Magazine December 31, 2018, Issue

An Economy That Works

Workers prepare boxes for shipment inside of an Amazon fulfillment center in Robbinsville, N.J., November 27, 2017. (Lucas Jackson/Reuters)
­­The Once and Future Worker: A Vision for the Renewal of Work in America, by Oren Cass (Encounter, 280 pages, $25.99)

The market is now flooded with books that claim to explain the flaws in the American economy that have led to stagnation in the income and prosperity of working-class Americans. But one book stands out for its originality and the depth of
its analysis.

Oren Cass, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and the former domestic-policy director for the Romney presidential campaign, begins his book on workers and the economy, The Once and Future Worker, with a succinct and surprising summary of his views on the American economy and its impact on families and communities. He says that over the last

Ron HaskinsMr. Haskins is a senior fellow in economic studies at the Brookings Institution and a co-director of the Center on Children and Families.

In This Issue



Books, Arts & Manners




Readers weigh in on Allen C. Guelzo’s “The Great War’s Great Price” and Kevin D. Williamson’s “Pillars of Fire.”
The Week

The Week

The worst part about getting coal in your stocking isn’t the indignity; it’s the notice of violation from the EPA.
The Long View

Holiday Revisions

From “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” words and music by Frank Loesser, with revisions and amendments by the women’s-studies department at Bard College…


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