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JUNE 23-24
JUNE 23-24


Over the last five-and-a-half years, I’ve served as the executive editor of the Acton Institute. In a sense, this fulfilled a very young man’s dream. I remember the joy I felt when I read about the founding of the Acton Institute in 1990. My father, an accountant, explained elementary economic truths to me at a young age, so I grew up seeing the laws of economics prevail over bankrupt, if well-meaning, theories time and again. As a teen, I had a subscription to FEE’s journal, The Freeman. When I learned that a new institute intended to connect the truths of economics to my newly rekindled faith, I marked it as an organization to watch.

I connected with Acton when I was the managing editor of another publication and I commissioned an article from Fr. Robert Sirico on liberation theology. In 2010, I drove across Michigan to see Jordan Ballor give a dazzlingly insightful presentation at an “Acton on Tap” event at a Grand Rapids bar. Two years later, I was invited to attend Acton University. The rest, as they say, is history – and so, too, now is this chapter of my professional life. I’ve decided I must step away from my work with Acton.

Far beyond asking you for anything more, I want to thank you, our readers, for all you’ve given me. Thank you for the privilege of sharing my thoughts and inspirations with you for all these years … and for sharing yours with me. God bless you all, now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.

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Rev. Ben Johnson (@therightswriter) is an Eastern Orthodox priest and served as Executive Editor of the Acton Institute (2016-2021), editing Religion & Liberty, the Powerblog, and its transatlantic website. He has extensively researched the Alt-Right. Previously, he worked for LifeSiteNews and, where he wrote three books including Party of Defeat (with David Horowitz, 2008). His work has appeared at DailyWire.comNational Review, The American Spectator, The Guardian, Daily Caller, National Catholic Register, Spectator USA, FEE Online, RealClear Policy, The Blaze, The Stream, American Greatness, Aleteia, Providence Magazine, Charisma, Jewish World Review, Human Events, Intellectual Takeout,, Issues & Insights, The Conservative, Rare.usand The American Orthodox Institute. His personal websites are and His views are his own.