Michael D. Tanner, a longtime poverty researcher for the libertarian Cato Institute and a National Review Online columnist, is rethinking some things. In the preface to his new book, he writes that some friends of his have “rais[ed] my consciousness” on certain issues. Racism and the legacy of slavery, for example, are bigger obstacles to success, even in a free market, than he had truly grappled with before.
In the book’s early pages he also writes that government spending on the poor isn’t totally useless. True, the official poverty rate hasn’t fallen much since the War on Poverty began — but that
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