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Please Raise My Taxes?

Rather than calling for the federal government to do more income redistribution, it might be useful to have states and localities examine what works in other jurisdictions.

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.

Speaker Ryan Invites a Social Doctrine Conversation

America needs many serious conversations in this age of the demagogic tweet and the rabid talk-radio sound-bite. One of them is about the scandal of poverty amidst vast wealth and the empowerment of the poor.

Complacent or Crazy?

Two new books try to think explicitly about how our attitudes toward change contribute to the mood of the moment.

This New Study Shows how Important it is for Kids to have Married Parents

A look at family trends from more than 60 countries bolsters the case that we should be protecting families through a social-legal institution that makes it harder to break up our children’s lives.

The New Unworking Class

Nicholas Eberstadt’s Men Without Work shows how the erosion of family roles contributes to men’s trend away from employment.

Trump’s Child-Care Proposal: Be Like Sweden?

The media do not understand the effects of child-care policies, but they know they don’t like Trump’s.

Entitlement Reform Remains an Absolute Necessity

Entitlement reform is not optional. If we wait until a crisis is upon us, the cuts will be blunt and disruptive.

What Government Can’t Do

Our political crises are to a very considerable degree downstream of our cultural ones.

A New Homestead Act—To Jump Start the U.S. Economy

The GOP should propose a new Homestead Act that reforms federal tax law, unemployment compensation, income-support efforts and welfare programs to encourage worker mobility.