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The False Social Concerns About Right-to-Work
James M. Hohman, Mackinac Center

In the Detroit Free Press, Stephen Henderson expresses concern that right-to-work states are doing worse than forced unionism states in a number of social trends.

Jonathan Rauch’s (Mostly) Failed Agenda for Hurting Workers – and What Would Work
Greg Forster, Hang Together

I see lots of attention being paid to this article by Jonathan Rauch on the economic crisis of America’s working class. He’s looking at the right problem, but he’s looking at it all wrong.

The Cliff Hangs on the Fed: Why Ben Bernanke Controls the Economy’s Fate
Ramesh Ponnuru and David Beckworth, The Atlantic

The liberal nightmare about the fiscal cliff is overwrought, since the Fed has the power to avert disaster. If Bernanke acts properly, Congress could cut spending deeply without risking a recession.

From “Third Ways” to the First Way
Bonchamps, The American Catholic

The search for an economic and political “third way” between socialism and capitalism has been underway since the early 20th century, if not sooner. In Catholic circles, Distributism is a third way that many are eager to discuss.

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).