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The Facts about Food Stamps Everyone Should Hear
Rachel Sheffield and T. Elliot Gaiser, The Foundry

Food stamp spending has roughly doubled in the past four years, and part of this is clearly due to the recession. However, food stamp spending has been on an upward climb since the program began back in the 1960s.

Why Do We Hate the Suburbs?
Keith Miller, Q Ideas

Suburbs have been getting a bad rap for a while now. But recently, Anthony Bradley struck a nerve in his probing post on the dysfunctions of Evangelical twenty-somethings.

Bangladeshi Workers Need Free Markets
Sheldon Richman, Reason

What needs discussing — and radical changing — is the country’s political-economic system, which benefits elites while keeping the mass of people down.

What Has ‘Market-Based’ Become?
K.R. McKenzie, The Umlaut

The term “market-based” has been used so much, both disparagingly and in praise, that it’s lost all meaning.

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).


  • RogerMcKinney

    The article on suburbs was great! I think the anti-suburbia theme was
    popular with socialists because they understood that the workers there didn’t
    care for socialism. However, I would like to defend Jane Jacobs for a second.
    She didn’t like suburbs because they were built by city planners with elitist
    attitudes about how people should live. She opposed the miles of housing
    unbroken by any retail or other business because some city planner thought all
    activities should be segregated. I think Jacobs would have liked the suburbs of
    Houston which did not suffer from planning, which results in boring sameness.