Daniel Garza on Latinos and Liberty
Daniel Garza, Executive Director of The LIBRE Initiative, discusses the prospects of the movement for liberty and free markets in the Latino community on this edition of Radio Free Acton.
Anne Bradley & Iain Murray on socialism and poverty
In this episode, we’re bringing you another conversation from our recent Poverty Cure Summit.The Poverty Cure Summit provided an opportunity for participants to listen to scholars, human service providers, and practitioners address the most critical issues we face today which can either exacerbate or alleviate poverty.These speakers discussed the legal, economic, social, and technological issues pertaining to both domestic and global poverty.Rooted in foundational principles of anthropology, politics, natural law, and economics, participants had the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the root causes of poverty and identify practical means to reduce it and promote human flourishing.In this conversation, moderator Scot Bertram talks with Anne Rathbone Bradley, the George and Sally Mayer Fellow for Economic Education and the academic director at The Fund for American Studies, and Iain Murray, vice president for strategy and senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute and author of the recent book, “The Socialist Temptation.” They discuss the reasons why socialism is not an effective method for reducing poverty and helping the poor regain their dignity.Highlighting the inconsistencies in thought that prevent it from ever working in practice, the panel addresses why socialism seems to be an attractive option to some young Americans and how economic freedom can point the way toward a more prosperous country for all.Anne Rathbone Bradley - The Fund for American StudiesIain Murray - Competitive Enterprise InstituteScot Bertram - Hillsdale CollegeThe Socialist Temptation - Iain MurrayAnne Rathbone Bradley on eliminating poverty through economic freedom - Acton LineAnne Rathbone Bradley on why Christians must support economic freedom - Acton Lecture SeriesThe socialist temptation with Iain Murray - Acton LinePoverty Cure SummitSubscribe to Acton Institute Events podcast
Tim Carney on Alienated America (Rebroadcast)
Today’s episode is a rebroadcast that originally aired in March of 2019, but holds incredible relevance to conversations we’re still having today.This conversation with Tim Carney, editor at the Washington Examiner and a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, explores the subject matter of his 2019 book, “Alienated America: Why Some Places Thrive While Others Collapse."To the extent that the "American Dream" is fading away in parts of the country, the problem isn't pure economics.Nor is it a case of stubborn old white men falling behind because they refuse embrace progress.Carney argues that the root cause of our problems – crumbling families, despair, and political dysfunction – is the erosion of community and local, civil institutions, most especially church.The result of a secularizing country is a plague of alienation for the working class, as people struggle to build families and improve their lives without the support structure they need.Alienated America: Why Some Places Thrive While Others Collapse - Tim CarneyVideo: Tim Carney On The Threat To Liberty From Big BusinessMore churches, more flourishing: The secret to success in middle America - Joseph SundeLyman Stone on the decline of religiosity in the United States - Acton LineSubscribe to Acton Institute Events podcast
Rev. Robert Sirico on what we learned in 2020
It’s been a challenging year.A global pandemic, violent unrest in the streets of major American cities, and a divisive presidential election have all challenged us in different ways, testing the strength of civil society and institutions at both the local and national levelThroughout the year, Acton’s president and co-founder, Rev. Robert Sirico, has offered commentary on these events as they unfolded.Now, at the end of the year, Rev. Sirico reflects on the year as it comes to a close, to see how we handled the unique trials we encountered in our public life in 2020, and how the principles articulated by the Acton Institute guided us through these trying times and will continue to provide a mechanism for gaining understanding and perspective on our world in 2021.Rev. Robert Sirico's COVID-19 commentariesRev. Robert Sirico on the Grand Rapids riots