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Stepping Around Human Misery

The persistence of large numbers of homeless Americans is one of the signal policy failures of the past two generations.

Melinda Gates Is Wrong: Birth Control Isn’t Poverty Control

Even if the poor do achieve a momentary “lift” from the widespread use of artificial contraceptives, as Melinda Gates contends, it is a lift that will likely have no lasting impact. You don’t eliminate poverty by eliminating the poor.

More Misconceptions about College

Young people don’t need elite schools to succeed; they just need to finish high school, get a full-time job, and get married before having children.

Why Public-Assistance Programs Should Have More Stringent Work Mandates

It is natural to feel compassion for those less fortunate than we are. But benefits should be concentrated in programs that have the least disincentive effect to recipients’ employment in the labor market. Work, after all, leads to both higher incomes and greater human dignity.

How to Handle the Caravans

A caravan of poor people marching north to signify their misery is not a national emergency. Our inability to keep our heads might be.

What the Times Misses about Poverty

The root of much American dysfunction isn’t a failure of work but of family dissolution.

I Know How to Be Abased and I Know How to Abound

Though I used to hold Catholic social teaching in contempt, my journey to the Church forced me to rethink those presuppositions.

Viva Cristo Rey!

Many Catholic schools are closing because of decreasing enrollments and financial pressures; the Cristo Rey network, which began in Chicago in 1996, is meeting serious challenges through creative educational programs and imaginative funding.

A Special Kind of Giving

TzedekDC, a new Jewish lawyers group, is dedicated to providing pro bono debt representation for the poor.

The Catholic Church Used to be Like Silicon Valley. Can it be Again?

That the Catholic Church should put Silicon Valley—or any other institution or culture—to shame when it comes to world-changing innovation is not some tantalizing yet naïve prospect. It should be the baseline expectation for any educated Catholic.