A conservative vision for social justice

“Conservative” and “social justice” aren’t phrases that normally go together.

That needs to change — today.

Democrats and Republicans have spent five years having the same old political arguments. In that time, with an ostensibly “progressive” administration in the White House, the wealthy have compounded their advantages and the poor have been left behind.

It’s time for a new approach.


In this compelling Vision Talk, Arthur Brooks explains how both liberals and conservatives are letting poor Americans down. The left implements policies that are actually counterproductive, while the right doesn’t even sound like it cares about vulnerable people. Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute, lays out principles for a new agenda to fulfill this country’s moral promise to our struggling brothers and sisters.

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Time to take action

These new insights won’t put themselves into practice. Struggling Americans need your help.

Here’s how you can join the fight for social justice:

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Get more Arthur Brooks. Brooks is a prolific social scientist and public intellectual. His regular New York Times columns teach — among other things — how carrying a “magic briefcase” can change your behavior, how to become a “sturdy lad” instead of a “city doll,” and why money, power, and sex can bring misery rather than contentment. His most recent book is The Road to Freedom: How to Win the Fight for Free Enterprise.

Hear from other new voices. Leading voices in Washington, D.C. are talking about opportunity in new and counter-intuitive ways. Michael Strain argues that struggling Americans deserve “more than the minimum wage,”and offers better policy ideas in its place. Arthur Brooks challenges everyone, whatever line of work we’re in, to ask how our job can be a helping profession. And in this popular YouTube playlist, Brooks asks Bill Gates all the big questions about the future of fighting poverty.

Roll up your sleeves. When is the last time you truly gave of yourself to others? Every single one of us can probably afford to dedicate a little more of our time, our talents, or our treasure to the service of people who need our help. Whether through charitable donations or regular volunteering, we have the power to change lives today.