Acton Commentary http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2013/10/16/pub/religion-liberty Acton Commentary is published weekly by the Acton Institute. en 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 Oregon Medicaid Study Doesn’t Love Big Brother http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/01/15/oregon-medicaid-study-doesn%E2%80%99t-love-big-brother <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>If a large Oregon study is any indication, the Affordable Care Act may drive up frivolous emergency room visits and do little to improve people&rsquo;s physical or economic health.</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.nber.org/oregon/">Oregon Health Insurance Experiment</a> began after Oregon budgeted to add several thousand people to their Medicaid rolls and held a lottery to fill the slots, giving researchers a randomized pool to test the effects of having health insurance.</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/prescription-health-care-reform">A Prescription for Health Care Reform</a> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/01/15/oregon-medicaid-study-doesn%E2%80%99t-love-big-brother" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 16:20:11 +0000 Acton Web 6213 at http://www.acton.org Pope Francis, without the politics http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/01/08/pope-francis-without-politics <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/staff/rev-robert-sirico">Rev. Robert A. Sirico</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>In 2005 I was invited to Rome by the BBC to provide commentary for the events surrounding the death of Pope John Paul II and the subsequent conclave that would elect Joseph Ratzinger as Benedict XVI. On the day the cardinals entered the conclave, I was on camera with the veteran BBC correspondent Brian Hanrahan (who died in 2010) and who seemed incredulous that the College of Cardinals might elect Ratzinger who had just given a memorable homily to the cardinals in which he decried the &ldquo;dictatorship of relativism.&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/catholicisms-developing-social-teaching">Catholicism&#039;s Developing Social Teaching</a> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/01/08/pope-francis-without-politics" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 16:44:11 +0000 Acton Web 6210 at http://www.acton.org The Minimum Wage, Family Values, and the Noted Christian Academic http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2013/12/31/minimum-wage-family-values-noted-christian-academi <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/people/hunter-baker">Hunter Baker</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>During a recent visit to Twitter, I happened across a post from a noted Christian academic.&nbsp; He had composed the kind of pithy remark which is tailor-made to launch a hundred admiring retweets.&nbsp; Paraphrasing slightly, it was something like this:&nbsp; &ldquo;Conservatives, don&rsquo;t talk to me about family values if you don&rsquo;t endorse a minimum wage increase.&rdquo;&nbsp; I am sure that he thought it was a pretty high-powered zinger.&nbsp;</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/economics-christian-perspective">Economics in Christian Perspective</a> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2013/12/31/minimum-wage-family-values-noted-christian-academi" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 16:43:21 +0000 Acton Web 6208 at http://www.acton.org Gratification and Civilization http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2013/12/24/gratification-civilization <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/gratification-civilization_0.jpg" style="width: 200px; height: 310px;" /></div> <p>This Christmas morning millions of children all over the world will race downstairs to open presents in eager anticipation. Savvy parents will sometimes wait to put gifts under the tree until Christmas Eve, as curiosity often gets the best of kids in the days leading up to Christmas morning.</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/2013/12/24/gratification-civilization" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Tue, 24 Dec 2013 16:11:06 +0000 Acton Web 6207 at http://www.acton.org The Great Exchange of the Magi http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2013/12/24/great-exchange-magi <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> <div class="caption alignright"> <img alt="" src="/sites/v4.acton.org/files/pub/christmas2013_0.jpg" style="width: 200px; height: 275px;" /></div> <p>On the Nativity of Jesus Christ, Christians celebrate the birth of the Son of God incarnate to a poor, socially-disgraced couple, in the coldness of a cave, the place of the Christmas manger according to ancient tradition. St.</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/2013/12/24/great-exchange-magi" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Tue, 24 Dec 2013 16:09:15 +0000 Acton Web 6206 at http://www.acton.org Mandela’s Example http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2013/12/18/mandela%E2%80%99s-example <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/people/garreth-bloor">Garreth Bloor</a> </div> </div> </div> <blockquote> <p>Let freedom reign. The sun never set on so glorious a human achievement.</p> <p><em>-- Nelson Mandela upon being sworn in as President of South Africa in 1994.</em></p> </blockquote> <p>CAPE TOWN -- Described in his home country as the greatest South African that ever lived, Nelson Mandela was a man whose dedication to individual dignity and freedom was a model for a country&rsquo;s people who had for so long been divided.</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/call-entrepreneur-dvd-study-guide">The Call of the Entrepreneur DVD and Study Guide</a> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2013/12/18/mandela%E2%80%99s-example" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 17:20:39 +0000 Acton Web 6204 at http://www.acton.org Religious Liberty versus Secular Tyranny http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2013/12/18/religious-liberty-versus-secular-tyranny <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>James Madison called religious freedom the &ldquo;lustre of our country&rdquo; and a guaranteed right elevated above political authority. But in today&rsquo;s America, some leaders, including President Obama, are trying to redefine the inherent meaning of religious freedom by renaming it &ldquo;freedom of worship.&rdquo; This revision implies that you are free to believe and practice what you want as long as it is confined inside the walls of physical houses of worship &ndash; a hollow promise compared to the robust guarantee offered by the First Amendment.</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/stewardship-study-bible">Stewardship Study Bible</a> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2013/12/18/religious-liberty-versus-secular-tyranny" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 17:13:06 +0000 Acton Web 6202 at http://www.acton.org Doctors Disappear http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2013/12/11/doctors-disappear <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>A curious feature of recent U.S. health care reform efforts &mdash; easily overlooked amidst the daily media grind of canceled plans, crashing websites and new restrictions &mdash; is the irrational belief that we can extend more health care to more Americans while rendering a career as a family physician increasingly unappealing.</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/prescription-health-care-reform">A Prescription for Health Care Reform</a> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2013/12/11/doctors-disappear" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 17:18:08 +0000 Acton Web 6201 at http://www.acton.org Solar-Powered Simplicity: A First-World Luxury http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2013/12/04/solar-powered-simplicity-first-world-luxury <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 statement for the <a href="http://unfccc.int/meetings/warsaw_nov_2013/meeting/7649.php">Warsaw Conference on Climate Change</a> in November, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of the Orthodox Church <a href="http://www.patriarchate.org/documents/patriarchal-message-cop-19">asks</a>, &ldquo;When will we choose to live more simply?&rdquo; Anyone advocating asceticism as a healthy Christian response to consumerism and materialism will receive three cheers from me, my Patriarch not least of all.</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/2013/12/04/solar-powered-simplicity-first-world-luxury" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 16:46:44 +0000 admin 6197 at http://www.acton.org Tyranny is the True Enemy http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2013/11/27/tyranny-true-enemy <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 second installment of the Hunger Games trilogy, <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1951264/">&ldquo;Catching Fire,&rdquo;</a> opened last weekend to popular and critical acclaim, and the film adaptation certainly does not disappoint. It is generally a faithful and gripping translation of Suzanne Collins&rsquo; post-apocalyptic vision of the origins of revolution in a tyrannical world. Much has been made of the religious, and even specifically Christian, themes of the series.</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/2013/11/27/tyranny-true-enemy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 21:51:00 +0000 Acton Web 6192 at http://www.acton.org Welcome to the New Corporatism http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2013/11/20/welcome-new-corporatism <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>To state that Americans are deeply disillusioned with their political masters, whatever their party, is surely <em>the</em> understatement of 2013. A <a href="http://www.people-press.org/files/legacy-pdf/10-18-13%20Trust%20in%20Govt%20Update.pdf">recent Pew survey, for example, indicated that just 19 percent of Americans trusted the Federal Government</a> &ldquo;to do what is right just about always or most of the time.&rdquo; That&rsquo;s an all-time low since polling began on this issue in 1958.</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/2013/11/20/welcome-new-corporatism" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 16:21:09 +0000 Acton Web 6190 at http://www.acton.org Enlisting the Private Sector in the Fight against Human Trafficking http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2013/11/13/enlisting-private-sector-fight-against-human-traff <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>Human trafficking is a scourge in our world, and there are many ways to fight it. Typically, we think of NGOs and charitable organizations, but more and more of the private sector is taking up the cause. In a special report, the <a href="http://bamthinktank.org/">Business As Mission Global Think Tank</a> offers concrete ways for-profit businesses can be a vital component in this battle.</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/2013/11/13/enlisting-private-sector-fight-against-human-traff" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 18:36:06 +0000 Acton Web 6180 at http://www.acton.org Too Big to Flourish http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2013/11/06/too-big-flourish <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>One of the phrases circulating in popular discourse as the world endures the hangover from <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Financial_crisis_of_2007%E2%80%9308">Global Financial Crisis</a> is that of &quot;Too Big to Fail,&quot; a reference particularly to banks that couldn&#39;t be allowed to go bankrupt lest the worldwide network of finance dissolve.</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/2013/11/06/too-big-flourish" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 16:06:56 +0000 Acton Web 6178 at http://www.acton.org Gaia's Vengeance: The Caustic Cliché of Environmentalism http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2013/10/30/gaias-vengeance-caustic-clich%C3%A9-environmentalism <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/people/ryan-h-murphy">Ryan H. Murphy</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Most of the religious right has correctly distanced itself from groups such as the Westboro Baptist Church. Christianity is not about hate and the group&#39;s actions at prominent memorials and other events only advance America&#39;s secularization. Spreading the falsehood that a mass shooting or the lives claimed by a natural disaster was the price to pay for a sin of society is as vile as it is blasphemous.</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/unstoppable-global-warming">Unstoppable Global Warming </a> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2013/10/30/gaias-vengeance-caustic-clich%C3%A9-environmentalism" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 18:50:12 +0000 admin 6172 at http://www.acton.org The Spending Splurge and the End of Sacrifice http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2013/10/23/spending-splurge-end-sacrifice <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>As our nation&rsquo;s $17 trillion debt spirals out of control, and spiritual disciplines decline in the West, we need to face the reality of America&rsquo;s inability to collectively sacrifice. Even the 150<sup>th</sup> anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg seemed to pass this year with scant attention, as if such extreme sacrifice is alien and distant to our way of life today.</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/economics-christian-perspective">Economics in Christian Perspective</a> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2013/10/23/spending-splurge-end-sacrifice" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 15:10:25 +0000 Acton Web 6170 at http://www.acton.org An Eastern Orthodox Moral Case for Property Rights http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2013/10/23/eastern-orthodox-moral-case-property-rights <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>As a pastor, I&rsquo;ve been struck by the hostility, or at least suspicion, that some Orthodox Christians reveal in their discussions of private property. While there are no doubt many reasons for this disconnect, I think a central factor is a lack of appreciation for the role that private property can, and does, play in fostering human flourishing.</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/property">Property</a> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2013/10/23/eastern-orthodox-moral-case-property-rights" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 15:03:40 +0000 Acton Web 6168 at http://www.acton.org Self-Discipline Today or Hardship Tomorrow http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2013/10/16/self-discipline-today-or-hardship-tomorrow <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 the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Western-Asceticism-Library-Christian-Classics/dp/0664241611/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1346214085&amp;sr=1-2&amp;keywords=western+asceticism&amp;tag=acton04-20"><em>Sayings of the Desert Fathers</em></a>, a collection of wise stories and sayings from the first Christian monks, the following is attributed to one Abba Zeno: &ldquo;Never lay a foundation on which you might sometime build yourself a cell.&rdquo; This saying has at least two possible applications: 1) Do not start something you do not intend to see through.</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/stewardship-study-bible">Stewardship Study Bible</a> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2013/10/16/self-discipline-today-or-hardship-tomorrow" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 16 Oct 2013 17:29:38 +0000 Acton Web 6167 at http://www.acton.org