John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton, more commonly known as Lord Acton, was a prolific scholar, writer statesman, and historian, known as "the magistrate of history," as well as the namesake of the Acton Institute.
In modern society, a false dichotomy seems to exist. On one side, people say that Christians are called to fill the Earth and exercise dominion over it, to use its resources as good stewards and to be productive. Other Christians claim that we must restore where humanity has polluted and use our resources more wisely. Scripture and a rich theological history, show us that these views are not only compatible, but are also achievable.
Lobbying, subsidies, tax breaks, regulations, and legislation are all tools used by corporations and government agencies to give unfair advantages to certain businesses while harming their rivals. Meanwhile, small and medium businesses are shut out and consumers can pay the price for limited competition. This causes distortions in the market and weakens the moral framework that should hold together a free society.
Brexit, protests, terror attacks, immigrant crises, expansive debt and welfare state obligations. The list of the EU's woes are many. Acton experts from across the globe offer their commentary on the wide range of issues that face the EU today, and offer insights on where the EU is headed, and what it must do to survive.
Politicians on both the left and right have demonized free trade in recent years. Many have ridden a populist surge animated by nationalism and a push back against economic globalization. Acton experts explain how free trade is a powerful driver of wealth creation, poverty alleviation and human flourishing.