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Why Poverty, Inc. is a Must-See Documentary
Ericka Andersen, The Corner

If you aren’t familiar with the documentary, I highly recommend adding it to your viewing schedule in haste. While the film came out a couple of years ago, it was only recently released on Netflix and to a wider audience — and has been embraced by liberals and conservatives alike.

Everything We Knew About Sweatshops Was Wrong
Christopher Blattman and Stefan Dercon, New York Times

In the 1990s, Americans learned more about the appalling conditions at the factories where our sneakers and T-shirts were made, and opposition to sweatshops surged. But some economists pushed back. For them, the wages and conditions in sweatshops might be appalling, but they are an improvement on people’s less visible rural poverty.

The American Founders Knew A Virtuous Republic Requires Virtuous People
Mike Sabo, The Federalist

Incredibly, it has become controversial to argue the founding founders supported natural rights and the need to cultivate moral citizenry. In the ‘The Political Theory of the American Founding,’ Thomas G. West offers a convincing and necessary corrective to modern scholarship.

A Bipartisan Case for School Choice
Melissa Moschella , Public Discourse

Let’s set aside partisanship and unite to provide disadvantaged children with the educational opportunities they deserve. Rather than deny low-income families the same educational choice that wealthier families enjoy, we should seek other ways to improve the quality and efficiency of public schools.

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).