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Nothing to Celebrate
Pierre Yared, City Journal

A century after the Bolshevik revolution, we should remember Communism’s stark legacy—including mass starvation.

Washington failed on health care so Bezos and Berkshire are jumping in
Joseph Antos, AEU

Jeff Bezos, Warren Buffett and Jamie Dimon have decided to reform health care, at least for their employees, but with the possibility that their solutions may improve health care more widely. The message is clear. Washington, you did not fix the problem. It’s the private sector’s turn now.

Millions of Americans as destitute as the world’s poorest? Don’t believe it.
Ryan Briggs, Vox

On January 24, the New York Times published an opinion piece by Angus Deaton, a Nobel Memorial Prize-winning economist, in which he claimed that millions of Americans — specifically, 3.2 million to 5.4 million, depending on the poverty line used — “are as destitute as the world’s poorest people.” This is simply wrong.

A Thinker You Should Know: Wilhelm Röpke
John Zmirak, The Imaginative Conservative

Wilhelm Röpke infused his detailed analyses of modernity with a sensitive respect for the values of tradition and religious faith and their critical importance in building social and economic order.

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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).