Joe Carter

Joe Carter is a Senior Editor at the Acton Institute.

Recent blog posts by this author

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...

1 in 5 Lack Basic Literacy in These 3 States. Here's Why That Matters.

Adult illiteracy is one of the most overlooked socio-economic problems in America. Illiteracy can increase unemployment and poverty while lowering family stability and community flourishing. Here are five facts you should know about adult...

Is Your Child Wealthier Than Half the World's Population?

CNN: “The top 26 billionaires own $1.4 trillion — as much as 3.8 billion other people” Time magazine: “The World’s Top 26 Billionaires Now Own as Much as the Poorest 3.8 Billion, Says Oxfam” The Guardian: “World’s 26 richest people own as much...

More Americans Find "Meaning in Life" Through Money than Faith

What makes your life meaningful? For Christians the answer should be some variation of our faith in God. But if that’s your answer you are distinctly in the minority in the U.S. The Pew Research Center conducted two separate surveys, one...

15 Things You Should Know about the 2018 Partial Government Shutdown

1. What just happened? On Friday, the federal government entered a partial shutdown after the Senate failed to pass a spending bill that includes border wall funding. President Trump refuses to sign any additional funding that does not include $5...

Christmas 2018 by the Numbers

As the most widely observed cultural holiday in the world, Christmas produces many things—joy, happiness, gratitude, reverence. And numbers. Lots of peculiar, often large, numbers. Here are a few to contemplate this season: $75 – Average...

5 Facts About the Kim Dynasty of North Korea

President Trump began a historic summit with the North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. Here are five facts you should know about the Kim family, the secretive autocratic regime that has ruled North Korea for more than sixty years. (Note: To avoid...

5 Facts about Karl Marx

This Saturday is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Karl Marx, the most destructively influential writer on economics in world history. Here are five facts should know about the German philosopher and co-author of The Communist Manifesto...

5 Facts about Frederick Douglass

Here are five facts about Frederick Douglass (1818-1895), writer, orator, statesman, abolitionist:and one of America’s greatest champions of individual liberty:  1. Douglas was born into slavery in Maryland circa 1818. (Like many slaves, he...

Pages