#95 Paying People Not to Work

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#95 Paying People Not to Work Paying people not to work is not Biblical nor is it economically sustainable. The Good Samaritan story tells us how to care for those who can’t care for themselves.    “They pretend to pay us and we pretend to work,” is a jocular phrase I picked up in Russia. …

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#93 Public Ownership & Scarcity Part II

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#92 Public Ownership and Scarcity Part II Humans are a part of God’s natural creation.  Christian economics care how global warming affects them. Does private or public ownership care for scarce resources more effectively? Global Warming Oh, I’ve tried to stay away from this topic, because it’s so hard to get reliable data.  I “Put my…

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#92 Public Ownership & Scarcity Part I

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#92 Public Ownership and Scarcity Part I Private ownership sustains assets more securely and distributes them more fairly than public ownership. At the risk of sounding like a “summer camp report,” this podcast takes most of its information from an Alaskan cruise that was an MBA graduation gift for my wife, Ginger. Limit the Supply…

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#91 The Chicken or the Egg

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#91 Chicken or the Egg God the Creator could choose which came first. In economics, the supply (egg) must come first. Something from Something I have repeated this phrase so many times, but I keep repeating it because people just don’t listen.  The government has no money.  It must take money from its populace.  There…

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#90 Equality or Equity

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#90 Equality or Equity? Christians believe in equality of opportunity, not equity of outcomes.  This comes from our belief about salvation.  The inherent vice of Capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings.  The Inherent virtue of Socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.  Winston Churchill Here’s the difference between equality and equity.  Equality means equal opportunity. …

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#88 Don’t Fear the Future

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#88 Don’t Fear the Future The Devil and the media want you to fear the future.  A Christian Economist rationally understands that the present is better than it’s ever been, and the future is protected by God.   Where we get the Patient to Worry In letter 15 of the Screwtape letters, CS Lewis “The…

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#87 Gross National Freedom

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# 87 Gross National Freedom The intersection of Christianity and Economics is freedom.  Freedom is favored by both the Christian worldview and the economic thriving it produces. The intersection of Christianity & Economics is freedom.  I am recording this podcast during the week of July 4, Independence Day.  So it seems appropriate to address the…

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#84 Big Tech as Big Brother

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#84 Big Tech as Big Brother Christian Economists don’t want a Big Brother, because we have a Good Father. The Free Market Forum is a conference supported by Hillsdale College in Michigan.  I have attended a few times and always learned something valuable about the interaction of Christianity and Economics.  A couple years ago, there…

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#83 Secular Stagnation

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Secular Stagnation Secular stagnation is caused by economic policies that are rooted in a non-Christian worldview. “The award for shortest-lived economic theory in history goes to Larry Summers for Secular Stagnation.” That’s a quip I wrote to a friend a few years ago.  Here’s the background.  There were questions about why the economy was not…

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#82 Shopping Cart Economics

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The Economics of Self-Governing Self-governing is a Christian concept that improves economic outcomes for all consumers. The Shopping cart theory Here’s a story that’s been going around the social media outlets.  The shopping cart is the ultimate litmus test for whether a person is capable of self-governing. To return the shopping cart is an easy,…

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