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Rich Barlow

Rich Barlow writes for BU Today, Boston University’s news website.

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Labor

The Conservative Case For Unions

By Rich Barlow

Unions negotiating wages and benefits with their employers would be one free-market solution to inequality, lessening the need for government action.

History

Lincoln And The Limits of American Power

By Rich Barlow

Abraham Lincoln is overlooked for his foreign policy. But he modeled restrained realism abroad, and has much to teach us about how to thrive in the post-American century.

Policy

Repaving The Road To Compromise

By Rich Barlow

Earlier this month, in a rare showing of bipartisan compromise, Congress passed a $305 billion measure to fund roads, bridges and rail lines.

Religion

God's Secretary Of State

By Rich Barlow

Francis is one of the world’s most formidable diplomats, flexing the Vatican’s foreign policy muscle in a way unseen for at least a generation.

Religion

What’s The Matter With Indiana? Sadly, Religion

By Rich Barlow

In Indiana’s law allowing businesses to turn away customers they find objectionable on religious grounds, religion is not a lovely fig leaf concealing ugly malice. It is the root, the cause of the prejudice behind the law.

Policy

The Fate Of Our Farms

By Rich Barlow

The federal farm bill runs out in September, and so far, there is no compromise in Washington to extend it. To understand what lawmakers should do, you first must know all the bad the current policy does.

Politics

Channeling FDR: The Republicans Need A New Deal

By Rich Barlow

Desperate to re-brand themselves after last November’s drubbing, the GOP should endorse a seemingly radical idea that’s actually solidly conservative: a New Deal-style jobs program.

Economy

Why We Need Inflation

By Rich Barlow

Inflation is largely perceived to be a dirty word — but attitudes are changing. Some economists believe a modest, sustained inflation is just the tonic for our global recessionary hangover.

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