Joel Belz

Joel, WORLD's founder, writes a regular column for the magazine and contributes commentaries for The World and Everything in It. He is also the author of Consider These Things.

Back to square one

History | If you could fix America by rewinding history, how far would you go?
by Joel Belz
Posted 2/14/18, 12:41 pm

I’ve asked the same question in this space half a dozen different ways—but here it is again: If, by merely snapping your fingers or waving a magic wand, you could take the society and culture you live in today back to some earlier point, what date would you choose? If you could rewind the video recorder we call “America’s History” and be awarded a second chance, what would you pick as your new starting point?

Or, to put it more succinctly—and more bluntly—where did we go so wrong?

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Diapers are demography

Family | Aren’t you curious to know why Huggies executives are worried about a decline in sales?
by Joel Belz
Posted 1/31/18, 05:05 pm

A couple of news items grabbed my attention a few days ago. But it was more for what they didn’t report than for what they did.

The first involved a veteran CEO’s report to the stockholders of his big company. “Times are good,” he was able to report truthfully. The consensus in the room was that the economy is good and that the new tax laws are favorable. But then, conceding that there were also a few dark clouds on the horizon, the executive stopped short of what seems to me might have been a very helpful analysis.

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Wanted—a few hard workers

Work & Calling | Has old-fashioned, sweat-of-the-brow labor become an occupation to avoid?
by Joel Belz
Posted 1/16/18, 08:31 pm

A couple of electrical circuits in the basement of my house were acting up, and the nagging reality hit me: It’s time to call an electrician. No, Joel, I argued with myself, you can do this. It’s an obvious do-it-yourself assignment. But that’s when my visiting brother-in-law settled the matter. “Joel,” he said with finality, “it’s time to call an electrician.”

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