I owe a great deal to Father Robert Sirico and the outstanding people who comprise The Acton Institute. For those who aren't familiar with Acton, it is a free-market think-tank based in Grand Rapids, MI whose goal is the advancement of the ideas, ideals, and values that produce a "free and virtuous society." It is ecumenical in it's religious outlook, but decidedly Judeo-Christian in its mission.
I found Acton a few years back after interning for Dr. Marvin Olasky (editor, World Magazine) and I'm not exaggerating when I say that nearly every door that has been opened to me in recent years - from blogging/podcasting for American Enterprise Institute to a job as Director of Communications to Dennis Prager t0 meeting a whole slew of really hot conservative girls - has had someone from Acton behind it.
This week I had the privilege of interviewing my friend/mentor/hero Father Robert Sirico for the "Values and Capitalism" show that I host, and we spoke specifically about his new book: "Defending the Free Market: The Moral Case for a Free Economy"
Whether you are religious or not is totally beside the point. This book matters. This argument matters. Any of you reading this who, like me, are under 30, will understand when I say that we are in serious danger of losing the battle for the hearts and minds of my generation when it comes to free enterprise and limited government - and we're losing because the other side has convinced enough people that they have the moral high-ground. Facts and figures and Long-Run Aggregate Demand Curves do, in fact, matter. But they don't connect or resonate with the average young American quite like a "We simply want people to have a fair shot at a good life" quote from Barack Obama or (insert vapid entertainer's name here).
Great minds like Father Sirico and Arthur Brooks having been making the moral case for the things we believe for a while now and it is important to remember that even if YOU already know about them and YOU know the basic elements of their platform, almost no one else you encounter on a daily basis does. (That includes fellow conservatives/libertarians, sadly.)
So check out the book. If you'd like to hear my interview with Father Robert, you can do so right here. And let me know what you think!