Economics

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Homelessness in Colonial New England

Since starting this weekly column in June 2022 I’ve covered lots of topics, including homelessness in late medieval England — but I’ve shorted American history. Since today, April 19, is the anniversary of the battles in Lexington and Concord that started the Revolutionary War in 1775, it’s a good day on which to take a rapid ride through the New England countryside and summarize common responses to homelessness in the 17th and 18th centuries. Read More ›
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SCOTUS Will Hear Arguments in Controversial Homelessness Case that Will Impact Cities Nationwide

As homelessness hits all-time highs across the country, the United States Supreme Court will hear arguments next Monday about whether the enforcement of generally applicable laws regulating camping on public property are constitutional. The case will determine how cities nationwide are allowed to respond to the crisis of homelessness. Read More ›
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Zimbabwe’s Central Bank Starts Africa’s Path to a Gold Standard

This month, the Central Bank of Zimbabwe launched a new gold-based currency, the first gold-based currency from a government since Richard Nixon effectively ended the world gold standard system in 1971. As long as the Central Bank of Zimbabwe adheres to some important principles, and doesn't play politics, it should be fine. Read More ›
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The U.S. Has No Choice but to Undertake Radical Economic Change

Burdened with $34.5 trillion in national debt that is currently growing by $1 trillion every 100 days, the U.S. economy is headed for disaster. It falls on the next administration to change that trajectory while also introducing policies that increase and broaden economic growth and wealth creation for everyone. Read More ›
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Drugs and Homelessness

Last week we gave our third annual set of Zenger Prizes to ten journalists for articles or podcasts that emphasize good street-level reporting and a willingness to see that all human beings have value. One of the winners we announced is Sam Quinones, for an article he wrote in The Atlantic updating his acute analysis of America's drug crisis. Read More ›
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Easter Is the World’s Most Historically Verified Holiday

While there are skeptics of the biblical Jesus, there's far more reliable historical evidence for His life, teachings, miracles, death, and resurrection than for other leading historical figures of ancient times, such as literary greats Virgil and Horace and military kings like Alexander the Great. Read More ›
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No Address: An Interactive Study Guide

A four-session interactive Bible study, based on the documentary Americans with No Address, that examines the biblical response to people experiencing homelessness. Homelessness is not an “issue”; it’s an opportunity for the church to love our neighbors. In this four-session interactive Bible study, we examine what Scripture has to say on the topic. A companion to the documentary Americans with Read More ›

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The Exorbitant Eviction Waiting Game

When management of a Tacoma housing community leased an apartment to Morgan* in 2022, they never imagined the ensuing behavior in her unit would cost them well over $58,000. Or that she would, despite the behavior, still be living there today. Nearly an entire building of apartment homes sits vacant on the property due to activity in Morgan’s unit. Read More ›