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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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    A chat with the filmmakers behind The Chosen

    A chat with the filmmakers behind The Chosen

    In this episode, Eric Kohn, Acton’s director of communications, sits down with Dallas Jenkins, director of The Chosen, an online multi season TV series depicting the life of Jesus. Later in this episode, Kohn interviews Jonathan Roumie, the actor who portrays Jesus.
     
    The Chosen is the largest crowdfunded media project of all time. According to The Chosen website: “Season 2 was fully funded in November 2020. This time 125,346 people contributed a total of $10,000,000. 86% of people who funded Season 1 also funded Season 2, with an average contribution of $299.99.” Season 3 is over 90% crowdfunded. This has been achieved completely outside the Hollywood system, with no plans of ever being sold to a major studio.
    Watch | The Chosen TV 
    How A Crowdfunded Christian TV Series Could Change Entertainment 
     
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    • 59 min
    There’s no free lunch

    There’s no free lunch

    In this episode, Eric Kohn, Acton’s director of communications, sits down with David L. Bahnsen to discuss his new book, There’s No Free Lunch. In his book, Bahnsen explores how the free market has enabled hundreds of millions of people to rise from the depths of poverty and achieve a higher quality of life. In fact, there is no better economic system for human flourishing. However, a contagion has begun infecting public opinion with regard to capitalism in general and free markets specifically. Call it socialism, progressivism, or leftism, more and more people each day are turning away from the time-tested free market that has been absolutely essential to the prosperity of nations around the world. The question is, Why?
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    There's No Free Lunch: 250 Economic Truths
    David Bahnsen on GameStop, RobinHood and market populism
    About David Bahnsen
    ‎Capital Record Podcast
    Sirico & Bahnsen: Liberty & Morality in the Midst of Crisis 

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    • 59 min
    Race and justice in America

    Race and justice in America

    In this episode, Dylan Pahman, executive editor and research fellow here at the Acton Institute, sits down with Kevin Schmiesing, director of research at the Freedom & Virtue Institute and coauthor and editor of the newly released Race and Justice in America. They discuss cultural tensions stemming from race and justice issues, the civil rights and Black Lives Matter movements, and how to move forward in a peaceful, unified manner. 
     
    Race and Justice in America tackles the most enduring and provocative issues with a rare combination of intellectual sophistication and bracing realism. Featuring the writings of John Sibley Butler, Ismael Hernandez, and Kevin Schmiesing, this collection is an original and necessary contribution to our national discourse.
    Race and Justice in America: The Civil Rights Movement, Black Lives Matter, and the Way Forward 
    Freedom & Virtue Institute 
    About Kevin Schmiesing 
    The Economy of Order: Justice Requires Love
    Acton Lecture Series - Black Liberation Through the Marketplace: Hope, Heartbreak, and the Promise of America 
    Justice, applied equally 
    Institutionalizing the critical race revolution 
    America's two warring views of race 
    Is Critical Race Theory un-American? 
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    • 47 min
    Digital privacy and surveillance capitalism

    Digital privacy and surveillance capitalism

    Digital technology has undoubtedly brought many benefits, but it has also come with growing threats to our privacy, our families and businesses, our mental health, and our freedom. Call it digital contagion. From cancel culture to fake news, from data collection and surveillance to outright social manipulation, we are bombarded by content that insidiously influences our behavior and threatens our security and even our livelihood.
    In this episode, Eric Kohn, Acton's director of communications, sits down with Michael Matheson Miller, Acton senior research fellow, to discuss Michael's new book, Digital Contagion: 10 Steps to Protect Your Family & Business from Intrusion, Cancel Culture, and Surveillance Capitalism.
    Digital Contagion: 10 Steps to Protect your Family & Business from Intrusion, Cancel Culture, and Surveillance Capitalism 
    Bio | Michael Matheson Miller 
    Google and surveillance capitalism
    The panic over Big Tech
    Civil society in a time of pandemic 
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    • 50 min
    A Christian guide to fasting

    A Christian guide to fasting

    Increasingly, people are turning to intermittent fasting to bolster their health. But we aren’t the first people to abstain from eating for a purpose. This routine was a common part of our spiritual ancestors’ lives for 1,500 years.
     
    In his new book, Eat, Fast, Feast: Heal Your Body While Feeding your Soul―A Christian Guide to Fasting, Jay Richards argues that Christians should recover the fasting lifestyle, not only to improve our bodies, but to bolster our spiritual health as well. He draws upon forgotten insights from the Christian tradition on fasting and feasting and combines them with the growing body of modern scientific literature on ketogenic diets and fasting for improved physical and mental health, arguing that re-thinking our modern diet with an eye toward these ancient insights and new discoveries will lead us to a far more healthy and wholesome lifestyle.
    Today, Dylan Pahman, research fellow at Acton and executive editor of the Journal of Markets and Morality, talks with Jay Richards about his new book and how Christians can and should recover the fasting lifestyle, not only to improve our bodies, but to bolster our spiritual health as well.
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    Eat, Fast, Feast: Heal Your Body While Feeding Your Soul―A Christian Guide to Fasting | Jay W. Richards
    Jay W. Richards bio
    Acton’s 31st Annual Dinner

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    • 40 min
    The panic over Big Tech

    The panic over Big Tech

    On October 3, 2021, Frances Haugen—the so-called Facebook whistleblower—appeared on 60 Minutes to detail her time with the social media giant, as well as the content of the thousands of internal documents that reveal, according to her, the "conflicts of interest between what was good for the public and what was good for Facebook.” Two days later, she was testifying before Congress, who had hauled Big Tech CEOs like Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter’s Jack Dorsey, Google’s Sundar Pichai, and others before them at least a half-dozen times in recent years.
    The conventional wisdom is that Big Tech and social media platforms like Facebook are a threat: to our way of life, to our democracy, and even to our happiness and our well-being.
    But is this threat real or just moral panic? 
    Today, Acton senior research fellow Michael Matheson Miller talks with Robby Soave, a senior editor at Reason and author of the new book Tech Panic: Why We Shouldn’t Fear Facebook and the Future. In the book, and in this interview, Soave examines the recent kneejerk calls to regulate Big Tech from both sides of the aisle. He argues that we should balance our concerns about Big Tech with the consequences of altering the ecosystem that allowed tech to get big in the first place, cautioning us to at least ask the question, “Are we sure we really want to do this?”
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    Tech Panic: Why We Shouldn't Fear Facebook and the Future | Robby Soave
    Whistleblower: Facebook is misleading the public on progress against hate speech, violence, misinformation | 60 Minutes
    Digital Contagion: 10 Steps to Protect your Family & Business from Intrusion, Cancel Culture, and Surveillance Capitalism | Michael Matheson Miller
    Scott Lincicome on Section 230 and social media | Acton Line
    Hold internet companies responsible for content on their platforms, not just the government | Paul Clyde, Acton Institute
    Acton’s 31st Annual Dinner

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    • 42 min

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