SOURCE: The Nation
by Elizabeth Anderson
Philosopher Elizabeth Anderson reviews Michael Sandel's critique of meritocracy, a book that locates an explanation for the Trumpian moment in the rise of competitive individualism in the platforms of both major parties.
SOURCE: Washington Post
by Andrew Lynn
Over 100 years, a tactic first designed to keep workers happy morphed into a marketing strategy.
by Robin Lindley
Inside the largest social welfare program in American history ... at a nuclear production facility founded as part of the Manhattan Project.
by Eric Laursen
Image via Shutterstock.How did it come about that people have a “right” to certain benefits from the state -- or “entitlement,” in the loaded language of our day? A fascinating new paper by legal scholar Karen N. Tani argues that the idea of “welfare rights” first became commonplace not amongst activists in the 1960s, but with a group of mid-level Roosevelt administration officials who in the late 1930s were trying to get an ambitious new state-federal assortment of anti-poverty programs off the ground.
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