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How Populist Progressives Ignore the Unseen
John O. McGinnis, Law and Liberty

What separates a wise political economist or politician from a foolish one is the ability to consider the unseen consequences of their policies.

Just Consumption: An Aristotelian Approach to Consuming in an Age of Superabundance
Owen Kelly, Moral Markets

Some motivations for consuming, above and beyond what we need, can be defended as meeting desires which are legitimate and neither trifling nor silly, but part of living well in the modern material world

Resentment of the Wealthy Is Not a Policy
Tyler Cowen, Bloomberg Opinion

Why the various plans to get the rich to pay more taxes won’t be as popular as the Democrats think.

How Venezuela Took the Fastest Route to Poverty
Anne Bradley, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

But bad economics, poor policy decisions, and terrible institutions will trump the engines of human creativity and entrepreneurship every time.

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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).