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    These are difficult times. Demonstrations and violence erupted in many American cities in the wake of George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police officers. While voices in the public square are rightfully discussing issues of both racial prejudice and the rule of law, issues of private property rights and entrepreneurship have been neglected.

    Many small businesses and entrepreneurs already struggling with new burdens caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have been devastated by the consequences of civic unrest. The creation of wealth is essential to addressing the material impoverishment that undermines human flourishing. The best means of reducing poverty is the protection of property rights, which allow people to not only improve the lives of their families and communities but also express their creative nature.

    In this issue you will read about the importance of beauty and worship adapted from an essay by a member of the Acton Institute’s Emerging Leaders Program. It is a wonderful reminder of the importance of praise and thanksgiving in these difficult times. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, these emerging leaders are sadly not physically present with us at our offices but are still making excellent contributions to articulating a positive vision for a free and virtuous society. You will also read about the success of AU Online. The event included over 4,000 virtual attendees from around the world who were interested in exploring the ideas that are essential to a society characterized by individual liberty and sustained by religious principles.

    Two small briefs round out the issue—one about my recent radio interview on the economic impact of COVID-19 and the other an adaptation of a timely and perennial essay by Anthony Bradley written in 2014 about why black lives matter.

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    Rev. Robert A. Sirico is president emeritus and the co-founder of the Acton Institute. Hereceived his Master of Divinity degree from the Catholic University of America following undergraduate study at the University of Southern California and the University of London. During his studies and early ministry, he experienced a growing concern over the lack of training religious studies students receive in fundamental economic principles, leaving them poorly equipped to understand and address today's social problems. As a result of these concerns, Fr. Sirico co-founded the Acton Institute with Kris Alan Mauren in 1990.