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

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...

Is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Right About the New Amazon Headquarters?

After much anticipation, Amazon announced yesterday that it will open its new headquarters, HQ2, in two locations: Queens, New York, and Crystal City, Virginia. It will also open a third “Operations Center of Excellence” in Nashville....

New PBS Documentary Shows How Sweden's Socialist Success Story Falls Short

Americans tend to see Sweden as a democratic socialist utopia, although the nation changed course decisively two decades ago. A White House report, “The Opportunity Costs of Socialism,” debunked the notion of enduring Nordic socialism, and now PBS...

Democratic Socialists of America Leader: ‘If Anyone Was Ever a Socialist It Was Jesus’

Last week, Kelley Rose told the national media why she helped found a chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America: Jesus made her do it. Fittingly, she told her story at taxpayer expense. Her comments came as part of a glowing profile of the...

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