Economics

“Some Christians have become enamored with the ideas of socialism and even communism.”

"First, when the terms are left undefined, they seem to describe "kind" and "benevolent" economic systems that will help the poor and raise people out of poverty. They seem equivalent to the good "social programs" in our republic. Second, there is a seeming connection with the early church as described in Acts 2:44-45 which legitimizes these systems in the minds of some Christians." - Matt Postiff

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Why Christians Should Care About Economic Ideas

"It is no coincidence that the twentieth century was the bloodiest century in human history. The ideas of totalitarianism and communism started in the universities and made their way into policy. These policies had devastating and unthinkable human consequences. Deaths resulting from direct government action against citizens in the twentieth century reached 262,000,000." - IFWE

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Samuel Gregg: “Economic nationalism will not make America great again”

"Generally, protectionist policies are implemented in order to protect workers and industries, however, they also have the effect of  throwing market incentives off balance. When a nation employing protectionist policies disincentivizes other countries from importing or exporting goods, their comparative advantage is 'dulled'" - Acton

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What Can We Learn from the Second Thanksgiving?

"Facing potential starvation, the colony abandoned their communal system. Each family was given their own land ....they alone were responsible for feeding themselves, taking to heart Paul’s admonition in 2 Thessalonians 3:10, 'The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.” This change brought dramatic results.'" - IFWE

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“... it seems we are always about to solve poverty.”

"To the extent that flourishing economies burst forth from fertile soil, it’s worth asking whether economic experiments like these can aid us in understanding how soil that is currently infertile might be enriched. But we should also ask whether some of our current efforts are poisonous rather than enriching." - Acton

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