Joe Carter

Joe Carter is a Senior Editor at the Acton Institute.

Recent blog posts by this author

Can Summer Jobs Reduce Violent Crime?

Several decades of social science has shown a correlation between joblessness among disadvantaged youth and violent crime. While remediation has not been shown to lead to prevention, there is some evidence that summer jobs can. For example a ...

Progressives Propose to Eliminate Over a Million Jobs Held by the Working Poor

The Democratic presidential candidates are in agreement on a proposal to eliminate 1.3 million jobs nationwide. That’s not the way they would frame the issue, of course. Saying that you will eliminate over a million jobs held by the poorest...

7 Figures: How Americans Spend Their Time

Every year the Bureau of Labor Statistics releases the American Time Use Survey (ATUS), which measures the amount of time people spend doing various activities, such as paid work, childcare, volunteering, and socializing. Here are seven...

Five Facts About Women's Suffrage

This week marks the centennial anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Here are five facts you should know about women’s suffrage and the amendment: 1. The 19th Amendment doesn’t directly mention women. The text states...

Should the Boston Marathon Bomber Get to Vote?

During a CNN town hall on Monday, a student asked Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Kamala Harris whether they would allow felons in prison to vote: You have said that you believe that people with felony records should...

Five Facts About Tax Day and Income Taxes

Today is Tax Day, the day when individual income tax returns are due to the federal government. Here are five facts you should know about income taxes and Tax Day: 1. The first national income tax in the United States was in 1861 soon...

How the Minimum Wage Affected Workers During (and After) the Great Recession

The law of demand is one of the most fundamental concepts of economics. This law states that, if all other factors remain equal, the higher the price of a good, the less people will demand that good. Most of the time this is too obvious to mention....

Five Facts About Fascism

This past Saturday was the 100th anniversary of the forming of the  Fascist movement in Milan, Italy in 1919. Here are five facts you should know about fascism: 1. Benito Mussolini coined the term “fascism” in 1919 to describe his political...

How to Make America Smart Again

Over the past week America has been fascinated and appalled by the latest college admissions cheating scandal. Much of the attention has been focused on the bribing of coaches to get kids into school with fake athletic credentials. But the even more...

Why the Minimum Wage Shouldn't Be a Family Wage

Nostalgia is a powerful drug, and one that seems to a have particular potent effect on politicians. Consider, for example, a recent tweet by Massachusetts’s senator and Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren. Last Saturday she said...

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