Civics Summit 2014

Can the War on Poverty be Won?

Over 50 years ago Lyndon B. Johnson declared an unconditional war on poverty. Social security, food stamps, and a number of welfare programs were created to help the poor. While the intentions were noble, the outcome was not as desired.

We see similar patterns unfolding around the globe. Wealthy nations send monetary aid to countries suffering from starvation – yet generations continue to suffer and are often worse of after international help.

As Christians we are called to help the poor, and it is vital that we understand why these efforts are failing. By learning both economic and Biblical principles, we can find the best solutions for helping those in need.

Featured Speakers:

  • Mike Winther, President of the Institute for Principle Studies

Mr. Winther holds a degree in Political Science from the University of Idaho and has worked as a professional campaign consultant in Washington and California. Since then, Mike has been teaching government and economics and he founded the Institute for Principle Studies in 2005. Mr. Winther frequently speaks at conferences and conventions across the nation and is a member of the Mackinac Center Board of Scholars.

Dr. Ritenour received his Ph.D. in Economics from Auburn University. Before coming to Grove City College, Ritenour held the Ruby Letsch-Roderique Chair of Economics at Southwest Baptist University. Shawn is most recently the author of Foundations of Economics: A Christian View.

Michael Matheson Miller is Research Fellow at the Acton Institute and the Director and Producer of the award winning documentary, Poverty, Inc.  With some ten years of international experience, Miller has lived and traveled in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Michael lectures internationally on such themes as political and social philosophy, economic development, ethics and entrepreneurship.

Recorded Audio

Listen to the full conference sessions!  The audio is in order as it was presented at the conference.  Please note that the audio is raw and unedited. There are 12 teaching lectures in all. Feel free to listen, download and share. Enjoy!


About Civics Summit

Civics Summit is a two day conference focusing on one government or economic topic, addressing it in both theory and in practical application. Featuring guest speakers from the around country, Civics Summit dissects policies and offers biblically-based, liberty-driven solutions.

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