“Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” These are the words of Lord John Dalberg-Acton, an English historian of the 19th century and namesake of the Acton Institute.
Co-founded by Rev. Robert A. Sirico and Kris A. Mauren in 1990 in Grand Rapids, MI, the Acton Institute has a unique mission among free-market think tanks. An ecumenical organization, Acton is dedicated to promoting a free and virtuous society characterized by individual liberty and sustained by religious principles.
Defending freedom starts with understanding the dignity of individuals, made in the image of God and each given tremendous capacity to lend creativity to the market and add value to all institutions in civil society. As Lord Acton said (and Pope John Paul II later echoed), “Liberty is not the power of doing what we like, but the right of being able to do what we ought.” Liberty flourishes in a society supported by a moral culture that embraces the truth about the transcendent origin of the human person.
Acton Institute aims to communicate these ideas to religious leaders, students, and entrepreneurs through online media, articles, books, and conferences. Acton Line, Acton’s weekly podcast, does so with especial timeliness.
Bringing together economists, religious leaders, authors and more, Acton Line bridges the gap between good intentions and sound economics. Each week, we combine timeless ideas with current issues, helping people better understand and defend the value of liberty in all spheres of life.
Our first episode of Acton Line to be available on the Ricochet Audio Network is F.A. Hayek’s Road to Serfdom & The Media vs. ‘Unplanned.’
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