Rev. Ben Johnson

Rev. Ben Johnson

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Rev. Ben Johnson is senior editor at the Acton Institute, where he edits Religion & Liberty Transatlantic. In addition to being an experienced journalist, editor, and radio commentator, he is also an Eastern Orthodox priest.

Recent blog posts by this author

The BBC’s Critique of ‘I, Pencil’ Misses the Point

Leonard Read’s immortal essay “I, Pencil” has persuaded more people of the wonders of the free market than possibly any other comparable work – so many that the BBC recently posted an article attacking it. However, anyone reading both articles will...

The Tax That Closed 3,600 Doctors' Offices

A UK tax policy intended to soak the rich has caused highly specialized physicians and surgeons to retire early, depriving more than a million citizens of their services. A new report details the extent to which progressive taxation has harmed...

And the First Country to Ban Fake News Is...

For months, French President Emmanuel Macron has asked European leaders to crack down on fake news. At last, someone has taken his advice. Last month, Vladimir Putin signed a law banning Russian websites from posting “fake news” stories. The...

Notre Dame May Be Rebuilt as a Secular Monument

The flames that consumed the spire of Notre Dame and burned the 856-year-old church to its foundations could have been doused by the tears of the faithful. If France heeds calls to rebuild the cathedral as a reflection of what modern “French people...

How Hope Fosters a More Prosperous Society

Is it possible for people to improve their lives through hard work, or is the system rigged against you? Your answer – and your results – may depend on your faith. On EWTN, Carl Cannon of RealClear Politics discussed a poll in...

Single-Payer Healthcare Topples Nordic Government

Failure to reform the national health system has led the government to collapse in one of the most statist governments following the Nordic model. Prime Minister Juha Sipilä of Finland and his cabinet members have resigned after...

‘Is It OK to Still Have Children?’

Is it morally permissible to have children? That question – which should have gone out with “What’s your sign?” or “Who shot J.R.?” in the 1980s – has come roaring back in a United States in which the birthrate continually hits new...

‘Pay What You Can Afford’ Runs Panera Out of Bread

Panera has announced that it will close the last of its charitable stores, which allowed people to pay whatever they wished for a meal, because it was costing too much dough. The Boston store will shut its doors permanently this Friday...

Denmark to American Politicians: We’re Not Socialist

Democratic Socialists have presented Denmark as the elusive nation where socialism has been successful, and thus a model for the policies they would implement in the United States. Bernie Sanders regularly invoked Denmark during the 2016...

What Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Gets Wrong about Europe

During her interview with 60 Minutes on Sunday, newly sworn in Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez justified her vision of democratic socialism by invoking a caricature of Europe. When asked if she wanted to turn...

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