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What’s Wrong with Inequality?
John Tamny , Library of Law and Liberty

Not asked enough is what’s so bad about inequality in the first place? Conard asks, and correctly notes that those whose economic exploits lead to greater inequality “improve the future.” Yes, they do.

Study: Raising the Minimum Wage Leaves Automation-Prone Workers Behind
Theodore Kupfer, The Corner

A new study by economists Grace Lordan and David Neumark finds that minimum-wage increases make it likelier that low-skilled workers whose jobs can be automated will become unemployed.

Senate confirms free-market advocate Hassett as top Trump economist
Victorian Guida, Politico

The Senate on Tuesday voted 81-16 to confirm free-market conservative Kevin Hassett as President Donald Trump’s chief economist, approving a key adviser whose views clash with Trump’s base on both immigration and trade.

Edmund Burke and the Principle of Order
Russell Kirk, The Imaginative Conservative

Edmund Burke’s principle of order is an anticipatory refutation of utilitarianism, positivism, and pragmatism, an affirmation of that reverential view of society which may be traced through Aristotle, Cicero, Seneca, the Roman jurisconsults, the Schoolmen, Richard Hooker, and lesser thinkers.

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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).