What Does Lent Tell Us About Markets and Morals?
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What Does Lent Tell Us About Markets and Morals?

What does Lent, which starts today, have to do with markets and morals (and Cuba)? Sociologist Margarita Mooney explains:

Free markets are good because they are free. Free markets allow people to live by morals that lead people to almsgiving, to compassion, and to sometimes being willing to not consume something. Cuba’s communist economy leaves no room for freedom in production and consumption, and that lack of economic freedom is enforced by restricting political and religious freedom. There is nothing morally good about economic equality achieved by denying people the ability to reap the fruits of their work or to consume according to their own choices.

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Joe Carter

Joe Carter is a Senior Editor at the Acton Institute. Joe also serves as an editor at the The Gospel Coalition, a communications specialist for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, and as an adjunct professor of journalism at Patrick Henry College. He is the editor of the NIV Lifehacks Bible and co-author of How to Argue like Jesus: Learning Persuasion from History's Greatest Communicator (Crossway).