#105 The Free Market Feeds the Poor

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#105 The Free Market Feeds the Poor Father Robert Sirico has become the Lord Acton of our generation for telling Pope Francis that the free market feeds the poor. How else would there be enough “leftovers” to give away? I am a great admirer of Father Robert Sirico.  He founded the Acton Institute in Grand…

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#103 We’re All Agents

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#103  We’re All Agents We all act as agents for someone.  Christians should be agents of God’s calling, creating goods and services that enrich our neighbors.   The First Organizational Structure In Exodus 18:13, we find the first story of organizational structure. It reads: “Moses took his seat to serve as judge for the people, and…

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#102 The Debt Ceiling

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#102 The Debt Ceiling Federal debt is stealing.  It limits freedom.  And, it assumes US Treasury bureaucrats are not fallen.  The debt ceiling provides some protection against governmental excess.  Life is full of grand promises that never come true.  Sweets without calories.  Energy that’s free. A perpetual motion machine.  This week, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen…

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#101 Inflating Inflation

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101 Inflating Inflation Government policies are increasing inflation that harms the poor and violates the scriptural mandate about “honest measures. Inflation is one of the two evils of macroeconomics, along with its devilish brother: Unemployment.  Inflation usually happens by an over-heated economy, but poor economic policy can also inflate inflation, and that’s what we’re seeing…

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#100 Takers Are Not Makers

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#100 Takers Are Not Makers Conquerors (takers) seldom beat their swords into plowshares and become economic producers (makers). So, the Taliban will probably not build a sustainable economy.   Early in your study of economics, you probably learned about opportunity cost.  I advise my students to have only one dating relationship at a time.  And,…

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#98 The Myth of National Self-Reliance

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#98 The Myth of National Self-Reliance Countries who cut themselves off from global trade become poorer through their own self-reliance. Discriminating against other countries is not Christian, nor is it economically fruitful. Early in the semester, I ask the athletes in my class to tell where they’re from and what denominational church they belong to. …

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#97 Feeling vs Thinking

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#97 Feeling vs Thinking We live in a time of stupidity.  Since we believe “The truth will make you free,” the Christian Economist encourages us to do more thinking and less feeling.   How many times have you asked, “How can people believe such stupid stuff?”  I often remind Ginger that she believes a woman got…

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