Joseph Sunde

Joseph Sunde is an associate editor and writer for the Acton Institute. His work has appeared in venues such as The Federalist, First Things, The Christian Post, The Stream, Intellectual Takeout, Foundation for Economic Education, Patheos, LifeSiteNews, The City, Charisma News, The Green Room, Juicy Ecumenism, Ethika Politika, Made to Flourish, and the Center for Faith and Work.

Recent blog posts by this author

Free Kids, Free Society: Overcoming the Myths of ‘Safetyism’

As America’s "great awokening" continues to unfold, we see the emergence of a peculiar new brand of safetyism and self-protectionism. Whether observed in the range of student-led riots and intimidation efforts at college campuses or the...

Why 'Young Hearts' Tend Toward Socialism

The common clichés about “kid socialists” are now well-embedded in the American imagination. The path is well-worn: young person attends college, reads Karl Marx in Sociology 101, buys Che Guevara t-shirt, attends progressive protests, supports...

Let's Talk About Big, Bad, Greedy Capitalism

“When you see the greed and the concentration of power, did you ever have a moment of doubt about capitalism and whether greed is a good idea to run on?” That question was famously asked by Phil Donahue to economist Milton Friedman in a popular...

Aldi and the Virtues of 'Brutal Efficiency'

In recent years, we’ve witnessed a food revolution of sorts, leading to expansive consumer choice and an increasing emphasis on healthy or specialty foods that are locally and ethically sourced. In turn, a flurry of grocery chains have capitalized...

The Virtues of Boredom in an Anxious Age

Today’s parents are fixated on setting their children on strategic paths to “success”— cramming their days with lessons, sports, clubs, camps, and so on. The goal: to enrich their kids’ lives with new knowledge and experiences. Or, more commonly, “...

How San Fransisco’s Housing Policy Makes it Harder for the Homeless

I recently highlighted California’s counterproductive restrictions on private efforts to feed the homeless. But the state’s policies aren’t just inhibiting the bottom-up activities of non-profits and charities. They’re also...

New Regulations Cause California Soup Kitchen to Close Its Doors

For the past four years, Deliverance San Diego has been delivering hot meals to the city’s homeless population every Friday, averaging 200 donated meals on any given evening. Now, due to new guidelines passed by the State...

‘The Great Awokening’: The Threat of America’s New Political Religions

The decline of religion in America is real—that is, depending on how you define “religion.” Weekly church attendance is in decline, as is self-identification with a formal religion, denomination, or belief system. Meanwhile, the rise of...

How the $15 Minimum Wage is Pushing New York’s Car Washers to the Margins

As protests for a $15-per-hour minimum wage continue to rage across the country, cities like Seattle and Minneapolis and states like California and New York have begun to adopt such schemes, leading to a...

‘Cosby’ Actor Reminds Us of the Dignity of Work

After a decades-long career in film, theater, and education, actor Geoffrey Owens decided to take a part-time job as a cashier at Trader Joe’s. When customers and news outlets began posting photos of the actor bagging groceries, the resulting...

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