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.

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Argumentum ad baculum

Politics | Look out for neighborhood bullies
by Joel Belz
Posted 4/15/16, 01:00 am

Brute force is almost never an admirable substitute for sound reasoning when someone’s trying to win an argument. Even the threat of such force should raise serious doubts about the legitimacy of the threatener’s position.

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Krieg Barrie

Society of stakeholders

Healthcare | Obamacare is only one aspect of the healthcare mess
by Joel Belz
Posted 4/01/16, 01:00 am

A routine visit to my doctor a couple of weeks ago reminded me that—well, let’s just say it reminded me there’s no such thing anymore as a routine visit to my doctor.

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Krieg Barrie

Back to Walmart

Campaign 2016 | In candidate survey, ordinary folks didn’t exactly inspire confidence
by Joel Belz
Posted 3/18/16, 01:00 am

I am in no sense a political expert. But this year, what does that matter? Neither is anyone else. That realization is all it took for me, a few days ago, to head out again to my favorite spot just outside the front door of my neighborhood Walmart. I wanted to find out what the locals were thinking.

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