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The U.S. takes a disturbing plunge into protectionism
George F. Will, Washington Post

The descent of American capitalism into a racket is being greased by professed capitalists in government, in collaboration with professed capitalists in what is called, with decreasing accuracy, the private sector.

Poll: Almost a Third of Millennials Identify as Socialists
Joe Simonson, The Daily Signal

n a recent poll of millennials’ political identification, 18 percent responded “Yes, a democratic socialist,” 8 percent with “Yes, a socialist,” and 5 percent with “Yes, either a socialist or a democratic socialist.”

Why Assumptions About ‘Rising Inequality’ Are Wrong
Neema Parvini, Quillette

The past year has seen a spate of books worrying about the decline of Western liberal democracy. One of the lazy and unexamined assumptions in these books is the idea that “rising inequality” is a causal factor for the current wave of so-called populism witnessed in Europe and America.

Did the Internet Displace Social Capital?
Fabio Sabatini, Institute for Family Studies

A new study finds that the exposure to fast Internet displaced some dimensions of social capital, but not all of them.

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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).