Marvin Olasky

Marvin is editor in chief of WORLD and the author of more than 20 books, including The Tragedy of American Compassion. His latest book is Reforming Journalism. Follow Marvin on Twitter @MarvinOlasky.

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Books | Economic challenges and opportunities
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 10/24/19, 01:16 pm

One year from now we face a presidential election that may hinge on economic developments. David G. Blanchflower’s Not Working: Where Have All the Good Jobs Gone? (Princeton, 2019) points out that a high stock market and low unemployment still leave many workers underemployed or giving up. Blanchflower is mostly right that “the young are not striking out on their own and there is a storm of fury building,” but his suggestions—more government spending, creating a “universal basic income” dole—would probably worsen our plight.

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An answer and a solution

Sports | How Clayton Kershaw will get over it
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 10/10/19, 03:51 pm

Clayton Kershaw Will Never Get Over It.” That’s what Deadspin headlined an article this morning by its deputy editor, Barry Petchesky. Kershaw, often called this decade’s greatest major league pitcher, enjoyed a two-run lead as he began the eighth inning of the winner-take-all game between his Los Angeles Dodgers and the Washington Nationals. Then: two pitches, two home runs. Soon, the Dodgers lost.

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Counting the minutes

Books | And pondering eternity
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 10/10/19, 01:01 pm

In This Life: Secular Faith and Spiritual Freedom (Pantheon, 2019), Martin Hägglund understandably writes, “The thought of my own death, and the death of everything I love, is utterly painful. I do not want to die, since I want to sustain my life and the life of what I love.” But he then writes, “At the same time, I do not want my life to be eternal. An eternal life is not only unattainable but also undesirable, since it would eliminate the care and passion that animate my life.”

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