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    Expensive kids and American birth rates

    Charles Fain Lehman of the Washington Free Beacon explores the notion that American birth rates might be declining because of expenses linked to raising kids. New data, released last week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, attracted attention by showing the wide variation in fertility among…
    Mitch Kokai, January 16, 2019
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    Red states, blue states, and the birth dearth

    Bethany Mandel writes in the New York Post about the political implications of the declining American birth rate. Turns out states across the Midwest and Southeast fare better than those in the Northeast and on the West Coast. South Dakota’s rate, the nation’s highest, was a full 57…
    Mitch Kokai, January 14, 2019
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    Scary headline overlooks positive experiences

    Families have found nontraditional ways to meet a basic need with less regulation and lower costs. The headline warns “experts are concerned,” but the families are generally happy with their experience. This time, experts are not wringing their hands about “unaccountable” charter schools,  but about health care sharing ministries. The…
    Joseph Coletti, December 17, 2018
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    Human freedom

    Carlo Lancellotti has done the English-speaking world a great service in translating and commenting on the work of Italian philosopher Augusto Del Noce. Consider “Augusto Del Noce on the ‘New Totalitarianism'” from the summer 2017 issue of Communio, which elucidates Del Noce’s views on ‘scientism’ and transcendence. In…
    Joseph Coletti, December 17, 2018
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    About those “Consent Videos”

    Lyman Stone retweeted this thread:…
    Jon Guze, December 7, 2018
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    Thankful For Our North Carolina Farmers

    We are thankful for our farmers every day of the year, but especially this Thanksgiving following one of the most destructive storms to ever hit the coast of the Carolinas. From John Locke Foundation’s Joe Coletti: It is hard to imagine what would be on tables this Thanksgiving if it…
    Anna Manning, November 16, 2018
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    Work requirements are “fourth best” option

    What works better than work requirements to get poor people to work? During a roundtable discussion on work requirements in anti-poverty programs, Michael Tanner of the Cato Institute 1) general economic growth, 2) removing barriers to participation in economic growth such as occupational licenses and post-prison criminal sanctions on…
    Joseph Coletti, October 26, 2018
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    The value of giving time and money

    As younger generations join family giving decisions, there is a greater emphasis on giving locally and on giving time. While people in business, governments, nonprofits and foundations continue to seek investments that scale, there is also a reemerging acceptance that some of the most significant investments we make (in…
    Joseph Coletti, October 23, 2018