Acton Institute: new walls being erected

Written by Paul R. Kopenkoskey on . Posted in Local

actonConservative think tank the Acton Institute recently marked its 30th anniversary by reflecting on the significance of the Berlin Wall falling in 1989. These days, new walls are being erected due to the COVID-19 pandemic, wrote Acton president Rev. Robert A. Sirico in a letter to supporters.

"Thirty years hence, the most momentous thing seared into our memoires may well be the pandemic, not only in terms of the scores who have succumbed to the virus and the attendant misery and suffering of loved ones, but also the unintended consequences of political leaders in their actions and policies to combat it," wrote Sirico.

Sirico said "new wall" are rising in the form of restrictions on the freedoms that distort free markets and the practice of faith – walls that discourage people's charitable impulse and restrict entrepreneurial activity, that encourage fiscal irresponsibility and punish thrift.

"Let me be clear: it is not my intention to superficially list complicated issues, nor downplay the importance of our efforts to stop the spread of illness," wrote Sirico. "These issues require serious debate and intelligent action, and in the midst of this good people will disagree about the best prudential solutions to these problems."
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Paul R. Kopenkoskey is a full-time freelance writer and editor for an assortment of publications including Grand Rapids Magazine, Grand Rapids Business Journal, and Faith Grand Rapids magazine. He has completed his first novel with the working title, Karl Beguiled. He and his wife, Barb, live in Wyoming, Michigan. They have three children and five grandchildren.

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