More random links

No Republicans Need Apply
"One of the less understood criticisms of progressivism is that it is totalitarian, not in the sense that kale-eating Brooklynites want to build prison camps for political nonconformists (except for the ones who want to lock up global-warming skeptics) but in the sense that it assumes that there is no life outside of politics, that there is no separate sphere of private life, and that church, family, art, and much else properly resides within that sphere."
The Paradox of Redistribution and Strategies of Equality: Welfare State Institutions, Inequality, and Poverty in the Western Countries
"our comparative analyses of the effects of different institutional types of welfare states on poverty and inequality indicate that institutional differences lead to unexpected outcomes and generate the paradox of redistribution: The more we target benefits at the poor and the more concerned we are with creating equality via equal public transfers to all, the less likely we are to reduce poverty and inequality. "
How 'Colorblind' Christianity Broke Propaganda's Heart
"You don’t have to think about Puritans in relation to your own ancestors. Kuyper, probably one of my favorite Dutch Reformers—“there’s no part of the universe God doesn’t cry ‘mine’ over”—was the same man that said the black brain is permanently childish and will always need the white man to help him not kill himself. That’s the same dude. But y’all never had to think about that."
Do Anti-Poverty Programs Sway Voters? Experimental Evidence from Uganda
"after four years, the program raised employment by 17% and earnings 38%. This paper shows that, rather than rewarding the government in elections, beneficiaries increased opposition party membership, campaigning, and voting." Perhaps not the best incentive to get ruling parties to implement plans likely to improve the economy.