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Conservative Oren Cass’s best-selling indictment of American labor and social policy since World War II attacks his fellow conservatives almost as much as it excoriates liberals. His central argument – that policy must help and encourage employed workers instead of idle ones – surprisingly offers more support for the displaced and unemployed than exists currently. Cass’s advocacy of an end to unskilled immigration and a shift from welfare for the idle to assistance for the employed, for example, is controversial. Yet, his suggested remedies don’t seem punitive. He holds a strong conviction and makes a strong argument that two-parent, working families are the cure for almost all that ails society. Yet Cass cherry-picks statistics throughout and underestimates how new and emerging technologies will affect work. He will provoke debate. Cass offers interesting – if at times outmoded – ideas to all concerned with the future of US society.
About the Author
Oren Cass is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research. Previously, he was the domestic policy director for Mitt Romney’s US presidential campaign. He’s also a former editor of the Harvard Law Review.