Workplace as community in an age of isolation

Despite the countless blessings of modernity, expansions in freedom and economic prosperity have been accompanied by a widespread decrease in community involvement and steady increase in loneliness. As Michael Hendrix recently put it, “Prosperity has afforded our independence from neighbors and networks.” Thanks to thinkers such as Robert Putnam, Charles Murray, and Yuval Levin, as well as politicians such as Mike Lee and Ben Sasse, our attention has shifted to how we might reignite the vibrant civic and associational life of our past. Continue Reading...

Corporations: moral, immoral, or amoral?

Is the free market moral? To hear its opponents describe it, the free market is an unethical system that exploits workers, consumers and the environment to make a quick buck. To critics such as Marx, capitalism leaves “no other bond between man and man than naked self-interest,” replacing human connections with cost-benefit analyses and supply-and-demand charts. Continue Reading...

Don’t save Barnes & Noble!

First it happened to Toys ‘R’ Us, but we did nothing (except complain). Now it may be happening to Barnes & Noble, and we will do nothing again. (Nothing except complain, that is. Continue Reading...

Are we entering an apprenticeship renaissance?

Due to a range of cultural pressures and government incentives, the four-year college degree has become somewhat of a rite of passage in economic life. From the prompts of parents and teachers to the prods of student-loan subsidies, we are routinely encouraged to double down on a cookie-cutter approach to higher education. Continue Reading...

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