0000 rober6thom 6829 at http://www.acton.org A Russian businessman discovers the law of love http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/06/15/russian-businessman-discovers-law-love <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>When I first read the description of Fr. Alexander Torik&rsquo;s novel <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Flavian-English-translation-Nathan-Williams/dp/5905462089"><em>Flavian</em></a>, I was skeptical. Recently translated from Russian, it is the story of &ldquo;an unexpected turning point in the life of Aleksei, a quite ordinary city dweller.</p><p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/06/15/russian-businessman-discovers-law-love" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 15 Jun 2016 18:00:40 +0000 rober6thom 6827 at http://www.acton.org Social Democracy: How Bernie Sanders’ Dream Turns into a Nightmare http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/06/08/social-democracy-how-bernie-sanders%E2%80%99-dream-turns-n <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>When some Americans describe themselves as &ldquo;socialists,&rdquo; not all of them have in mind the command economies that laid waste to the former USSR and Eastern Europe, or even the disaster <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2016/05/venezuela-is-falling-apart/481755/" target="_blank">presently</a> unfolding in Venezuela.</p><p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/06/08/social-democracy-how-bernie-sanders%E2%80%99-dream-turns-n" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 08 Jun 2016 12:32:32 +0000 rober6thom 6823 at http://www.acton.org Sorry Bernie: Scandinavia Isn’t Socialist. You Must Be Thinking of France http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/06/01/sorry-bernie-scandinavia-isn%E2%80%99t-socialist-you-must <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>With an unabashed demagogue as the presumptive nominee of the Republican Party, it is easy to overlook the problems of the one who has mounted a serious challenge to Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primaries: Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.</p><p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/06/01/sorry-bernie-scandinavia-isn%E2%80%99t-socialist-you-must" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 01 Jun 2016 14:03:46 +0000 rober6thom 6817 at http://www.acton.org Wendell Berry: Great Poet, Cranky Luddite on Ag Tech http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/05/25/wendell-berry-great-poet-cranky-luddite-ag-tech <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>Any occasion to herald the sheer awesomeness of Wendell Berry as one of the preeminent poets and novelists of the past half-century should be seized. This is why I write glowingly of Berry but must curb my enthusiasm about <em>The Seer: A Portrait of Wendell Berry</em>, a new <a href="http://www.theseerfilm.com/">documentary</a> making the rounds of U.S. film festivals.</p><p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/05/25/wendell-berry-great-poet-cranky-luddite-ag-tech" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 25 May 2016 15:51:32 +0000 rober6thom 6810 at http://www.acton.org Constitutional Conservatism: Its Meaning and Its Future http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/05/18/constitutional-conservatism-its-meaning-its-future <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>Whatever the results of the 2016 presidential election, the process has raised hard questions about conservatism&rsquo;s future in America. Whether it is social conservatism, fiscal conservatism, or national-security conservatism, important setbacks for these causes have taken place across the board in the past nine years. Today the United States is less socially cohesive, less economically free, and less internationally secure than in 2007.</p><p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/05/18/constitutional-conservatism-its-meaning-its-future" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 18 May 2016 14:57:07 +0000 rober6thom 6799 at http://www.acton.org The Captain of Conscience http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/05/11/captain-conscience <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>The latest superhero blockbuster <em>Captain America: Civil War</em> opened to a huge box office as well as to critical acclaim last weekend. The basic dynamic of the film focuses on conflict between authority and responsibility. The film could well be understood as an extended reflection on Edmund Burke&rsquo;s observation: &ldquo;Society cannot exist, unless a controlling power upon will and appetite be placed somewhere; and the less of it there is within, the more there must be without.&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/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/2016/05/11/captain-conscience" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 11 May 2016 17:19:16 +0000 rober6thom 6795 at http://www.acton.org Christianity and the Rise of Capital http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/05/04/christianity-rise-capital <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>Given that he was a member of the famously ascetic Franciscan order with his own reputation for detachment from worldly things, Bernardine of Siena (1380&ndash;1444) was remarkably insightful about money. Most people are understandably surprised to learn that some of the important intellectual developments that first enabled finance to become an engine of growth were made by men who had, for the most part, freely taken vows of poverty.</p><p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/05/04/christianity-rise-capital" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 04 May 2016 14:14:35 +0000 rober6thom 6794 at http://www.acton.org Bruce Wayne: A Capitalist Superhero http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/04/27/bruce-wayne-capitalist-superhero <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/people/daniel-menjivar">Daniel Menjivar</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The real hero of the recently released <em>Batman v. Superman</em> film is an often overshadowed character, Bruce Wayne. Batman&rsquo;s alter ego, Bruce Wayne is the CEO of Wayne Enterprises and the hero that Gotham, and in the case of this film, Metropolis needs too. Bruce Wayne is, in fact, a capitalist superhero.</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/good-business-does">The Good That Business Does</a> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/04/27/bruce-wayne-capitalist-superhero" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 15:42:35 +0000 rober6thom 6791 at http://www.acton.org Time and Eternity: The Abiding Profit http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/04/20/time-eternity-abiding-profit <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/people/abraham-kuyper">Abraham Kuyper</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>With the destruction of this present form of the world, will the fruit of <a href="https://www.crcna.org/welcome/beliefs/position-statements/common-grace">common grace</a> be destroyed forever, or will that rich and multiform development for which common grace has equipped and will yet equip our human race also bear fruit for the kingdom of glory as that will one day exist as the new earth, under the new heaven, overflowing with righteousness?</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/common-grace-gods-gifts-fallen-world-vol-1">Common Grace: God&#039;s Gifts for a Fallen World, vol. 1</a> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/04/20/time-eternity-abiding-profit" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 20 Apr 2016 14:46:22 +0000 rober6thom 6788 at http://www.acton.org Money and Moral Absolutes http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/04/13/money-moral-absolutes <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>From the beginning of the first forms of capitalism in northern Italy, Flanders, and other parts of medieval Europe from the eleventh century onward, many of the merchants involved in increasingly sophisticated forms of finance wrote inscriptions such as <em>Deus enim et proficuum</em> (&ldquo;For God and Profit&rdquo;) in the upper corners of their accounting ledgers. Others opened their partnership contracts with the formula such as <em>A nome di Dio e guadangnio</em> (&ldquo;In the Name of God and Profit&rdquo;).</p><p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/04/13/money-moral-absolutes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 13 Apr 2016 15:03:58 +0000 rober6thom 6787 at http://www.acton.org Hard Times for Free Trade http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/04/06/hard-times-free-trade <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/staff/kishore-jayabalan">Kishore Jayabalan</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Every four years, Europeans ask me to make sense of the strange happenings of the US presidential campaign. It&rsquo;s usually a pretty straightforward explanation, with the Democrats cast as the closest thing we have to European social democrats and the Republicans as, well, Americans. This year, however, I am telling them we may be witnessing something altogether different and unpredictable, but which may mean the end of an era that has shaped modern Europe as we know it.</p><p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/04/06/hard-times-free-trade" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 06 Apr 2016 14:21:07 +0000 rober6thom 6785 at http://www.acton.org Martin Luther on Vocation and Serving Our Neighbors http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/03/30/martin-luther-vocation-serving-our-neighbors <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/people/gene-edward-veith">Gene Edward Veith</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="col-sm-12" style="padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px;"> <p>For Martin Luther, vocation is nothing less than the locus of the Christian life. God works in and through vocation, but he does so by calling human beings to work in their vocations. In Jesus Christ, who bore our sins and gives us new life in his resurrection, God saves us for eternal life. But in the meantime he places us in our temporal life where we grow in faith and holiness. In our various callings&mdash;as spouse, parent, church member, citizen, and worker&mdash;we are to live out our faith.</p></div><p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/03/30/martin-luther-vocation-serving-our-neighbors" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 30 Mar 2016 15:12:06 +0000 Michael Severance 6783 at http://www.acton.org The EU: Global Judicial Despotism and the International Criminal Court http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/03/22/eu-global-judicial-despotism-international-crimina <p>The European Union&rsquo;s goal of creating a post-nation-state, supranationally governed world&mdash;in which nations give up key aspects of their national sovereignty to a web of international institutions that administer and enforce a body of international law&mdash;is diametrically opposed to U.S. identity and ideals. Americans&rsquo; instinctively refuse to recognize as legitimate any international organization, law or treaty that claims any authority over Americans above the U.S.</p><p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/03/22/eu-global-judicial-despotism-international-crimina" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Tue, 22 Mar 2016 19:21:35 +0000 rober6thom 6782 at http://www.acton.org Feel the Romantic Bern http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/03/16/feel-romantic-bern <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>Public choice theory, which applies to the realm of politics the rational-actor postulate of economists, rightly enjoys a high regard among advocates of liberty. From voting habits to inefficient, Kafkaesque bureaucracies, to the strength of special interest lobbies and rent-seeking behavior, public choice has shined a bright light on the need to affirm limited government and political freedom. It is politics, <a href="http://grad.mercatus.org/sites/default/files/Buchanan-%20Politics%20without%20Romance.pdf">to use James Buchanan&rsquo;s phrase</a>, &ldquo;without romance.&rdquo;</p><p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/03/16/feel-romantic-bern" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 16 Mar 2016 15:05:17 +0000 rober6thom 6778 at http://www.acton.org Alexander Hamilton’s Warning to Fans of Trump and Sanders: Populism Endangers Liberty http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/03/09/alexander-hamilton%E2%80%99s-warning-fans-trump-sanders-po <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>Populism is in. Reason is out. That picture seems to characterize contemporary American politics. While Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders are campaigning for two different parties&rsquo; presidential nomination, the two men share in common an incoherent populism. Whether it&rsquo;s Trump&rsquo;s tirades about China or Senator Sanders&rsquo; insistence that the government can do just about everything and anything, both follow the classic populist playbook.</p><p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/03/09/alexander-hamilton%E2%80%99s-warning-fans-trump-sanders-po" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 09 Mar 2016 16:15:28 +0000 rober6thom 6776 at http://www.acton.org Pope Francis, Donald Trump and the Problem of Populism http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/03/02/pope-francis-donald-trump-problem-populism <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/staff/kishore-jayabalan">Kishore Jayabalan</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>After&nbsp;<a href="http://www.acton.org/global/article/letter-rome-francis-trump-populist-nexus">first broaching</a> the subject of the populism of Pope Francis and Donald Trump last September, I admit to being provocative, perhaps excessively so. Then the pope and Trump engaged in a <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/election-us-2016-35607597">controversy</a> over building walls, with Trump initially taking exception to having his religious faith questioned. &ldquo;Who is the pope to judge?&rdquo; he may have asked.</p><p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/03/02/pope-francis-donald-trump-problem-populism" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 02 Mar 2016 15:34:46 +0000 rober6thom 6769 at http://www.acton.org Crossing the Waters of Freedom http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/02/24/crossing-waters-freedom <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/people/ismael-hernandez">Ismael Hernandez</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Although its roots are often attributed to Latin America, liberation theology was born in German schools of theology in the early twentieth century. From this birthplace in the ivory towers of the Old World, priests and theologians brought it to the jungles and plains of the New. Troubled by the genuine needs of the natives, these populist theologians challenged the pre-capitalist system that perpetuated the poverty of Latin lands.</p><p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/02/24/crossing-waters-freedom" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 24 Feb 2016 14:37:19 +0000 rober6thom 6766 at http://www.acton.org A Conservative’s Odyssey: Russell Kirk and Twentieth-Century American Conservatism http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/02/17/conservative%E2%80%99s-odyssey-russell-kirk-twentieth-cent <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>Though it&rsquo;s not accurate to say that modern American conservativism did not exist until the publication of Russell Kirk&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.amazon.com/The-Conservative-Mind-Burke-Eliot/dp/0895261715"><em>The Conservative Mind</em></a> (1953), it&mdash;along with Kirk&rsquo;s subsequent writings&mdash;provided serious intellectual substance to the reaction against modern liberalism that surfaced during Barry Goldwater&rsquo;s 1964 presidential campaign and culminated in Ronald Reagan&rsquo;s 1980 victory. One of the many strengths of Bradley J.</p><p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/02/17/conservative%E2%80%99s-odyssey-russell-kirk-twentieth-cent" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 17 Feb 2016 16:18:34 +0000 rober6thom 6753 at http://www.acton.org Determinism, Dependency, and the Irreducible Person http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/02/10/determinism-dependency-irreducible-person <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/people/ismael-hernandez">Ismael Hernandez</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sociological determinism informs our public policy. Those with a stake in the maintenance and expansion of government bureaucracies feed upon pathology and find a willing constituency among those who perceive the world in terms of victims and perpetrators. If men are not free, they are not responsible for their misdeeds and ought instead to be treated with pity for falling prey to tragic misfortunes. They are to be healed by those who understand their powerlessness.</p><p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/02/10/determinism-dependency-irreducible-person" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 18:59:16 +0000 rober6thom 6747 at http://www.acton.org Lessons of the Flint Water Crisis http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/02/03/lessons-flint-water-crisis <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/staff/kishore-jayabalan">Kishore Jayabalan</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>As a native of Flint, Michigan, I am very saddened by the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flint_water_crisis">contaminated water crisis</a> that has broken out in my hometown and has now gathered <a href="http://www.mercatornet.com/articles/view/flints-water-crisis-is-a-blatant-example-of-environmental-injustice1/17517">international attention</a>. What&rsquo;s even sadder is that I am not terribly shocked that such a crisis could take place there.</p><p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/02/03/lessons-flint-water-crisis" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 03 Feb 2016 15:10:34 +0000 rober6thom 6745 at http://www.acton.org