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Dedicated to the promotion of a free and virtuous society, Acton Line brings together writers, economists, religious leaders, and more to bridge the gap between good intentions and sound economics. 
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    The genius of Abraham Kuyper

    The genius of Abraham Kuyper

    In the early 1900’s, the Netherlands was under the rule of a dynamic prime minister, Abraham Kuyper. A multi-faceted figure, he implemented significant change in a vast array of sectors and contributed his work to Dutch society as a statesman, a journalist, a historian, a University founder, and a Calvinist theologian, among many other things.
    But what can contemporary economic and political reasoning gain from the work of a man who was not a conventional economist?
    In this episode, Dan Hugger, librarian and research associate here at the Acton Institute is joined by Peter Heslam, director of Transforming Business and a senior member of Trinity College at the University of Cambridge to discuss Kuyper’s teachings on Business & Economics. Heslam is also published widely on business, economics, religion, and is the author of Creating Christian Worldview: Abraham Kuyper’s Lectures on Calvinism. Hugger and Heslam discuss the life of Abraham Kuyper, his genius, and the role he plays in societal understanding in our modern age.
    Although not purely an entrepreneur or economist, Abraham Kuyper was able to comment on business and economics because he was engaged analytically in almost every sector of life, reflecting his belief that all spheres are interconnected under the sovereignty of God. For Kuyper, sound reasoning and action, no matter what sphere it pertains to, under the ordinance of God necessitates it as truth. Similarly, The Acton Institute is devoted to the mutuality and synthesis of economics and morals. When a worldview is good, true, and beautiful, the ultimate truth of every facet in human existence logically follows from one to another.
    Bio | Peter Heslam, D.Phil.
    Faith in Business
    Acton Bookshop | On Business & Economics 
    Acton Bookshop | The Abraham Kuyper Collection 
    Acton Line | How should Christians engage the world? In conversation with Abraham Kuyper  
    Acton Line | Abraham Kuyper's "Common Grace" 
    Abraham Kuyper: ‘The school belongs to the parents’ 
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    • 36 min
    The problem of industrial policy

    The problem of industrial policy

    Industrial policy is making a comeback in political discourse as a key issue to be tackled in maintaining America’s dominance internationally. Industry has always been a greater reflection of the trademarks of America; its efficiency, economic values, and its entrepreneurial spirit. However, in America’s current understanding of industrial policy, among other issues, it leans towards the government seizing the role of the market for itself; to control the economy in job opportunities and losses, unaccompanied by the natural flow of the market.
    In this episode, Dr. Samuel Gregg, Acton Institute’s director of research is joined by Dr. Veronique de Rugy, a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, to discuss the industrial soul of American society, and if it is to be adopted as a major governmental policy, its ramifications on the American economy. Also discussed are ideas like the word itself: “industry,” and how it has become politically opportunistic in the hasty push for its accompanied legislation, it is utilized as an umbrella term to push many other policies through that pertain to public sectors outside of industry itself, like education, R & D, and training.
    Innovation comes best from competition and creative freedom, not government intervention. The remaining question is: does a federal-centered industrial policy hinder American citizens and business’ ability to adjust to the ebb and flow of a natural economy?
    Bio | Veronique De Rugy 

    Veronique de Rugy on The Made in America Podcast - Biden's Infrastructure Plan
    Infrastructure Insanity, by Dr. Veronique de Rugy 
    Edmund Burke’s conservative case for free markets, by Dr. Samuel Gregg 
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    • 48 min
    PC culture on college campuses

    PC culture on college campuses

    Generation Z is a demographic group born between the late 1990’s and early 2010’s and they are beginning to trickle into workplaces. The push for open mindedness to become the norm in modern society means “Gen Zers” have already been confronted with ideas like fourth wave feminism, intersectionality, the transgender movement, and wokeism throughout their upbringing. Along with receptivity for progressive ideals, Gen Z now claims the largest percent of college attendance in history. In fact,  59 percent of 18 to 20 year olds were enrolled in colleges in 2017, compared to 53 percent of similar aged students in 2002 for the millennial generation.
    In this episode, Acton Line Producer Gabriel Geagea sits down with Acton Institute’s college interns from our Emerging Leaders program, Grace Hemmeke and Kara Wheeler, to discuss what it is like to be a young woman on a college campus in 2021. 
    A University’s purpose is to train students in developing skills needed to perform a job and instill a desire for the pursuit of higher knowledge. Is this still the case in American Universities today? With educating a generation that is the most inclined to accept progressive ideals, what role, if any, do social beliefs play on a college campus?
    Camille Paglia: The fearless feminist
    The politically correct rule at Harvard Law
    Speech codes limit campus freedom 
    Free Speech Still Not Free on College Campuses
    Terrorists or freedom fighters: What's the difference? 
    Left-wing college administrators are a mirror of American political reality 
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    Dare to speak: defending free speech for all

    Dare to speak: defending free speech for all

    Suzanne Nossel, CEO of Pen America sits down with Eric Kohn, Acton’s director of communication to discuss her new book, Dare to Speak: Defending Free Speech for All. 
    Nossel, a leading voice in support of free expression, delivers a vital, necessary guide to maintaining democratic debate that is open, freewheeling, but at the same time respectful of the rich diversity of backgrounds and opinions in a changing country. Centered on practical principles, Nossel’s primer equips listeners with the tools needed to speak one’s mind in today’s diverse, digitized, and highly divided society without resorting to curbs on free expression.
    About Suzanne Nossel 
    Dare to Speak: Defending Free Speech for All 
    Communist China forces shutdown of Apple Daily, stifling truth in pursuit of control 
    ‎Acton Line | Dylan Pahman on free speech and cancel culture
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    • 44 min
    Betsy DeVos and Sal Khan on education and entrepreneurial disruption

    Betsy DeVos and Sal Khan on education and entrepreneurial disruption

    In this episode, we're bringing you a panel discussion featuring Betsy Devos and Sal Khan that was delivered as part of Acton University Online 2021. The Panel was moderated by Jeff Sandefer, entrepreneur and founder of the Acton School of Business. 
    An educated citizenry is fundamental to securing a free and flourishing society.  Innovation, technology, and entrepreneurial endeavors are transforming education in many ways.  This panel examines common myths about learning and the provision of education, highlights the great entrepreneurial efforts to improve its quality and accessibility, and explores what the future holds in providing an education that secures creative opportunity, growth, and fulfillment for everyone.
    Bio | Sal Khan 
    Bio | Betsy DeVos 
    Bio | Jeff Sandefer 
    America's Public Schools: Crisis and Cure - Chapter 1 
    What’s driving the decline of religion in America? Secular education 
    A silver lining in the Golden State's school shutdowns 
    The Myth of a Value-Free Education 
    The Entrepreneur as Servant 
    The Biblical Case for Entrepreneurship 
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    The love of learning

    The love of learning

    Liberal Arts Education is a classical academic discipline that focuses on educating the whole person and is rooted in a lifelong study of transcendent, interdisciplinary knowledge. In June 2021, Dr. Margarita Mooney, an associate Professor in the Department of Practical Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary and Executive Director of the Scala Foundation, published her book “The Love of Learning: Seven Dialogues on the Liberal Arts” to promote liberal arts education for the improvement of education and human virtue.
    In this episode, Dr. Mooney discusses the purpose of a classical education, its preservation of moral virtue and human goodness, and its place in schools and society. Some schools and universities have built their base curriculum from a foundation of the Liberal Arts, while other individual teachers and professors are swimming against the stream by promoting its ideals: the pursuit of holistic, transformative knowledge, in their classroom.
    “The Love of Learning” tells the story of seven scholars who fell in love with learning, explores the roots that the Liberal Arts has in Western Tradition, and considers the beauty it offers our contemporary education. It also offers discussion questions between chapters to foster discussion in reading groups or for personal reflection.
    The Love of Learning: Seven Dialogues on the Liberal Arts 
    Liberal Arts Education in a Free Society 
    About Margarita Mooney 
    Scala Foundation 
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    • 45 min

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