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60Just or Unjust Desertshttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2014/01/just-or-unjust-deserts
Tue, 21 Jan 2014 14:49:00 -email@example.com (Kate Pitrone)The other day, Paul Krugman had a piece in the NYT about the
His argument is about the
question of equality in America, claiming that the rich have no right to be
rich. They just do not deserve that good fortune. He says, “While we can and should have a
serious debate about what to do about this situation, the simple factAmerican capitalism as currently constituted is undermining the foundations of
middle-class societyshouldn’t be up for argument.” Well, it is up for argument.
Last Words https://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2014/01/last-words
Mon, 13 Jan 2014 21:24:55 -firstname.lastname@example.org (Kate Pitrone)I buy secondhand books. My collecting habit began in New York, when I was young. We could go to the remainder floor of certain publishers located in Manhattan and buy hardback books for twenty-five cents or a dollar. Paperbacks were five or ten cents. These were books that no one wanted, had been returned by bookstores, and often they were classics with damaged sleeves. There were other books, too. Romances that no one loved. Failed textbooks, or biographies of people no one had ever heard of. Half of what was available, I didn’t want, either. But over a warehouse floor full of tables covered with upturned books, there were treasures among the unwanted. I could walk out with bags of books for ten dollars and spend weeks reading.
]]>Another War We Cannot Win: the Fifty-Years War on Povertyhttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2014/01/another-war-we-cannot-win-the-fifty-years-war-on-poverty
Thu, 09 Jan 2014 10:20:58 -email@example.com (Kate Pitrone)Greg Weiner at the Library of Law and Liberty blog writes today to remind us that
The War on Poverty Turns 50
. Yesterday, listening to NPR’s “All Things Considered”, I heard that one of the last things JFK said to LBJ before he died was that the latter had to “do something” about eradicating poverty in America. I paraphrase, but not much. This was not all that had me rolling my eyes. The implication of NPR’s piece was that the War on Poverty had been a great thing, a noble effort. Reading Weiner, I suspect the answer to why they could think so lies here:
]]>Happy New Yearhttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2014/01/happy-new-year
Wed, 01 Jan 2014 12:42:55 -firstname.lastname@example.org (Kate Pitrone)Happy new year and here is why we have had ever happier new years in the lifetimes of anyone alive today. Regardless of the politics of nations, or the decline of social standards, or anything else we might deplore or fear, the living standards of people all over the world improve. Industrialization, world trade, technological innovations all make the lives of people better.
The world poverty rate is in steady decline.
]]>Reading From Left to Righthttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2013/10/reading-from-left-to-right
Sat, 26 Oct 2013 14:30:49 -email@example.com (Kate Pitrone)
]]>Our Debt to the Future Generationhttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2013/10/our-debt-to-the-future-generation
Mon, 21 Oct 2013 13:02:15 -firstname.lastname@example.org (Kate Pitrone)
]]>What the American People Hatehttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2013/10/what-the-american-people-hate
Sun, 06 Oct 2013 11:09:25 -email@example.com (Kate Pitrone)