The Trouble With the “Working Hypothesis”

Posted On: Jan 14, 2019   |   Posted By: Foreign Affairs

Oren Cass, domestic issues director for Mitt Romney 's 2012 presidential campaign and a writer for National Review and other journals, has produced a conservative's treatise on the social and economic ills of America, and what might be done to repair them. The Once and Future Worker , published in November, holds that a social philosophy based on consumption, equality, the welfare state and quality of life achieved through regulation-the essential vision of a liberal century from the Roosevelts through Richard Nixon -should be scrapped for more solid values: work, family, country, one might say. Above all, Cass believes in a society and culture rooted in the pride and pleasures of productive labor. “argument at its most basic," he writes, "is that work matters.

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