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Acton Unwind is a weekly roundtable discussion of news and current events through the Acton Institute's lens on the world: promoting a free and virtuous society and connecting good intentions with sound economics. Host Eric Kohn is joined by Dr. Samuel Gregg and other Acton Institute experts for an exploration of news, politics, religion, and culture.
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Acton Unwind is a weekly roundtable discussion of news and current events through the Acton Institute's lens on the world: promoting a free and virtuous society and connecting good intentions with sound economics. Host Eric Kohn is joined by Dr. Samuel Gregg and other Acton Institute experts for an exploration of news, politics, religion, and culture.
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    Are we prepared for exponential technological growth?

    Are we prepared for exponential technological growth?

    This week, Eric Kohn, Stephen Barrows, and Dan Churchwell discuss the new vaccine mandate President Joe Biden has announced for businesses larger than 100 employees, to be administered by OSHA. In what ways are they failing to consider the role of incentives, and what unintended consequences might this effort have? Will it just drive people further into their political corners and continue to undermine faith in our institutions? Then, they discuss a new piece in Wired from Azeen Azhar about the concept of exponential growth. Are we prepared for a time when technological growth happens at a blinding pace? Can we even effectively prepare for it? Are we at all prepared to cope with the unrest that it will create?
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    The Exponential Age will transform economics forever | Wired
    The Way Amazon Uses Tech to Squeeze Performance Out of Workers Deserves Its Own Name: Bezosism | WSJ
    The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger | Marc Levinson
    The Technology Trap: Capital, Labor, and Power in the Age of Automation | Carl Benedikt Frey
    Ezra Klein Interviews L.M. Sacasas | New York Times

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    The Texas abortion law & the social responsibility of business

    The Texas abortion law & the social responsibility of business

    This week, Eric Kohn, Sam Gregg, and Stephen Barrows discuss the corporate reactions to SB 8, the new abortion law in Texas, including the pledge from the rideshare company Lyft to pay for any potential legal fees for drivers, as well as to make a $1 million contribution to Planned Parenthood. Is this just responding to the market and what their customers want? Or are politics overwhelming corporate decision making and leading them astray? Then, they discuss the strict Covid-19 lockdown measures in Australia. Will political leaders experience any kind of comeuppance for over-promising and under-delivering on dealing with the pandemic? And finally, Eric, Sam, and Steve all reflect on the 20th anniversary of 9/11.
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    Defending drivers and women’s access to healthcare | Lyft
    Josh Szeps tweet thread
    Gray Connolly tweet thread
    Australia’s Crazy Covid Response | City Journal
    20 for 20 podcast: 20 Stories for 20 Years Since 9/11

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    We are not cogs for social engineers

    We are not cogs for social engineers

    This week on Acton Unwind, Sam Gregg, and special guests Dan Hugger and Michael Miller discuss the ongoing developments in Afghanistan as we approach the 31st deadline. Then, they discuss the $3.5 trillion infrastructure bill and how we can look to C.S. Lewis for guidance on how to respond. What is human infrastructure? Is the United States a civilization-building nation? Is all truth subjective? 
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    Biden’s ‘stimulus’ for a growing economy is all about central control 
    Afghanistan I fought for lacks foundation for freedom 
    A Taliban 9/11 - William McGurn 
    Bio | Michael Miller 
    Bio | Dan Hugger 

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    Have the Taliban changed?

    Have the Taliban changed?

    This week on Acton Unwind, Eric Kohn, Sam Gregg, and special guest Mustafa Akyol discuss the latest developments in Afghanistan, as the United States works feverishly to get Americans out of the country. How many refugees should the United States accept? What will rule by the Taliban look like? Have they changed at all, as some people have suggested? Then, Eric and Sam discuss the FDA’s final approval of the COVID vaccines, the lockdowns in Australia and New Zealand and the resistance they have produced, and whether our elites and civic leaders are more incompetent than they were in the past, or whether the velocity and availability of information just makes it seem that way.
    Mustafa Akyol
    Reopening Muslim Minds with Mustafa Akyol - Acton Line
    Welcoming the stranger: The dignity and promise of Afghan refugees - Joseph Sunde

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    • 54 min
    The Taliban retake Afghanistan

    The Taliban retake Afghanistan

    This week on Acton Unwind, Eric Kohn, Sam Gregg, and Dan Hugger discuss the collapse of the Afghanistan government as the United States withdraws from the country nearly 20 years after September 11th and the beginning of combat operations there. We were told a collapse might happen in a year. Instead, it took days. What lessons should be learned from this? And how are we to trust our institutions when they’re constantly shown to be either wrong or lying to us? August 15 marked the 50th anniversary of President Richard Nixon taking the United States off the gold standard. How much of the economic turbulence in the decades since can be blamed on this decision? And, what role can cryptocurrencies play in the future of monetary policy?
    “Why, as a Muslim, I Defend Liberty” by Mustafa Akyol
    “Islam and Economics: A Primer on Markets, Morality, and Justice” by Ali Salman


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    • 52 min
    They're not gonna pay rent

    They're not gonna pay rent

    In this, the inaugural edition of Acton Unwind, Eric Kohn, Sam Gregg, and Stephen Barrows discuss the extension of the CDC's unconstitutional eviction moratorium, the Biden administration's economically problematic proposal for free community college, and the New Right's infatuation with Viktor Orbán's Hungary.
    ‘Small-Time Landlords “Hanging on By Their Fingernails” as Eviction Moratorium Drags On’ - National Review
    A Landlord Says Her Tenants Are Terrorizing Her. She Can’t Evict Them. - New York Times
    Making community college free has hidden costs - Detroit News
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Fabulous New Podcast!

Acton Unwind is a fabulous new podcast that delves into politics, economics, religion, and culture, providing a Christian perspective on freedom, virtue, and the common good. Eric Kohn is a great host, Samuel Gregg is a terrific commentator, and the other guests always provide a great discussion!

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