Acton Lecture Series
Pope Francis has frequently critiqued capitalism, most famously in his encyclical Laudato Si': On Care for Our Common Home. But is it true that a capitalist society cannot also be a society that cares for the environment and the poor? In this lecture, Professor Robert Whaples will cover the strengths of capitalism from an economist’s viewpoint, and then detail what Pope Francis sees as its failures. What can economists learn from the pope?
Communism took power in Cuba through deceit and intrigue in 1959. While Fidel Castro denied he was a communist, promising to restore democracy in the island, he began consolidating totalitarian rule and exporting revolution in Latin America and Africa. As the totalitarian dictatorship became evident, Cuba's democratic resistance defied the Castro regime in two phases: 1959-1966 (violent resistance) and 1976 - present (non-violent resistance).
America is living through a social crisis that has expressed itself in every facet of our national life. But the temptation to see that crisis exclusively through a political lens, or to understand it as a function of Donald Trump, threatens to lead us astray. What really lies behind our era of frustration and anxiety?
Acton University 2018
The Honorable Janice Rogers Brown, retired judge of the United States Circuit Court for the District of Columbia, delivers an evening plenary address as part of Acton University 2018 on June 21, 2018 at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Kenneth Elzinga, Robert C. Taylor Professor of Economics at the University of Virginia, delivers an evening plenary address as part of Acton University 2018 on June 20, 2018 at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His topic for the evening was C.S. Lewis and Freedom: Christianity's Most Famous Apologist Meets Adam Smith.
Acton In The News
Alejandro Chafuen of the Acton Institute discusses the problems of inflation and corruption in Latin America, noting that printing money is "stealing knowing that you are stealing and lying knowing that you are lying."
"Emitir moneda es mentir sabiendo que se miente y robar sabiendo que se roba."
WZZM television in Grand Rapids, Michigan examines the Charity Navigator rankings of Grand Rapids area nonprofits. Acton ranks first of the organizations in their survey, and is one of a handful of organizations nationwide to receive a perfect score from Charity Navigator.
Acton 27th Anniversary Dinner
On October 18 2017, United States Secretary of Education and former member of the Acton Institute board of directors Betsy DeVos addressed an audience of nearly 1,000 people at Acton's 27th Anniversary Celebration at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids, Michigan. DeVos has been one of President Donald Trump's most controversial appointees to his cabinet, and her appearance in Grand Rapids attracted protests similar to those she has encountered at other speaking engagements across the country.
United States Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos delivers her remarks at the Acton Institute's 27th Anniversary dinner at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids, Michigan on October 18, 2017.
Acton Institute President and co-founder Rev. Robert A. Sirico delivers remarks at the Acton Institute 27th Anniversary Dinner. The event took place on October 18, 2017 at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Radio Free Acton
On this episode of Radio Free Acton, host Caroline Roberts speaks with Dave Hebert, Professor of Economics at Aquinas College for another Econ Quiz segment on the topic of pensions and state debt. Then, on the Upstream segment, Bruce Edward Walker talks to Phil Terzian, a writer for The Weekly Standard, on the blind spots in the legacy of Frida Kahlo as well as our modern understanding of Stalinism.
On this episode of Radio Free Acton, Victoria Antram, summer intern at Acton, speaks with Luke Burgis, a businessman who was named a top 25 under 25 entrepreneur by Business Week, about the myths and misconceptions about entrepreneurship. Then, on the Upstream segment, Bruce Edward Walker talks to J. Bradley Studemeyer about government funded art in anticipation of the upcoming book Art from the Swamp.
Acton Institute Director of Research Samuel Gregg examines Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's recent proposal for the provision of a universal basic income to all citizens. This interview took place on The Drew Mariani Show on Relevant Radio.
Victor Claar, Professor of Economics at Henderson State University and Affiliate Scholar at the Acton Institute, joins host Julie Roys and Jenny Eaton Dyer of Hope Through Healing Hands on Moody Radio's Up For Debate to discuss how Christians should respond to President Trump's first budget proposal, especially as it relates to proposed cuts in US foreign aid.
Acton Feature Films
The west has made itself the protagonist of development, giving rise to a multibillion dollar poverty industry. From TOM's Shoes to international adoptions, the film challenges each of us to ask the tough question: Could I be part of the problem?
For the Life of the World: Letters to the Exiles
For the Life of the World is an entertaining film series that explores the deeper meaning of Salvation. Have you ever wondered, “What is my Salvation actually FOR?” Is it only about personal atonement, about getting to heaven, or something that comes later? Is it just to have a “friend in Jesus?”
The Birth of Freedom
The American founders said that all men are created equal and are endowed with certain unalienable rights--that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. They called this a self-evident truth. But humans are separated by enormous differences in talent and circumstance. Why would anyone believe that all men are created equal? That all should be free? That all deserve a voice in choosing their leaders? Why would any nation consider this a self-evident truth? How is freedom born?
The Call of the Entrepreneur
A merchant banker. A failing dairy farmer. A refugee from Communist China. Why do their stories matter? One risked his savings. One risked his farm. One risked his life. Because how we view entrepreneurs shapes the destinies of individuals and nations.
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