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In Faith and Economics, economics professors Dr. Russ McCullough and Dr. Peter Jacobsen and philosophy professor Dr. Justin Clarke discuss big issues that impact economic freedom and human flourishing from a Christian perspective. This podcast is an initiative of the Gwartney Institute at Ottawa University.
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Russ and Levi interview Dr. Jim Gwartney, our institute's namesake. This is a wide-ranging discussion on Jim's life, experience at Ottawa University, and his opinions on the state of the world economy. Common Sense Economics book
This week the Gwartney team talks about rights again. Are these rights god given or decided on a majority of what the people believe is true. Enjoy! 
The Gwartney team this week talk about rights. What are rights? The team discusses the issues around the nationally mandated lockdowns, and if they infringed on your rights. Give it a listen! 
In this week's podcast the Gwartney team talks about the phrase, "Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and unto God the things that are God's." The phrase has become a widely quoted summary of the relationship between Christianity, secular government, and society. The original message, coming in response to a question of whether it was lawful for Jews to pay taxes to Caesar, gives rise to multiple possible interpretations about the circumstances under which it is desirable for Christians to submit to earthly authority. Here what the team's thoughts are on this phrase in today's world, enjoy!
This week the Gwartney team talks about an event that has been all over the news. The stock price of GameStop flew through the roof this last week because of some Reddit users on WallStreetBets. Give a listen to what the team thinks about this recent craze on Wall Street and how faith can be brought into the discussion. 
This week the Gwartney team talks about the first amendment. The team tries to define the meaning of free speech in our own words. Then the team tries to get to the real meaning of free speech since there isn't that clear of a definition out there. Then the team adds in a little bit of faith. Enjoy! 
This week on the show the Gwartney Institute talks about biblical anthropology and economic systems. We have special guest Dr. Jeff Haymond, Dean of the School of Business Administration and Professor of Economics at Cedarville University. Enjoy the mix of economics and faith during this episode. 
This week the Gwartney team talks about what happened at the Capital. This steers the conversation into the powers of the United States President. Do our President's have too much power, or not enough? Give it a listen. 
This week the Gwartney team talks about consumerism and gift-giving. The team discusses what consumerism is, and why it's a hot topic during the holiday season. The team also brings the faith aspect into the discussion and then finally answering if consuming during the holidays is good for the economy. Enjoy!  
This week the Gwartney team has on a special guest Galen the CEO of Urbit. We get to hear from him about what Urbit is and he answers all the questions that help the everyday person understand the importance of what their doing with Urbit 
This week the Gwartney team talks about environmentalism and resource use. There is effectively no difference between what people call renewable and nonrenewable resources is what Dr. Jacobsen says. Give a listen to what the professors have to say about this topic. 
This week the Gwartney team talks about Dr.  Peter Jacobsen's defense of his dissertation. Peter's dissertation was three papers, but the team discusses only one on the show. This paper is called More Than Labor. Enjoy.
The Gwartney team this week talks about The Great Reset. There is a video attached below that helps explain what the World Economic Forum is proposing. We advise watching this short video first, then giving the podcast a listen. The link is below, Enjoy.
This week the Gwartney team talks about the airline overbooking problem. After Dr. Peter Jacobsen introduces us to the problem and the solution the team ties his paper into faith and fairness with market solutions. Enjoy! 
The Gwartney team welcomes a great guest to the show, Larry Reed. We discuss his life and journey through faith, while also talking about his book, Was Jesus A Socialist? 
This week the Gwartney team talks about Uber and the gig economy. A gig economy is based on flexible, temporary, or freelance jobs, often involving connecting with clients or customers through an online platform. Uber has shown how successful a gig economy can become. Could we see a gig economy form in our labor force and be successful in other types of businesses?
This week the Gwartney team finishes up the economic freedom series. The discussion finishes up the last two areas of measurement for countries' economic freedom score. These last areas are freedom to trade internationally and regulations. 
This week the Gwartney team talks about economic freedom! The main cornerstones of economic freedom are personal choice, voluntary exchange, open markets, and clearly defined and enforced property rights. The podcast's discussion is centered around the economic freedom index of the world developed by Jim Gwartney. This index measures five important areas of a country which are the size of government, legal system and property rights, sound money, freedom to trade internationally, and regulation. 
This week the Gwartney team talks about the Great Barrington Declaration. The Great Barrington Declaration brings together many of the worlds best infectious disease epidemiologists and public health scientists that have grave concerns about the damaging physical and mental health impacts of the prevailing COVID-19 policies, and recommend an approach they call Focused Protection. Enjoy! Check out the declaration here:
This week's podcast we have a special guest on our show Clara Jace. Clara is a Ph.D. student at George Mason University and a Graduate fellow of the F.A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, & Economics. Her research interests revolve around the fields of family economics, public choice, and the economics of religion. The podcast dives into some of her research about the school of Salamanca. The school of Salamanca is often identified as the first economic tradition in the history of "dismal science."  Learn more about her research with the link to Clara's paper below:
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