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    National Proposal Day: Making That Promise and Making It Last

    The vernal equinox may have inspired Shakespeare to declare “the spring time, the only pretty ring time.” Fittingly, it was chosen as the date for National Proposal Day—a holiday initiated to nudge young men to pop the question to their special someones. And that’s a noble intention given the emergence … More

    Volunteerism in America Hits a 10-Year Low

    A report recently released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics revealed that volunteerism in America is at a 10-year low. This decline in civic engagement puzzled some commentators who noted that the downward trend wasn’t related to the greying of America, since the only age cohort with an increase in … More

    (Sex) Workers of the World, Unite!

    Until recently, few Duke University students had probably heard of Miriam Weeks, a.k.a. “Belle Knox.” But some, at least, were familiar with her body of work. She is doing something old-fashioned: working to put herself through college. But she’s doing it in a very modern way: by making pornography. And … More

    One Change That Would Actually Help Reduce Child Poverty

    The Children’s Defense Fund recently declared war on child poverty—despite the fact that we’re already 50 years and $20 trillion into a War on Poverty that hasn’t achieved its goals. What can be done to help poor children break through the cycle of poverty that many of them are born … More

    Awaiting a Season for Civility

    Do you think it’s too late for a Christmas gift idea? Not for the one I have in mind. It’s something you can give right now to anyone you like. It’s something that’s sorely needed in policy circles and political debates; namely, civility. Alas, what we’re seeing in the marketplace … More

    Pope Francis and America’s Obligations to the Poor

    Americans are a generous and conscientious people, concerned with making sure that no one falls through the cracks and that everyone is given a fair shot at leading a thriving life. This is, perhaps, one reason why Pope Francis’s recent call for all of us to remember our obligations to … More

    What Obama Got Right and What He Got Wrong on Economic Mobility

    When it comes to economic mobility, the President often starts out by making some statements that Republicans and Democrats have always agreed on, such as: While we don’t promise equal outcomes, we have strived to deliver equal opportunity—the idea that success doesn’t depend on being born into wealth or privilege, … More

    VIDEO: Home Is Where Neighbors Help

    Ethel Parker had never had a bathroom in her home. She’d walk to the nearest convenience store when she needed to use the restroom, until Hearts for Homes—a locally supported nonprofit based in Denton, Texas—discovered her situation. “To go into a house that has never had a bathroom and put … More

    Will Obamacare Bring Down Progressivism?

    The implosion of Obamacare indicts not just the law itself, but the whole edifice of progressivism—a philosophy rooted in the belief that government, supposedly administered by “the best and the brightest,” can run things better than individuals. That idea is now, again, being proven incorrect. The hubris in the progressive … More

    Getting Americans Back to Helping Each Other

    Heritage distinguished fellow and former Assistant Secretary of State Kim R. Holmes, at a recent event for his new book Rebound: Getting America Back to Great, argued that America’s decline is not inevitable; there’s still a chance to turn things around. Today, America is one of the freest and most … More