As we come near to the end of another year, we want to thank readers of PowerBlog for reading, commenting, and sharing our posts over the past twelve months.
If you’re a new reader we encourage you to catch up by checking out our top ten most popular posts for 2016:
1. Work is a gift our kids can handle
The abundant prosperity of the modern age has brought many blessings when it comes to child-rearing and child development, offering kids new opportunities for education, play, and personal development. Yet even as we celebrate our civilizational departure from excessive child labor, we ought to be wary of falling into a different sort of lopsided lifestyle.
2. No, John Oliver Did Not Give Away $15 Million. You Did.
Oliver didn’t top Oprah nor was he involved in one of the largest giveaways ever on TV. The actual amount of money that Oliver gave away wasn’t that significant — $60,000 — but he was able to fool people who don’t know much about economics into thinking he actually gave away $15 million.
3. Alexis de Tocqueville Vs. Bernie Sanders
What exactly is the kind of socialism supported by Bernie Sanders and many other Americans? He’s said that it’s not Marxism and that he supports private business. It’s a “soft socialism” Gregg explains.
4. How to understand Snowpiercer (Posted in 2014)
Snowpiercer is the most political film of the year. And likely to be one of the most misunderstood.
5. Explainer: What You Should Know About the Flint Water Crisis
The crisis has been blamed on a failure of government at all levels.
6. Explainer: What You Should Know About Presidential Primaries
Political parties are independent organizations that choose who will be their candidate at a presidential nominating convention.
7. Pokémon GO is the Sweet, Successful Fruit of Failure
In a weekend, Pokémon GO has already taken our smartphones by storm. But where did it come from?
8. Understanding Trump: The Deal-Maker as Artist
In the history of American politics, there has never been a candidate quite like Donald Trump.
9. Explainer: What You Should Know About The Syrian Refugee Controversy
Recently more than half the nation’s governors—27 states—have expressed opposition to letting Syrian refugees into their states. Many lawmakers in Congress are also considering legislation that would suspend the Syrian refugee program. Here is what you should know about the current controversy.
10. A Guide to Laudato Si: A Section-By-Section Summary of Pope Francis’ Encyclical on the Environment (Posted in 2015)
ope Francis has released his eagerly anticipated encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si’. While the document deserves a close reading, it’s extreme length (80 pages/45,000 words) will make it difficult for many people to process. To help highlight some of the key points I’ve produced a section-by-section summary of the entire encyclical.