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There’s no silver bullet—no simple legislative fix—for the skills gaps plaguing industry after industry and constricting opportunity for workers. But Washington could make a big dent in the problem.

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For Banter’s 300th episode, Arthur Brooks joined the show to discuss free enterprise, aspirational leadership, and the year ahead.

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Members of the working class are not solely the victims of economic change and inadequate public policy. They have agency, and they themselves bear some responsibility for the frustration and anger they feel. Yet much of our public conversation implicitly denies this basic fact.

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With respectful dialogue across ideological lines all too often lacking on their own campuses, the program provides a unique opportunity for productive political discourse.

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Without curing the underlying malaise, including by making sure that democratic capitalism is no longer seen as a rigged or zero-sum game, the efforts to root out non-transparent funding are bound to remain a fool’s errand. And in the worst case, such efforts might even jeopardise one of the West’s key strengths: its pluralism and openness.

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“AEI is better positioned than anywhere I’ve worked to change the minds of policymakers and influencers in the direction of freedom, opportunity, and purpose.”

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In this short-read Q&A, author Bhu Srinivasan discusses his book, “Americana: A 400 Year History Of American Capitalism.”

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We need people willing to stand up and say, rich and poor alike, we all have collective responsibility for the common good. And we need a culture of responsibility, not one of victimhood, because if you define yourself as a victim, you can never be free.

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Somehow Washington might break up or heavily regulate Big Tech — which like Wall Street is politically powerful and economically critical but also pretty darn popular? It seems an almost fantastical notion.

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This week on Banter, Ed Glaeser explained how entrepreneurship helps America’s cities to thrive as well as options to make housing in these prosperous cities more affordable.

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