The communal power of a real job

Before talking about redistribution, consider building a solid foundation of a cohesive society anchored on work, family and community.

In the United States, the conservative blueprint envisions a flourishing society built upon a foundation of strong families and communities, buttressed by a free market. But cracks in that foundation are widening, the structure is swaying and market forces are providing little support. In response, conservatives are turning their focus to workers.

This response emerges from an insight that I like to call the working hypothesis: that a labour market in which workers can support strong families and communities is the central determinant of long-term prosperity and should be the central focus of public policy.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 08, 2019, with the headline 'The communal power of a real job'. Print Edition | Subscribe