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Norman Borlaug: The American Who Fed The World
Jarrett Skorup, AFF Doublethink Online

Called “arguably the greatest American in the 20th century,” during his 95 years, Norman Borlaug probably saved more lives than any other person.

‘Earned success’
Marvin Olasky, World

Free enterprise is fair, says economist Arthur Brooks, and arguments for it should emphasize its morality

Why Men Drop Out of the Labor Force
Catherine Rampell, New York Times

The most frequent reason given by men 25 to 54 for leaving the labor force over the last 15 years was illness or disability. For women, a majority left to become household caregivers.

Political Economy for Embodied Souls
John Attarian, The Imaginative Conservative

Are we embodied souls created by a transcendent God, whose purpose it is to struggle upward toward Heaven? Or are we creatures of matter, rational animals, pleasure-seeking and pain-shunning, with utility maximization as our life’s goal? Kirk affirmed the former; economic utopians of Left and Right, the latter.

Joe Carter Joe Carter is a Senior Editor at the Acton Institute. Joe also serves as an editor at the The Gospel Coalition, a communications specialist for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, and as an adjunct professor of journalism at Patrick Henry College. He is the editor of the NIV Lifehacks Bible and co-author of How to Argue like Jesus: Learning Persuasion from History's Greatest Communicator (Crossway).